One of the most effective and simple ways to keep your agent's attention is to keep the lines of communication smoothly flowing. Of course, communicating effectively means knowing the best modes of communication for your partnership. The agent will have many people – both talent and clients alike – demanding open lines of communication, so find out the best modes of communication patiently. Any agent working in their talent’s best interest will want to make their clientele needing models and actors their first priority.
If you haven’t defined the best mode(s) of communication with your agent, the first thing you need to do is pick the best time to ask. Email might be the easiest option since it can be responded to at the agent’s convenience. Another option would be to ask at the time you are face to face with your agent. In this case, feel out the situation and only ask if there are no other pressing demands. This conversation (or email) should be short and sweet. Get the information you need, thank them, and move on with your day.
Talent who can adopt the modes of communication preferred by their agent will not only continue building a positive relationship, but will keep their business foremost on their agent’s mind. For example, when I receive purposeful emails from the talent we represent, that person's skills and abilities are pulled to the front of my mental files. I’m not actively doing this, of course; it’s human nature. The more correspondence your agent experiences with you, the more familiar they will become with your likeness and abilities – and the bottom line is that they will be able to better represent you.