The decision on which agent to hire may be among the most important decisions you make in your career. And while the best agent for someone else may not be the best agent for you, here are some helpful tips for navigating the talent agent search.
- Ask around. See who your colleagues recommend. Chances are there are people you work with that currently have agents. They can give you some guidance on the agents they recommend or think you should avoid. Don’t be afraid to tap into your network for advice. Rate My Talent Agent’s 80+ agent reviews can also help you make a more confident decision based on the unfiltered experiences of your peers.
- Ask yourself what kind of agent you’re looking for. Do you want an agent that will make your reel? Offer coaching? Do you want an agent who’s a lawyer or an agency with a legal team? Do you want an agent with fewer clients or many clients? Do you want an agent that has clients in certain markets, stations or at the network level? This will give you some baseline questions to ask as you’re talking to different agents. Here are more questions worth asking potential agents. Our brief ‘Which Aqent Is Right For Me’ quiz can also give you a place to start.
- Know that agents will charge a percentage of your salary for their services and you will typically have to sign a multi-year contract with them. The percentage varies from agency to agency and can sometimes be negotiated. Common negotiations are: a larger percentage based on a larger salary or a lesser percentage if you find the job yourself.
- Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back from an agency or they decline to represent you. Continue to work on your craft and reach out to others. If you really want to work with that agency, ask them what they’re looking for in a client and how you can continue to improve.
- You may not need an agent. Yes, finding a job can be an exhausting and stressful process but depending on your goals, an agent may not be as cost-effective for you. Remember, there’s no guarantee an agent can get you more money than you can on your own, and you would still have to pay them. A cheaper option may be to find an agent/attorney who will just negotiate your contract.
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