Secrets from Talent Booking Agencies

It is every aspiring actor’s dream to get signed by a reputable talent agency. In most cases, they come out of auditions empty-handed, left to wonder where they went wrong. Talent agencies have their own standards, which is like a “secret” checklist that they use for spotting star potential. So, what are talent booking agents looking for? The tips below can help you prepare for your big audition with talent agencies, and increase your chances of finally getting your big break.

What are talent booking agencies looking for?

Professional Behavior

Talent booking agencies mean serious business. Even though most talent agents are friendly, you should treat each meeting with professionalism, preparedness, and punctuality. Don’t over-share, act overly excited, or treat it as a meet-and-greet. Remember that your potential talent agent is still determining whether or not you have the potential to be represented by them.


While it isn’t written in any guide book, there is such a thing as an “actor type.” Talent booking agencies won’t be booking talents that won’t “sell” to casting directors and producers. Does this mean you have to become someone completely different from your true self? Not exactly. Embrace your personality, quirks and all, and start enhancing that. It’s what makes you stand out.

Connections and Referrals

Referrals can go a long way. They can come from anywhere — even when you never asked for it. Maybe the director of the indie film you were part of his connections with a powerful talent agency, or your co-actor (who is represented by the agency that you respect) makes a referral to their agent. They aren’t guaranteed contracts, but they can increase your chances of landing a talent agency meeting.

Updated Resume

Mail your target talent agencies an updated resume and headshot every 4 to 6 months. You can earn good points for indicating recent acting classes that you finished, as well as indie films, plays, and commercials you were in. It’s also a great idea to have a personal website where you can post more headshots, reels, and reviews just in case the talent booking agent wants to see more of you.

Break a leg!

Getting into show business is a tricky business. Most times, it all boils down to luck. Talent agents sign someone because they feel it in their gut that he/she has what it takes to pursue the career. If you truly feel that this industry is where you belong, using the tips listed above can improve your chances of getting signed by a talent agency that you respect.

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