I just completed a four-week intensive VO class in Los Angeles, “Working Pro 2”, and it was excellent. One of my ‘mates observed that I have a number of agents around the country and abroad, and asked me to share some tips on getting representation, and which agencies are the best. He was thinking specifically New York, Chicago and LA. The following can apply to any US talent agent search:
1) Look into the AFTRA/SAG franchised agents. Here are some helpful links.
2) As to who’s best, that’s subjective. You might do well in a large agency The A List agencies are the big guns- and usually have offices in 2-3 of the biggest markets, if you can get in) . Or maybe a smaller boutique “small but mighty” agency might be a better fit for you. It’s up to you. Make a list and check it twice. You may see someone you know on their roster. Ask that talent of their experience with the agency. Remember- it’s all subjective.
3) You’ll need to research the agents in the cities you’d like to be repped in. Listen to their talent roster’s demos so you’re not knocking on their door, wasting yours and their time is you’re sounding like a bunch of others they already represent., and see if they are even accepting new submittals, and if they are, follow their procedures to the letter. Yes. It’s a test.
4) One thing you’ll want to learn is what kinds of auditions you’ll be receiving. You’ll only need one agent, not 5 or 6 sending you the same voicebank auditions each day.
Another helpful resource for research is Voicebank.net Listen to the demos of hundreds of voiceover actors and see and listen for rich and valuable information and trends that can help you move forward.
Of course, make sure your demo is up-to-date and completely represents YOU.