Brilliant Advice From A Certified Talent Agent to Aspirants in The Entertainment Industry

Being a talent agent for several years, I’ve represented hundreds of actors and actresses for movies, TV shows, theater, voiceovers, and commercials. While everyone may dream of becoming a big star n the entertainment industry, this job is not for everyone.

If you’re an aspirant star, here are some things you should know by heart about your preferred career path.


If you aim to start a career in this industry, be prepared with amazing photos of yourself. Give any casting office an idea of what you look like, in different angles and looks.


As a talent agent, I won’t make money unless I get my clients their bookings. I want them to work hard and pay attention to suggestions and criticisms that will help build their careers. Most of all, there should be passion, at all times.


An audition is not a pedicure nor a haircut appointment. You have to come in as if it’s your top priority. Make us all feel that you want, love, and need to be it. Remember, each audition you attend is your opportunity to be signed. Your willingness to do everything possible should be there.

10% AGENT 90% YOU

Your booking agent will do everything possible to fight for your spot. You should do the same. We will bring you to casting calls, but what happens during the audition is all you. Please refrain from blaming your talent agents if you do not get signed. Work hard for it. Make the casting staff feel that no one else deserves the spot. Practice your lines, reinvent yourself, and make sure you’re not picky.

Getting callbacks is 90% your job and 10% your agent’s, not the other way around. Brace yourself and be ready, because there are a lot more others who want the same exposure. Put your heart, mind, and soul to it, and the rest will follow.


Secrets To Acing Your Auditions and Getting Signed for The Role

Going to audition can be nerve wrecking and downright scary. So to help ease your anxiety and be better at showcasing your talent, we’ve come up with a few helpful tips that can help you get that career.

Be Punctual in All Activities of the Event


Never be late. A day before the audition, drive by and inspect the surrounding parking areas of the studio and plan out your arrival. Be on site 10-20 minutes earlier than the said schedule, so you still have enough time to get mentally prepared. Also, if other activities will be required of you during this day, see to it that you’re present earlier than the said time.

Bring Everything Expected of You


Bring a hard copy of your resume and best photo to the audition whether you’ve been asked to do so or not. Judges want to see your experiences in theater, film, radio, TV, etc. Any pieces of training attended, and above all that they want to see how you look in a photo. You want to catch their attention by striking an impression that you’ve confidently prepared well for the audition.

Practice and Memorize your Lines


During this phase, you will most likely be asked to memorize a script and act the part out in front of the judges. Research words that are new to you and find out how they are pronounced correctly. Memorize your script by heart by practicing at home, with a friend, or by filming yourself with your phone or webcam. Most auditioners forget that this trick can significantly help identify flaws in their acting by watching and replaying the recording. This way, they can correct any mistakes before the actual audition.

Understand the Script and the Character


Casting directors look for distinct personalities among many auditioners that all look the same. So before getting on stage, read your script and note down the type of character you need to be. For instance, when the scene calls for someone brave and bold, do not step into a timid, shy type character. Avoid making the people in the studio uncomfortable by making them part of the scene and avoid making unnecessary noises like stomping your foot to indicate an impacting scenario.

Remember that an audition is your ticket to stardom. Do your best while you have the chance.


How to Start a Career as a Talent Agent and Last Long

Professional and licensed talent agents in the entertainment industry are known to land artists with huge paychecks, blockbuster roles in the big and small screen, and numerous endorsements. In return, they can enjoy handsome income with decent commission and percentages off the royalty fees of their agreements. But before achieving these heights, any aspiring talent agent will go through long and stressful hours landing jobs for their talent.

Let’s review some of the responsibilities any agent will have before landing a decision to take this full-time career.

1. Trainee

Almost all trainees start their experience in the agency’s mailroom. Here you will be introduced to the functions of different departments as you sort and route documents to the respective individuals. You may also be rotated from one to another division and be asked to take on an agent’s desk. During this phase, you may be able to identify which department you have the most passion about and which suits your skills better.

2. Assistant Trainee

After spending some 3-6 months as a Trainee, the next step is to become an assistant. Here you will be assigned to different regular agents and be taught of the tools and necessary skills needed in a particular division of the agency.

3. Full-Time Assistant

Once you’ve been evaluated to have done well as a Trainee and Assistant, you can be absorbed to work as a Full-time Assistant. Here you will be taking on multiple tasks such as interacting with clients and executives, travel arrangements, liaising with different departments, coordinating meetings, etc. This phase is when some of the duties of an actual agent will be partially handed over to you and when you can partially test your sales and negotiating skills.

4. Full-Time Agent

Your last promotion as a full-time agent depends on the time frame of the training program, your learning curve, and performance review. If you can do a great job as an assistant, then you can get promoted within a few years into the career. As a regular agent, you will represent celebrity and non-celebrity artists in all areas of media such as endorsements, small and wide screen acting, voiceovers, productions, music, etc. Your primary task is to showcase their talent and secure their employment. For this reason, some successful agents establish their agencies as this fit those who have a background in law and contract writing.

These are the four steps you need to undergo before becoming successful in the talent management industry.