I've been researching NYC agents, and was wondering if you had any input for my list, to help me narrow it down some more. Turns out my dad is up for a job in that region, and I may have to move after this school year. I will also be graduated in Spring too, and can work as an adult, according to what the labor boards have told us, anyway. I've tried to find out as much as I could about them, but it's so hard when they all don't have a website. Anyway, my list in Alphabetical order only:
Andreadis: I may be able to get a referral from a friend.
Bauman, Redanty & Shaul: Are they too big for me?
Clear talent Group:
CESD: are they too big for me?
Buchwald: Are they too big for me? I really like them for some reason.
Jordan, Gill Durnbaum: I think I could get in here easy, but should I?
Kazarian, Spencer, Ruskin: Too Big?
Are there some you think would be a better fit for me? Please feel free to let me know. I am not sure I would be considered a beginner or can go to the next tier. Knowing my luck, I fall between the cracks! lol I am SAG-AFTRA eligible, and was nominated for a young artists award last year, if that makes any difference I have no idea. This would be for theatrical rep.
Thanks so much to anyone who may have anything to say to help me out. Thank you! I hope you all have a very Merry Holiday!
BRS, Buchwald, KSR and Harden-Curtis are probably out of your league.
I'm not sure if CESD has adult theatrical in NYC and I know Jordan, Gill Dornbaum does not. Jgd has adult commercial only.
The others are solid boutiques. I would focus on where you have referrals.
And for the record, it's competitive here...without major credits or connections or a referral none of these agencies would be "easy" to get into.
Sorry- thought you meant graduating from college- not HS.
JGD and CESD both have strong youth theatrical.
And one more tidbit of advice- I checked out your website. I think you will need better headshots to even be considered- this goes for youth + adult.
Thank you, Marbar. I appreciate the advice. Question about the headshots. How should I get them? While I am still here or wait til I get up there and get them up there? I am just thinking, it doesn't seem to matter, whenever you go with someone new they always want new shots anyway. Just seems like a waste to get them new, only to have them tell me I need new ones anyway? Thoughts?
So, unless they see 'recognizable credits' I still won't be able to get an NYC agent? This is true for 16y/o's too? (I will still be 15 when I graduate.)
But, being I will be able to work as an adult, should I try for a kids agency or an adult one?
You will be competing against 15/16/17 year olds who have been doing it in NYC already ... many of whom started a lot earlier. Both adult & youth are extremely competitive, and in your age range especially there are a lot of people competing for the jobs.
If you're planning on doing a mailing or trying to meet agents at workshops, you're going to need better headshots to make a good first impression.
If you can find a solid headshot photographer down where you are, that's fine - but do some reading on the Headshots/Reels forum for good advice and things to stay away from. My main advice is make sure it is a headshot photographer (not just someone with a good camera), invest in a hairstylist/make-up artist for your shoot and pick clothing that is type-appropriate and not distracting.
I think there's this common misconception that when you are offered representation by an agent that you immediately have to get new headshots taken with the agent's direction. If you have done your homework, know your type and invested in a good photographer - your agent will be happy and will be able to work with them.
Thank you, Marbar. I have no delusions, I know it's not going to be easy. But IF my dad gets this job. (Which we found out yesterday, they are flying him to the main headquarters for a 'final callback,' if you will.)Then I kind of have no choice, in the matter.
Besides, if I want to make it to the next tier, I would have to do it anyway. I surely won't get there staying here, doing the same things that haven't been working for years now. Isn't that the definition of insane? lol
Thanks for the headshot update, That's good to know, I will check around.
These days you have to go to workshops to get an agent. Actors Connection has a tun of workshops and classes that are being taught by these agents.
Go to a few. If they see your face enough times it's a good chance one will let you freelance with the agency.
I also checked your headshots on IMDB and agree you need better ones. My first thought was that the ones posted were
taken by a non professional. Just my first thought... you certainly want agents to be 'smitten' by
you , not wondering who took your headshots.
Also, for youth, sometimes the agencies have open calls so pay strict attention to when as it
might be a great opportunity for you.
Thank you, Lizard Lady. I guess I need new shots. Mom's not going to like that...she just ordered hard copies, and now with online everything it takes forever to go through 100 hard copies!
What about Philly agents? We may be living closer to Philly, or sort of in between Philly and NYC.
The only ones in Callsheet, seem more for models, that do some talent.
Actors, Models, Artists Talent agency (AMA)
Greer Lange: (Agency Pro software)
Mary Ann Claro
Model Management (MMA)
Plaza7 (red flag: IMTA?)
Any word on these guys. Do you think I'd have better chance with one of these than with NYC?
Plaza7 is legit. Include them.
I have a friend who works with Wilhemina PA and gets sent on a lot of non-union commercial in the Philly area and gets submitted for the episodic/film stuff in NYC.
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