Within a few weeks, you should be hearing responses back from the agencies who are interested in knowing more about you. Congrats!
Note: An agency who does NOT know anything about you and still says they want to work with you might be worth reconsidering. Agents can’t properly represent or pitch their talent until they get to know a bit about what you have to offer. Good agents know their talent's strengths and weaknesses and how to position them to reap the full advantage of their potential.
You have likely been asked at this stage to submit further materials (a reel, snapshots, or taped audition, for example) or to set an interview appointment. If asked to submit supplementary materials, follow directions carefully. Smart agents will be watching to see how well you do – this is key in knowing how a talent will respond to a director’s direction in the casting room.
If an appointment is offered, be prepared and professional. Some agents will prepare you with what to expect; others choose not to do so. Interviewing without information can be nerve-wracking, so choose to define your tools before arriving.
Tools should include:
(1) Any Marketing Materials. This may include a headshot, resume, comp card, portfolio book, reel, and anything else noteworthy and related to your business of being a model/actor. Be prepared to do whatever you list on your resume, by the way. If “fluent spanish” or “cockney accent” are under your special skills, you are likely to be put on the spot.
(2) Monologues. Two to three monologues that are age and gender appropriate are expected. Use various genres and try to showcase your best qualities (avoid your weaknesses). If you cry on cue, be sure to show that! A monologue does not need to be longer than 45 seconds, so try to stick between 30-60 seconds. You want to leave the interviewer wanting more, not stopping you in your tracks because they’ve “heard enough.”
(3) Details about you. The interviewer is a stranger and wants to find out what makes you spark. This is likely how the agent’s client is going to feel when they meet you, so producing an interesting product to be marketed is important! Spend some time brainstorming what makes you unique. What gives you an edge over other talent in your demographic? You should easily be able to answer the inquiry – “tell me about yourself.”
(4) A Professional Wardrobe. Wear clothing that fits in the industry (or err on the side of corporate professional) and is appropriate for your body style. A common mistake talent make is to wear clothing that shows too much skin or which they deem “high fashion”, but does not flatter them as an individual.
If you have not heard from anyone, don’t be offended. There are only a hand-full of agencies in the world who will send you a refusal letter. Wait a few months and continue to develop as a talent. Once you have something new and improved to offer, resubmit. Follow up on each submission to ensure the agency receives it, but do so wisely by emailing or getting postal delivery confirmation.
What monologues do you keep prepped to deliver at request?