Getting a Celeb Agent

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    Hi guys

    I have emailed a few agents my CV and headshots but I have got no reply. Would it be better to walk in their offices and just speak to them face 2 face?

    I Know they are very busy esp the big ones.

    Let me know what you guys think?

    Thanks

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    Hey,

    Generally how it goes is that you can't just "pop in". You have to keep doing what you're doing unfortunately.

    Unless you've had a good part in something noteable, I wouldn't think you'd be able to just "get" a celeb agent. Of course I could be wrong.

    Hope this helps :)

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    Hey Katie

    Thanks for that.

    I understand what your saying. I will go around a few agents.

    I think everyone should be given a look atleast :)

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  • Keziah Lockwood

    Actor

    what she said, but seriously just because they are a celeb agent does not make them worth it, if they have big names on their books, pound to a penny they will be sending them to all the best jobs and you won't even get a sniff. Networking is always a good way to get into biggeer agencys and better job, making friends with the right people.

    Regards

    K

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    I really do understand what you are trying to say. I believe some Celeb agents have more contacts and more friendship to casting directors (so I have been told)

    :)

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  • Paul F. Knight

    Actor

    Personally speaking I think it would be better to concentrate on your abilities and applying for auditions which you think would suit your style of acting and hopefully shining and getting noticed by a scout, rather than trying to grab their attention.

    Remember acting is like having a mistress that you love but you know you shouldn't...............

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  • Paul F. Knight

    Actor

    Personally speaking I think it would be better to concentrate on your abilities and applying for auditions which you think would suit your style of acting and hopefully shining and getting noticed by a scout, rather than trying to grab their attention.

    Remember acting is like having a mistress that you love but you know you shouldn't...............

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  • Josephine Liptrott

    Actor

    Hahaha.. Paul, that's funny! I've never heard acting described quite like that. Very apt.

    On the subject of agents, we were always told at drama school that no decent agent would sign a client without actually seeing them work. So I agree that it really would be better to concentrate on finding good roles which show you off and then invite CD's and agents to see you in the production.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!

    Best wishes, Jo

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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    To get any interest from a "Celeb Agent" first you have to be a celeb! Focus on working hard, improving the whole package and becoming a decent actor and forget all about being a celebrity!

    If all you're interested in is becoming a celebrity apply for all the reality TV gigs you can find and walk away from the acting game! That's not at all what its all about!

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    Thank you guys for all your comments..

    its helped me alot!

    I guess applying for the work yourself and getting spotted and networking is the proper way in this game to become a successful actor

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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Obviously, what everyone has said is very sensible. I assume that you were thinking simply that it might pay dividends to walk into the offices and ask for advice, as opposed to sending out endless mails and getting no feedback. I can appreciate your point of view and, although as Forbes says extremely wisely, the bigger the agency, the more likely they are to consider you solely on the basis of reputation and credit, it is not beyond the realms of the possible that certain bigger agencies will take on untried clients if they possess the right look and attitude. But the basic truth is that the reason everyone has to spend many months, sometimes years, writing, emailing and chasing around to secure agents, is that most have a great many 'safeguards' in place to avoid being inundated with unsolicited applications for representation. It is almost certain if you do actually head to the offices of a major agency and get through the door, and are taken notice of even though you have no appointment, that you will not get further than the secretary. If you manage to get that far, I am not sure what you are then asking the agency to do for you - do you hand over your CV personally? (which guarantees you nothing more than sending it in the post does?). Demand to make an appointment? You will probably be told that only the agents can make the appointments on your behalf. And so on.

    The bigger the agency, the more it is run like any other highly corporate business - and most highly corporate businesses do not play ready host to people who walk in off the street. In some cases, I am not even sure you will be able to get through the door. You'll be presented first with an intercom, asked who you are coming to meet, when your appointment is etc. and, if you have no prior arrangement, you'll find eventually that you can't proceed much further.

    You may actually be much better off chasing an appointment by writing to agencies asking for precisely that - not representation, but just a preliminary meeting. Even then, they are unlikely to have the time to wish to respond. But, at the very least, armed with an introduction to the building, you will be able to get in!

    It is worth pointing out that high level casting directors operate in exactly the same way - even when you are being cast by their office, you are unlikely to be standing in front of the principal casting director themselves - they have such things as assistants, and assistants to the assistants!

