Having an agent means someone known to the casting community has agreed to endorse your talent. An agent has information on projects that are currently casting, even ones that haven’t been posted online. An agent can also weed out the legitimate jobs from the not-so legitimate. As a performer, you need someone to speak on your behalf. They are responsible for making sure you get paid fairly and they can also help guide your career in the direction you want it to go. You are responsible for keeping in contact with your talent agent.
Talent Agents: Agents tend to have a lot of clients, sometimes hundreds. There are some agents who only sign specific types of clients like actors, comedians, models or children. They may have a lot of clients but they also have great relationships with casting directors and can get you into more auditions than you could get on your own. There are four different size agencies; boutique, bicoastal, mid-size corporate and corporate.
Managers: Managers will make you sign a contract and tend to have less clients, usually about 5. Having less clients allows them to focus more personally on the ones they have. They are more likely to go through a gallery of 300 photos to choose a headshot with you or help you pick what to wear to an audition. Managers can give you a little more TLC than big corporate agencies.
Actors: Often times audition breakdowns have what they want you to wear already on them but on the off chance they don’t specify, wear clothes that compliment your best features. If it’s going to be on camera wear solid colours, avoid stripes and sparkles. Most of all just dress comfortably and as yourself.
Models: Women, wear a form fitting black dress and heels. Men, a fitted black t-shirt and black pants.
Models: A portfolio is a series of photos that best showcases your skills, usually in a 9×12 book. Ideally, you shouldn’t have photos more than a year old in your portfolio. It’s better to have a few really great photos rather than a lot of just-okay photos. As a new model you should have 6 to 12 photos in your portfolio, a more established model should have between 10 to 25.
Actors: Put together a reel of your best acting and get a really good headshot that shows your personality. The headshot should be between 8×12.
For women you should be 5”9 or taller and for men it’s 6”0 and above. Measurements needed are 34 24 34 for women and 38 jacket, 31 waist for men.
Most actors will choose to get formal training from post-secondary schools or take workshops. Acting is a craft and requires training.
Singers absolutely need training to learn how to utilize your voice, learn breathing techniques, scales, etc.
Commercial models: Appear in national ads, commercials and catalogs. There aren’t really any height or weight requirements for commercial ads, unless specified by the casting director.
Editorial models: Appear on magazine covers and runways. The requirements for an editorial model are the same as a runway model.
They want to see the range, pitch and colour of your voice.
A promo pack includes a glossy promotional photo with your contact information, a biography including your accomplishments and career objectives, A CD or USB with your music on it, any media coverage of your work (like newspaper articles or blog posts), references, a letter of introduction and a list of original songs with copyright. Do not send your promo pack to labels without being asked, without having your attorney or manger contact them.
No, you can audition with a cover of a song.