Why do I need an Agent?

What is an agent?
Talent agents help find jobs for performers like actors and entertainers. They also represent sports stars and athletes. This is the “talent.” They connect their clients with the people who are hiring, like movie studios and advertising agencies. In other words, a talent agent is a kind of matchmaker.​
Do you pay agents?
You have to pay a fee to them to serve as your agent before they’ll do any work on your behalf. Modeling and talent agencies get work for experienced models and actors. Either way, legitimate agencies don’t charge you an up-front fee to serve as your agent. They get paid when you get paid.
What is the benefit of having an agency?
​A talent agency can help you get in the door of those who can give you that big break. There is a great deal of work to be done in the background to make your career a success. Utilizing a talent agency lets them focus on the many behind the scenes tasks, while you can focus on being a star.
How do I find a good agent?
Do your research.

​Start by getting a list of franchised agents from SAG-AFTRA or check out Backstage’s online directory of agents and managers.

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