'Talent … Personality … Focus'.
We often receive calls from prospective clients, asking “if our books are open”. It is our view that an agent should always have their “books”, and eyes (!), open for new talent, so in that respect our “books” are always “open”.
What are we open to?
We welcome applications from working professionals, at any stage of their career. You can be anything from a fairly recent graduate, with not much on your CV, to an established actor with wonderful credits. Sorry, but we do not represent beginners, though, or anyone still in education.
Most applicants come to us either because they have recently left their previous agency or because they are thinking of changing agents.
Many agents know each other personally, but we appreciate the sensitivity of enquiring about new representation, so whether we know your current agent or not, any information you give us will remain in the strictest confidence, and you do not need to feel compromised by approaching us.
'I’m not getting auditions with my current agent,' is something we hear quite often. We know all too well how hard it is for an agent to get their clients seen for jobs, so our first recommendation, before blaming this on your agent, is for you to look critically at your own Spotlight page. Would you employ you, and why? If your photos and showreel are not excellent, why would someone be interested in you? Is there enough on your CV and do you have enough interesting specialisms, for you to be marketable? This is a very competitive business and you should always try and have wow factor in your materials. Bear in mind we've seen almost everything already. Being just OK is not good enough. We want to say 'wow', when we look at an application.
Sadly, there are some “types”, that the Industry just doesn’t require. We won’t take you on, if we don't think we could do any better than your previous agent. The prime reason to change agents is if you are sure you will get more work with different representation.
The agreement between an actor and their agent is, in our view, a lot to do with chemistry and trust. We are in this for the long-term with anyone we take on, so only apply to us if you're ready for a serious relationship, because if we 'click', we want it to last between us.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please always email rather than call. Our office is always busy so we would like to read applications properly, rather than have any hurried conversation.
WHAT WILL WE BE LOOKING FOR, IF WE MEET YOU?
Talent, personality and focus, is what is needed.
What does that mean? Of course you need to have talent be a success in our Industry, but many people have talent and they don’t have a personality that will carry them through. You need to be warm and friendly, sociable, upbeat and have the thick skin of a rhino, because through most of your career you are going to face rejection. A personality is also about likeability. Successful people in show business are often very charming. We always respond to artistes with charm and charisma.
Suppose you have talent and personality. What about the F - focus?
Focus means that your career comes first, before everything. This might make you an unreliable family member, or unfocused at your day job, but by always putting your real career first, no matter how inconvenient it is to other people, you may just get that big break that a competitor misses.
If we call you in for a meeting, as well as the TPF, we will be wondering whether we can sell what you offer. Our first meeting is the best chance we have of seeing how you come across to complete strangers, as you might in the audition room. You bring the TPF, we will have a chat about whether you are a good fit for us, and what sort of work we hope we could find for you. A meeting is your chance to ask us any questions. We aren't a scary, high-status agency, so encourage as many questions as you can think of and will answer them as honestly as we can. Of course if you have years of experience in the Industry, you will know your 'product' very well, and you will know what you need from an agent, so we will expect to have an open and frank discussion about what has and has not worked with previous agents to date, and possibly where maybe, we can take you from here.
SHALL I APPLY?
Having read and understood all of the above, if you believe that you are suitable for us to consider as a client, please send us a brief email. Include your phone number. Don’t attach anything, and just provide a clickable link to your up-to-date Spotlight page.
If you are not in Spotlight, wait until they accept you, before sending us your application.
We look forward to hearing from you.