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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What to expect from Agent Submissions


I was on the Backstage.com message board today, and someone posted a question wondering how long they should wait for an agent response after sending in a submission.

TAE Responds:

It will pay off eventually, but submitting to an agent often takes time and and little tenacity. I have heard agents describe finding a client like looking for a spouse- you are hoping for a long term relationship so you don't make the decision too quickly. There is an introduction, a courtship, and finally a commitment. Sending in a submission is just the very beginning of the process, so you'll have to be very patient with it.

When I was first starting out, I had to submit 5 times over 3 years before my preferred agent met with me and signed me (in the meantime, I had signed with and then left another agency.) Oftentimes they already have someone in their stable of actors who are the same type, so even if you are a good fit for them they may not call you. So, your job is to make sure that you are at the top of the list if that slot ever becomes available. You do this by submitting every 6-12 months and trying to meet agents through classes and seminars.

I hope this helps- good luck!

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