Howard Talent West is the worst agent I have ever had. Bonnie is a very weird, quirky, germaphobe who's roots are always showing and very confrontational via phone. I would not want her repping my worst enemy. there #1 ranked client hasn't booked since recurring on the "Waltons" which was a show from 35 years ago. please read my review below:
i respect anyone's right to disagree with me, but before attacking or trying to school me keep in mind that i wrote this review with an honest account of what happened and i am publishing it HERE for your benefit. people have good & bad experiences with agents all the time. mine was BAD. hence i wrote about it to warn others. which is a worthwhile endeavor. this review is for your benefit. enjoy.
To counter that, I wouldn't say HTW is the worst agent I ever had but she's not the best. I've been with her for 3 years since I moved to LA and she definitely got me in the doors for some awesome series regular/guest star auditions as well as co-star parts to which I booked a good number from.
She is very confrontational and very fiery so she is certainly not everybody's cup of tea. But she's a hard-worker and while it was sad that I left her for Sovereign (yeah yeah I know, a much better agency, yes I know), she did get me to where I am today.
Good for you. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
Hi Secret Agent Man,
LOVE reading all your posts! Would it be possible to narrow down your agency list for kids only?
I wonder if that would change the rankings a bit. For example you have Osbrink as "a little lower" or fourth tier in your list. But I understand for kids they are one of the best?
I wonder if the same goes for AKA, Coast to Coast, CESD and Savage. And is Daniel Hoff in the same level as them? And are they all a notch lower than KSR for kids also?
Sorry, I just seem to come across so much conflicting information so it would be nice to hear from an actual agent that knows the most current information.
Your advice would be so helpful! My husband and I are just looking into submitting to agencies for our 10 year old boy and any advice you may have would be great!
The level of ADULT divisions do NOT correlate with the level of their Kid divisions!
Osbrink is one of the best for kids. Their adult theatrical division when SAM made this list wasn't very good and now is no longer in existence.
CESD actually just recently started an adult division. We'll see how that goes. They're still one of the best for commercials, kids, and vo.
Coast to Coast is strong commercially and for kids.
Daniel Hoff is strong commercially and for kids. Their adult theatrical keeps on changing agents and has yet to be near the same level as the other divisions.
Kid and adult repa are very different beasts.
For example, KSR doesn't even have a kids department anymore (Phillip, Jody and Bonnie have their kids at Clear now). Savage has never repped adults, only kids.
FYI - that list I posted is ancient. I'll try to get around to a new one soon but there just aren't enough hours in the day...
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
Thanks everyone for the replies and Happy 4th of July! The info is definitely helpful.
Secret Agent Man, know it's a lot of work to redo the whole list, so would it be possible for you to just list out your Top 5 or Top 10 agencies for kids? Or at least the ones that would consider taking beginners?
Thanks a lot again!
I agree with you. ive been with bonnie a little over a yr and shes wack. ive had under 10 auditions so far with them. When i got with them, i had no credits and now i have 2 co stars and 1 indiefilm on my resume to due to my manager. when bonnie found out i had a manager she got mad. I need to get a new agent but since my manager has been sending me out alot, im not trippen but will leave her soon
TRUTHTELLER59, thanks for the great input! You mentioned Daniel Hoff is strong commercially and for kids. How about for theatrical? Also how would you rate Savage? Are they on the same level as Daniel Hoff, Osbrink, CESD, and Coast to Coast?
Also would these agencies be willing to only represent for theatrical and not commercial? I'm asking that in case my son gets an offer from on one of the top agencies for commercial only, and we need to find another agency for theatrical. I've read that agencies may not like to do that since they can make more money off beginner talent from commercial but wanted to get your thoughts on it.
Is it hard to get an agent if ur not SAG? and only have one credit?
Art is my life
If you're not young, then YES it will be harder to be Tafted theatrically. The exception is if you're in all honesty "The One" and there is no one like you already in the Union.
Commercials are a different story for you can get rafted easily.
I look much younger for my age and could pass as a teen. Could I apply to youth departments for representation if I am an adult? Just wondering if that was an option.
Is there a somewhat updated list anywhere to be found, 2014ish? It's about that time again... the joys of switching agencies.
My experience with Steve Stevens of the Stevens Group is that he is WAY past his prime. I think the guy is about 80 and he prides himself on repping actors from "Giligan's Island" and the original "Star Trek". I was with him for several months and got one audition out of him. Sent him an e-mail telling him I was dropping him as my theatrical agent and he never even so much as responded. Others have had the same experience with him.
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