How to Find an Agency for Singing & Acting

by Johnny Kilhefner

Talent agencies are vital for new actors and singers to settle into a lucrative career. Actors and singers follow a similar process in securing representation. Singers may even work as actors in musicals or when portraying singers. Finding the right agency is critical, as actors and singers need representation that will look out for the interests of their clients above all else.

Do Your Research

The right agency can make the difference between achieving success and aspiring to success. Actors and singers may benefit from an agent franchised by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or SAG-AFTRA. Talent agents franchised by SAG-AFTRA may only charge 10 percent commissions and focus on getting you employed and negotiating contracts.

Create a Resume

Create a resume and cover letter to send to your representation choices. The more experience you have, the better. Include any gigs you've had in the past and the extent of your education related to acting or singing. Include your contact info -- email, website, social media -- and any special skills you may have. Actors who can skateboard, for instance, may land higher paying roles as a special ability actor.

Get Headshots

Acting and singing are both visual industries, and your look may be a deciding factor for talent agencies considering taking you on. You'll need to have professional head shots to present your image to potential agencies. Head shots consist of commercial and theatrical. Commercial head shots refer to the warm side of the actor, usually showing a smile. Theatrical shots emphasize your characteristics naturally. Choose the type of head shot that aligns with your career goals, or use both types to showcase a wide range.

Record a Demo

While image is important for singers, the most vital aspect is whether or not you can sing. To this end, you'll need a demo showcasing your talent as a singer. The demo should be short -- about three to four tracks -- and you should tailor it to the specific agency you're submitting to. Some agencies may represent a particular genre or might have a specific sound they look for. Use your research to your advantage when putting together a demo.

Submit to Agencies

You're finally ready to submit your materials to the right talent agency to represent you throughout your career. Staple your head shot to the back of the resume or print the resume directly on the back of the head shot. Write a cover letter explaining what you're looking for and what you offer. For actors, indicate your desired career path; if you're a singer, discuss your demo briefly.

About the Author

Johnny Kilhefner is a writer with a focus on technology, design and marketing. Writing for more than five years, he has contributed to Writer's Weekly, PopMatters, Bridged Design and APMP, among many other outlets.

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