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Thursday, March 2, 2017

How to Find a Voiceover Talent Agent

If you are breaking into the voiceover industry, or you have been making a go of it for a while with only moderate success, you might want to consider a talent agent.  There are many benefits that come with securing an agent.  The most notable of these is access to more potential jobs.  Good agencies are tied into work databases and have connections, so they find work that you wouldn’t have been privy to otherwise.

Of course, an agency isn’t just going to agree to represent you blindly.  At least, a legitimate agency wouldn’t do that, which means that, in order to get a good agent, you are going to have to do a bit of leg work.  This begins with putting together a very professional resume of sorts. An actual written resume is a good idea, as it can clearly and concisely lay out the experience, education, and training that you have to back you up.  However, you will also need to have a demo. For some, the demo is purely audio, but many voiceover talents are opting to make video demos these days.  It is a great way to put your face before your agent and potential clients.  People will naturally form a connection with video than with audio alone. Or put together and interesting demo with clips from various video jobs you've done.

It is based on this information, and sometimes an in-person interview that the agency will decide whether or not they want to represent you.  So, do be sure to put forth your very best presentation.  Once, you have this ‘resume’ put together, you can begin submitting to various agencies.  Today, it is easy to find the talent agencies.  A simple Google search will turn up many in your area.  Review them, and submit your resume to the two or three that appeal most to you.  You should not have to pay your agent up front. They make their money by collecting a percentage on the jobs that you are hired to complete.

Once you have been accepted by an agency, you may very well be asked to spend some time in the recording studio right away.  Most agencies put together a house reel, which is essentially a loop of voice samples from all of the talent represented within the agency.  This is something that they can provide potential clients, but also something that they can reference when trying to match talent with available positions.

They will also ask you, when work that matches your skill set comes available, to do a reading for the client.   You will likely be one of three or four individuals asked to do this.  In this way, the agency can provide a choice for the client. Remember, though, because the agent is paid only when you secure work, they have good reason to get your paying jobs.

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