I Have An Agent. Now What?

Getting an agent is just the starting point in getting into the modeling and acting business.  Yes, this is a business, and it should be treated like one, even for kids.  That's not to say that kids shouldn't have fun doing this.  One of the most important things when you get signed with an agency is to listen to your agent.  They're not going to steer you in the wrong direction.  Your agent is there to help you succeed in this business.

Here are a few items that you'll need to do to get started in the modeling and/or acting business.

  1. Get photos from a photographer that your agent recommends.  If you choose your own photographer, you take a risk that the photos may not be good enough and may need to get additional photos.  Your agent is recommending you to photographers because these people have proven themselves in this business and know what type of photos you'll need.
  2. Depending on whether you're a model or an actor, you'll need composite cards or headshots.  Your agent will choose the photo or photos that will be used.  They've been in this business and have the expertise to know what will best represent you.
  3. If you're an actor/actress, you'll need to get on certain casting sites as the majority of the castings for acting are on these sites.  If you're not on them, you'll miss out on a big amount of work.
  4. Hone your craft.  If you're an actor/actress, you should be taking acting classes to better yourself.
  5. Listen to your agent.  If you can't follow their directions, you won't follow their clients directions, which will cost you jobs in the long run.

A few other things to keep in mind is that your go-sees and auditions are typically during normal business hours.  If you're an adult and serious about this, you'll need a flexible job.  If you're under 18 and still in school, the go-sees are typically after school. 

At the end of the day, most of the jobs are during normal business hours, so kids will miss school and adults will miss work.  This is a business of opportunity.  You have to be available.  If you can't be available, this may not be the business for you.