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    wow Lee..thanks I think ill keep submitting roles and waiting to get casted one day.I know what you mean now. Its going to be a hard time getting to talk to them.

    GREAT advice buddy.I hope alot of new actors take this information on board aswell.

    :)

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    From my experience, the smaller agencies with big connections are the way forward, not the big agencies. I pretty much agree with everyone s comments. But "celeb" agencies generally won't take on an un known and I'm not entirely sure there the best agents anyway. Sure they get good parts but as someone said earlier, they will only put their celebs up for the roles. Research is the key, look at who is with who and perseverance! Keep doing what your doing! It took me 4 months after leaving college to get an agent and I know people who have waited longer or still looking!

    Good luck with it all xx

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    "I guess applying for the work yourself and getting spotted and networking is the proper way in this game to become a successful actor"

    What are you after? Is it the Fame game or the craft of acting? People get spotted because their talent shines through. Either because they have such natural ability that they rise effortlessly above others and shine so bright that they can't be ignored - or, they work damn hard every day perfecting their craft and until their sweaty struggles pay off and they are offered bigger and bigger roles as their efforts are rewarded. Do you fall into either of those two categories? If not, stick to what you know.

    What does a "celeb agent" even mean? An agent who only represents 'celebs'? If so, you've a way to go to get accepted. If it means someone who 'creates' celebrities, then why bother with acting? Just go sleep with a footballer and sell your story!

    Personally, I would try contacting the agents listed on CCP as taking on new clients and approach them first. If you have any talent or the makings of 'celebrity', they'll take you on. But if you're just another fame-seeker, they'll sniff you out and ignore you.

    Maybe you need to decide who and what you are.

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    To be honest everyone that I have seen on my paths want to be famous in this industry and a movie star. Of course I want to be successful and yeah acting its treating me good at the moment. I know how annoying it gets when some people get spotted for no reason, but I believe its there destiny and yeah i think many actors are trying to find a short cut to the top by doing anything bad.I'm not! I love acting and I respect it!

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    'Either because they have such natural ability that they rise effortlessly above others and shine so bright that they can't be ignored'

    Alot of actors do shine and they are so amazing and natural! But they do get ignored.I think its all about timing and being at the right place.

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    A lot of this industry is about luck to be honest,but I do think if you focus on fame your putting precious energy in to thinking about that and not getting parts. Its who you know, what show your doing and how well you do. If your friends with a top celeb, even that dosnt always help! Plus, celebrities and famous are totally different! Since when would you see Keira Nightly or Hugh Grant on sing if you can or celebrity juice!? I do think its more important to concentrate on what jobs you do and not FOCUS on stardom!

    X

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  • Guy Press

    Actor

    I totally echo Mia - Focus on jobs not stardom - if it's acting you really want.

    Best to you. ;-)

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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    "To be honest everyone that I have seen on my paths want to be famous in this industry and a movie star."

    You need to change your social circle mate and associate yourself with genuinely hard working actors and directors! Surrounding yourself with people who just want to be famous and a "movie star" is doing you no favours what so ever!

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  • Duncan Casey

    Actor

    Hi Amir,

    This is my first post on CCP!

    I would firstly echo what has already been said about seeking an agent for the right reasons. A "Celeb Agent" whatever that is, will not necessarily be a good acting agent and in any case writing to one whilst not being a celebrity is surely a fools errand (if you'll pardon the expression).

    I have done the usual writing to agents with little or no response, as we all have. The best thing to do if you're sick of the "no call" is to go get work for yourself.

    I'm at the stage where I get plenty of work off my own bat. It's largely indie films and some student productions, but a number of them have the potential to get me noticed, be it at festivals or through contacts. If you can make agents come to you, or even just have something they'd have heard of to mention, you'll be in a much stronger position.

    I have been fortunate enough to get to know and bend the ears of some "famous" and well respected Actors and Casting Directors, all of whom have given me very possitive and constructive feedback, but as has alreay been said: this does not guarantee anything.

    Altimately the parts have to be there in the first place and powerful friends in powerful places still have to answer to studios, Directors, Producers and ultimately: the movie-going public.

    Pick a small project that you believe in, give it your all and do your utmost to promote it through festivals and the media. This is the best time for independent film, with the economy in the dumps. Make the most of it!

    I'll shut up now :)

    Best wishes,

    Duncan.

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