ACTORS… GET AN AGENT (15 Hollywood Talent Agents Starting with X)
by Dov S-S Simens on June 3, 2015
15 Hollywood Talent Agents
You are only 1 Cattle-Call & 2 Call-Backs away from fame-and-fortune… but you need an agent.
Now, you’ve heard you can’t get a job acting if you’re not in the union…. The union being Screen Actors Guild (SAG), not American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) or American Federation of TV Radio Alliance (AFTRA)…. But you can’t get into this union unless you have qualified acting parts from SAG Signator companies.
Is this a 22? You know, a “Catch-22” or is this “Bull Sh*t”. Well, the Catch-22 for Actors states… “You have to book a job to get into the union and you have to be in the union to book a job.
Answer: It is “Bull Sh*t”. Every actor starts somewhere… and remember you are unique and no one looks like you. So if you get into a casting session, for union parts, and the Producer or Director or Client wants you, for whatever reason, but you are not in the union, they can easily claim that you’re unique and the only one qualified for the look of the part and then you can get in.
So lets start & get a gig, your first gig,…and whether it’s union or non-union right now I bet “you don’t care’ you just want a gig… but does it help to have an agent?
Well of course it helps to have an agent or agency, that knows who’s casting, to send you to the Cattle-Call. But you’ve asked friends, acquaintances, waiters, cab drivers, even your local Uber Driver, and anyone that says they know anyone in Hollywood….”Hey you know an agent I can call” has become your war cry.
Permit me to help… Last week I blogged a list of 20 Literary Agents (Hollywood based) for wannabee-writers who find themselves in a similar situation.
Now allow me to give you as similar list of 15 Talent Agents in Los Angeles… but I am going to start from the end of the alphabet and move forward.
Why? Because, these are the agents who likely get hit-on (cold called) the least and your chance of lightening hitting might be a little better.
GETTING AN AGENT TIP
For writers it’s difficult. They first have to write and then forward their script in hopes of being read and being discovered. But, actors only have to show up, bring their headshot and be polite. (of course it’s not that easy)
Here’s what I’m talking about. When I was a kid my dad gave me advice. “If you want to write…phone. If you think about phoning…visit”.
Point #1: I am making is “Actors, I am about to give you 15 Talent Agents and I know your instinct is to mail them a headshot… Stop. You’re being lazy or shy. Two traits that will not allow you to succeed in Hollywood. Thus, if you can write… phone. If you can phone go/visit”
Point #2: Take your headshot to the 15 Talent Agents below, and drive (Uber if needed) to each of there offices. Walk in. Say “Hello” and drop off your headshot proclaiming you’re available when ever and where ever.
Acting success, after talent & looks, is a numbers game. The more parts you go up for the better the opportunity of finding the director that for whatever reason thinks your perrrrrfect.
Now on to 1 CATTLE-CALL and 2 CALL-BACKS
15 HOLLYWOOD TALENT AGENTS
To help increase your odds I have made a list doing “reverse-alphabet” (starting with “Z” and going forward).
Why? Because everyone starts with “A”.
ONE… XPOSE ENTERTAINMENT, 1055 East Colorado Blvd, 5/F, Pasadena, CA 91050
TWO… WILLIAMS TALENT AGENCY (not WME), 1438 North Gower St, Suite 266, Box 43, Los Angeles, CA 90028
THREE… ZURI MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, 5223 1/2 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
FOUR…. ZANUCK AGENCY, 28035 Dorothy Dr, #120, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
FIVE… WILSON & ASSOC, 5410 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90036
SIX… WEBB ENTERPRISES, 10580 Des Moines St, Northridge, CA 91326
SEVEN… WAUGH TALENT AGENCY, 7852 Glade Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91304
EIGHT… VOX INC, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, #1080, Los Angeles, CA 90048
NINE… VALMAUR TALENT AGENCY, 6671 Sunset Blvd, Bldg 1585, Suite 108, Los Angeles, CA 90028
TEN… TITANIA ENTERTAINMENT, 28914 Roadside Dr, Suite D5, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
ELEVEN… TANNEN & ASSOC, 20520 Pinnacle way, Malibu, CA 90211
TWELVE… TALENT HOUSE LA, 3000 Olympic Blvd, Suite 2350, Santa Monica, CA 90404
THIRTEEN… SUTTON BARTH & VENNAN, 5900 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90036
FOURTEEN… STORM TALENT AGENCY, 12100 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1125, Los Angeles, CA 90025
FIFTEEN… STARWILL TALENT AGENCY, 433 North Camden Dr, 4/F, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink” The legwork is now up to you…
… and you are only 1 CATTLE-CALL & 2 CALL-BACKS away from fame.
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