Ask many Backstage users and they’ll tell you what an awesome asset our casting notices can be for a thespian’s career. Casting calls across film, TV, theater, commercials, new media, modeling, and more keep you working and doing what you love! But did you know that Backstage’s handiness goes beyond the casting call?
If you’re a dedicated Backstage reader looking to get signed by an agent or find a manager, look no further than our Call Sheet resource, which lists talent agents and managerial services in all major markets alphabetically—in addition to listing their areas of expertise and how you should get in contact with them.
Need help finding the right agent or manager for you? Here are four quick and easy steps to get yourself signed.
Go to Call Sheet.
The first step, of course, is to get to the appropriate section of our website! At the top of our homepage, you’ll see a list of tabs beginning with Casting Calls. Click Resources to get into Call Sheet. From there, take a look at the tabs on the right-hand of the screen. Now you’re in!
Filter, filter, filter.
Backstage’s Call Sheet lists over 900 agents and managers working today to get you the job. Lots of options are great, but that many can also be overwhelming. The best way to filter some of the reps and managers that don’t apply to you is by location. Scroll midway down the page and on the right side of the screen, you’ll see a tab that says, “Find the Right Agent for You.” The Office Location tab lets you quickly type in your preferred area by city name, zip code, or state. You can use this same tab to thin out your options based on the kinds of projects and talent a given agent or manager represents, his or her clienteles’ age range, and affiliations (i.e. SAG-AFTRA, Equity).
Research your prospective agent or manager.
Let’s say you’re a Los Angeles–based actor who’s looking for a talent agent who works with film and TV actors and is affiliated with SAG-AFTRA. Those filters bring you down to 199 potential agents. That’s still plenty of options but much easier to work with! From there, take the time to go through and see what information Backstage has on these agents. What are the names of the agency’s founders and top personnel? What are recent projects their clients have been cast in? If that initial information strikes your interest, follow through to the agency’s website to learn more and see what they’re all about. A talent agent is great for building and sustaining a career as a performer but you don’t want to do business with just anyone! Make sure they fit what you’re looking for before moving ahead and submitting—which takes us to our fourth and final step.
Submit yourself as a potential new client!
Now you’ve found a few agency matches or potential managers who could help your acting dreams come true. It’s time to take the leap and submit yourself for consideration. A lot of agencies are very particular with how they field prospective clients so one of the most important notes Backstage lists on Call Sheet is how actors can submit themselves to a specific agency. Does this agent take phone calls or drop offs? Does he or she prefer unsolicited portfolios by mail only? When and how should one move forward with an interview? A false move in these beginning steps can easily get your application thrown in the trash before it’s even seen. As always, it’s the details that count!