Agents are often the first point of contact for anyone looking to hire actors. Few actors work without the support of an agent.
What is the job like?
As an agent, your job is to help actors find work, and represent their interests.
The work can involve:
- checking casting requirements on adverts, speaking to directors, or taking direct requests from casting directors, to see what jobs are available for your actors
- preparing casting sessions and setting up auditions
- letting actors know whether or not they have successfully got a job
- looking after your actors' interests and making sure that they are paid
- deciding whether new actors who approach you are right for you – you might specialist in a particular style of theatre work, such as musical theatre.
How do I become an actors' agent?
Good communication and customer service skills are important. You need to be able to work with a wide range of people. Your ability to negotiate a business deal is also important, as you'll be in charge of helping actors find paying jobs.
You need to be able to work with a wide range of people. Your ability to negotiate a business deal is also important.
IT and office skills are also useful, as agents spend a lot of time on the phone and using a computer.
Many theatre agents have done some acting themselves, but equally many others have a background solely in business.
A part-time job in a customer-facing role, such as in a shop or a reception role, might help you build your communication skills.
Approaching acting agencies for work experience or an internship is also a good idea.
There is no formal route into becoming an agent, but subjects like business studies as well as English, maths and IT will help you with the demands of the work.