—Pick up a copy of Backstage's Call Sheet to see what agencies are looking for and what kind of performers they represent.
—Get a plain 11-by-14-inch envelope.
—Address the envelope to the specific department you are submitting to.
—Include a headshot taken by a professional photographer with your résumé glued to the back. The photo and résumé should eb the same size.
—Write a short cover letter. Explain what kind of representation you are looking for, whether you were referred by any industry people, and anything about your experience that's not on your résumé.
—Find out if the office accepts unsolicited demo reels. Most will not. If you have one, mention it in the cover letter or on your résumé. If it is posted online, include the web address.
—Wait three weeks to a month before following up. Send a postcard if you have any news to report, or submit again, but do not call the office to see if your submission has been received.
Not sure if your headshot is good enough? Watch this video in which an agent explains what makes a headshot great.