Secrets of an Agent Man – Volume 2

There’s a fine line between persistent and completely annoying and the trick for the aspiring voice talent is to stay on the right side of that line. 

It’s true the voice demo is always going to be the #1 calling card for a talent trying to land an agent but there’s also the matter of your personality.  I want to represent people I like – people who are at least somewhat normal, somewhat easy to deal with and somewhat sane.  I can usually detect the extra chromosome early on and no matter how talented you are, if you annoy me too much out of the gate or generally exhibit PITA (pain in the ass) behaviour, I am likely going to decline representation. 

Here are some of my personal DO’s and DONT’s when it comes to seeking representation:

DO drop me a line with legitimate questions about the agency and/or the VO industry.

DON’T ask how much money you can make before I’ve even heard your demo, or try to correspond for an entire afternoon because I’ve responded to your initial inquiry.

DO follow up with an e-mail or phone call to see if I received your demo.

DON’T call 9 times in one afternoon, hanging up each time until someone answers your call live.  Are you not aware of a little bit of technology called call display?!

DO actually spell my name correctly in your cover letter or e-mail intro and have a general sense of the agency you’re contacting.

DON’T send a group e-mail to 12 agencies at once. It screams “I don’t care who represents me and I can’t be bothered to do any research.”

DO send or e-mail a professionally recorded demo, approximately 1:00-1:30 in length.

DON’T send 8 separate audio clips, each 3 minutes long, covering ever take you’ve recorded in the studio since 2001.

DO spell check.  Of course I know you’re not applying for a Masters in Victorian era literature but you ARE asking someone to represent you who has never met you.  Being professional and actually proofreading what you’ve written starts things off on a good note.

DON’T write an essay when applying for voice representation.  Brevity is attractive. You’re not applying for a Masters in Victorian era literature. 

DO try and show a sense of humour, but only if you have one. 

DON’T mistakenly think your Simpsons character impersonations are hilarious.  Odds are they’re probably not. 

DO take yourself and your work seriously.

DON’T take yourself and your work too seriously.


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One Response to “Secrets of an Agent Man – Volume 2”

  1. Philip Banks Says:
    June 7th, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Fantastic advice!

    Now, I’ve done all that you ask and I’m your latest client. How do we go about getting our first job?

    Have a great week.

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