No Agent? don't worry.

  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    For anybody who hasn't got an agent at the moment, or between agents (like me) don't worry it's not the be and end all, I get a lot of my work through my Facebook page and Twitter page as well as roles through Spotlight and here, just market yourself more, and learn another skill, a few actors just throw all there eggs in one basket, if you have another skill (mines video editing and graphic design) it takes away the low points in the acting world.

    Plus it will come to a point where agents chase you not the other way round.

    Try not to be on the downside of misfortune non agent actors best of luck to all actors for 2013.

    Peace.

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  • Nathan Cross

    Actor

    Very encouraging post!

    thanks alot for that! Will do! :)

    Happy New Year!

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  • Natalie Rosewood

    Actor

    thankyou for that, nice to have a bit of a confidence boost from a fellow actor. I'm just starting out, so I'm pretty terrified!

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    Very sound advice! I read something in a book for directors about agents that I think should also apply to actors to give you an idea of how we need to view this industry and the advice was:

    "If an agent takes 10% of your pay you should expect them to get you 10% of your work."

    I like this idea a lot because you are your own agent too and we need to be out there marketting ourselves, being proactive and making our own connections with our own strategy. There are few businesses that move immediately from start up to raging success. It takes hard work, grit, determination and strategy.

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  • Scott Jamie Allen

    Actor

    couldnt agree more! work ur ass off it will pay off.

    Get yourself known, network, go to events.

    Nice post

    Scott

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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Yea no worries people, your a self employed business not just a person, it takes time, if you wanna network or advice from me on FB or Twitter inbox me lets make things happen together.

    Take care

    T x

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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    You can also join the "British Actors Network" on Facebook! It's like networking but you can do it on the sofa in your onesie! :-)

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  • James Ashton

    Actor

    This is brilliant advice people, I've been at an academy for about a year now and things seem to be going slow for me, I would love to get more connected, I just don't now how to go out it. HELP!

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    The mental image of you in a Onesie will stay with me, Forbes... ;)

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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Onesie, KB Forbes is from Scotland like me so when we actually say Onesie is sounds great :)

    Best of luck everybody, keep in touch.

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  • Ciara Mc Entee

    Actor

    Thanks for this..I have been really worried about not having an agent as I am only starting out now. Great advice

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  • John Rayment

    Actor

    Now I know what I'm doing wrong: I don't possess a onesie!

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    Forbes-I am now traumatised!!

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  • Carl Wharton

    Actor

    Great advice. Also even if you have an Agent then stay proactive. As already suggested FB and castingcallpro are very productive places to network and find and create work. As already suggested we are a business and we are the product so we must promote that product with full belief and keep it up to date ie learn new skills and polish our old skills. Love the business you are in and see it as a way of life, not something approached half heartedly....See you all out there and stay true to yourself.. Carl x

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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    I should at this point state, just for the record, that I don't actually own a onesie...however I'm increasingly surprised by the number of you who do! lol

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    It's also worth looking at other networking groups such as the So & So Arts Club.

    Although an online network they have regular meet ups and are also now starting to produce their own work.

    And it's very cheap to join!

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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Colin mate that sounds Mint, where they based though? London? as I checked website and it doesn't say.

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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    And BAN is free to join and always will be Colin! Just saying!

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  • Lewis Roy

    Actor

    It feels good to hear that other people feel the same! Not that I wanna hear people stressing but just in the same boat. I really want an agent but trying to get a showreel sorted, paying for some specific classes! And trying to work and audition at the same time. Can be a bit stressfull so some optimism and helping each other feels good!

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  • John Eastman

    Actor

    Great post, thanks Tony! checking the ccp website from a mini-break downunder, 42 here yesterday in Hobart, I hope to inject some heat into my work-rate this year. This was the 1st post I read for quiet a while.. Happy New Year to all. J

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