How to Get Signed With A Talent Agency

We always get questions about how to get an agent.  There are various ways to go about this.  Whether you're submitting photos to an agency, attending an open call, or participating in an event where you meet agents,  you always need to begin by doing your research.  

Start your research by searching for agents in your area via online searches, the phone book, word of mouth, etc.  You should visit the agency's website.  Typically, they'll have a page on their website with instructions on how to be considered.  They may even have additional pages with more information.  By researching the agencies in your area, you'll also be able to see if they would be a good fit for you or your child.  You'll also be able to see if they are a reputable agency.  If their website doesn't answer all of your questions, give them a call.  You can also learn a lot about them by visiting their Facebook page if they have one.

When submitting photos to an agent, please follow their instructions on how to submit.  This is your first impression with the agency.  Most agencies want natural photos that are non-returnable, so don't send them your only copy.  One headshot and a couple of full length photos are best.  If you have naturally curly hair or straight hair, they need to see this in your photos.  The information you typically should include is full name, date of birth, clothing size, height, weight, and valid contact information.  If you're interested in pursuing a fashion career, you'll also need to provide your measurements.  If the agency is interested, they'll contact you.  To ensure they receive your photos, you may want to put tracking on the photos so you know if they were received or not.  Please don't contact them to see if they received your photos.

Whether you attend an open call or an event or submitting photos, neither way guarantees that you will actually attain an agent as each agent has different needs and are always looking for something different.  Additionally, all agents are looking for the "it" factor.