Getting an acting agent isn't as hard as it looks. Here are some steps you should follow before approaching a big agent.
1.Get an acting job and have something on your resume
2.Send some information about your self to some of the agencies (at least 5).
3. Send a headshot of yourself to the agencies.
4. Find out where some auditions are.
5. Meet the agent and invite them to the Audition.
Here are three of the biggest companies in the acting business:
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
International Creative Management, INC. (ICM)
William Morris Agency
Here are some of the things you can say when you are approaching your agent:
" Hi, I'm looking for representation, and I'm acting in a play at the Slapstick Playhouse on Thursday night. Could I send you some tickets?" or " I have a video tape of my talent, would you like me to send it to you?"
You should research some talent agencies and find one that is going to accept you. Talent agencies very often specialize in certain categories. For example, you wouldn't want to send a headshot to a talent agency that represents voice acting only or an agency that represents Hispanic actors or comedians.
Never pay an agent a fee
Legitimate agents should not charge to find you work
Sometimes they will ask you to sign a contract; sometimes they will not
They still could send you out on auditions if you don't sign a contract
Most contracts say that the agent gets 10 or 15 % of any job they book for you
You shouldn't sign anything without looking it over first with an adult
Never meet an agent at their house unless there is someone with you
If you think something is strange, don't go or proceed with caution
Once you have a talent agent, you shouldn't just simply lay around and wait for an offer. Once you have an agent, talk to them about jobs.