Most acting auditions are booked through agents and not open calls. If you are serious about an acting career, you should be serious about getting an agent.
There is a simple reason of why most acting jobs are booked through agents. Simply, casting directors do not want to deal with the inexperienced and untrained wanna be actors out there. Casting directors trust the agents they work with to send only qualified actors to them. It saves them time which in any business means money.
To get an agent you need to first get experience. Agents represent actors they can market which means skilled and experienced. Since agents make money if the actor makes money, they are quite picky about who they represent. Agents will require an acting resume so make sure you have polished yours. Agents also want trained actors, so you may want to check out some acting schools first.
Once you get the contacts, you need to use them to get yourself seen.
A few things to watch out for and keep in mind when looking for an agent:
- Good agents will not advertise.
- They DO NOT put ads out on craigslist or anywhere else. You must find them. There is actually an industry code that forbids them to do so.
- Legit agents are very selective and will not give you a sales pitch.
- Legit agents will not provide services that you must pay for such as classes, websites or headshots. They can recommend certain services if you ask them but they are not allowed to require you to use them.
- Kids do not need professional headshots nor do extras. Snapshots will do.
- Agents are not casting directors and therefore are not the ones who hire you. They can not guarantee any work.
- Agents cannot require up front fees for their services. They take a percentage of your pay only after you got a job.