Hello Focused Ones!
Ashley here, a.k.a. The Fearless Actress, wanting to share with you the number one way to find a legitimate agency. If you are reading this post, then you are ready to take your acting career to the next level. However, there are many scams out there! Not everyone is out there to help your career. To cut out the foolishness, here is the best way to find an agency: NETWORK!
Now, you might be thinking, “Ashley, what does networking have to do with finding an agency? I want to be in commercials, movies, plays, right now!” Networking has EVERYTHING to do with finding an agency. Need an example?
Back in 2013, I graduated from college with my degree in Theater Arts. During that time I had no idea how to begin my career. I foolishly thought my degree was the ultimate benchmark to my acting journey. This type of thinking is absolutely wrong! No one knew who I was and, most importantly, I didn’t know anyone in the industry.
Without wasting time, I searched the internet for acting and filmmaker groups in my area. I joined Meet-up.com and joined as many groups as I could. One group I found, Tacoma Filmmakers, hosts monthly networking events with accomplished men and women in the film industry. I took a chance on myself and attended the networking event. At the end of the night, I talked to everyone in the room and I listened intently to every conversation. It was at the Tacoma Filmmakers group that I found out about different shoots in the Seattle and Portland area.
Weeks later, I was at a shoot for an industrial for Kroger in Portland, Oregon. I made sure to talk to (and listen) to as many actors and crew as I could. Throughout the day, I learned more about agencies in the greater Seattle area than I would have by solely searching the internet. Whether good, bad, or indifferent, I heard it all! Because of all the information, I was able to make an informed decision about which agency to contact for representation.
Simply put, here are the action steps to take to find an agent:
- Network, network network!
-Find filmmaker and acting groups in your area and meet people! Don’t be scared. Get out there and become friends with successful people in the industry.
- Keep a notebook with you and take notes.
-Make sure to keep a small journal or notebook with you! The information you will hear will
be vital to your success.
- Use the internet to find contact information for agencies.
-Please do this step AFTER you complete steps 1 and 2. The internet is a great tool to find agencies in your area. However, the point of networking and becoming friends with people in the industry is to have support for your career.
- Be authentic!
– People are smart. They know if someone is genuine and if someone is not. Get to know people in film. Trust me, you need friends to make it in this life. 🙂
There you have it! Networking is crucial for finding an agent. The entertainment business is a relationship-based industry. Get out there, make friends, and create your career. For more acting tips, suggestions, and advice, check out my site at www.thefearlessactress.com and subscribe! When you subscribe, you will receive my free e-book, 5 Fearless Ways to Conquer The Audition. Stay blessed!
To your success,
P.S. Special shout out to Tacoma Fillmmakers for helping me with my acting journey! For more information about their group, go to www.tacomafilmmakers.com.
Ashley Noelle Jackson possesses many talents on and off stage and film. Originally from University Place, Washington, she attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 2013. Shortly after, she won Best Actress for her lead role in the short film, UnReflected at the Wait-A-Minute Film Festival in Tacoma, Washington. Jackson worked at KBTC Public Television and gained experience in TV production and hosting. She now resides in her hometown of University Place, Washington, but is willing to travel when the opportunity arises. When she isn’t working, Jackson loves playing video games, especially the Nintendo 64.