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Why Having a Talent Agent Will Benefit Your Career

Why Having a Talent Agent Will Benefit Your Career

10 May 19
School Blog

If you want to make it as an actor, dancer or singer, you’ll need to find a good agent to represent you. Talent agents are personally invested in your career and help you to secure work in film, theatre, music videos, TV and adverts. Essentially, they act as the middlemen between talent and those seeking talent.

What is a good talent agent?

A good agent should always have your best interests at heart. This is achieved by putting you forward for roles that are right for you. If your agent is putting your forward for jobs that you don’t feel comfortable with or that could potentially ruin your reputation within the industry, that’s a huge red flag.
They should invest in you because they recognise you are talented and representing you would be not only benefit you, but also benefit them. The more successful their clients are, the more reputable the agent will be. It’s a win win situation.

What does the role of an agent typically look like?

The role of a talent agent involves a lot of communication and negotiating. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Contacting potential clients as well as potential employers
  • Viewing casting breakdowns and suggesting clients for roles
  • Organising auditions and recalls
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Updating CV’s
  • Processing payments

 

The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School boasts its own agency which has secured professional work for many of its students. Clients have worked in School of Rock (West End), The Lion King (West End), Motown the Musical (West End), Tina the Musical (West End), The Bodyguard (UK tour, Canada, China), Swimming with Men (2018 film), plus many more!

If you want your agent to help take your career to the next level, you'll need someone who is well conected in the industry. If they have top casting directors sending them breakdowns regularly, that's the kind of agent that you're going to need by your side. 

Shadia Ashiru