Linked In Agent Man

I don’t fully get Linked In the way I get Facebook.  I got Facebook the second I posted my profile and it still sucks me in, almost on a daily basis.  I haven’t decided whether to bother promoting this blog in any “real” way there yet.  Linked In, on the other hand hasn’t really grabbed me in the same way.

I get that people can post their resumes there so you no longer have to stand in line at Kinkos at midnight waiting for your colour copies.  But for those of us not looking for a job, I kind of know almost everyone I’m linked in with already.  I suppose you can find someone out there whom you worked with 10 years ago and had forgotten all about but on the whole, much of linked in seems like a poor man’s Facebook (the status updates, the profile tweaking etc) or just people acknowledging that they are in the same business and know each other. 

But I’m still open to seeing the wisdom of it all.  On that note, I did link this blog to my Linked In profile last week and I’ve also joined one group called Voice Over Professionals.  As the name implies, it seems so far to be a discussion group for talents who have questions on various areas of the voice-over biz.   I just chimed in on my first discussion moments ago and I post it for you below as it’s applicable to this blog, needless to say.  And of course note that I couldn’t resist promoting the blog at the end! 

Using an out-of-market agent!

Hi Folks,
Question (well, 2 actually): For those with representation – does your agent object to you using additional agents for other markets? If not, have you had success finding a large-market agent with just a demo?

Posted 6 days ago | Reply Privately

 “No” to the first question, and no experience with the second. I managed to find a large-market agent without a demo, which I know is extremely rare. One of the agency reps was a judge for a talent show I participated in, and they brought me on just from her recommendation.

  1. Posted 5 days ago | Reply Privately
  2. Unless you’re exclusive in that state with that agent, it’s my understanding you can (and want) many agents representing you. In fact, even if you are exclusive in a state with a particular agent, you can be exclusive with a different agent in each state. This is info I gained from my studio, Sound Advice. Can anyone confirm that?

    Posted 4 days ago | Reply Privately

  3. Excellent posts, thanks. My agency doesn’t have any restrictions on looking for other reps out of state, but in the truly big markets, it looks tough to get heard by an agent without a strong referral from talent already signed to them.
    If anyone has had success with just a demo, I’d love to hear about it!
    Posted 2 days ago | Reply Privately
  4. Roger King

    President, PN Agency & Ethnic Voice Talent

    I thought I’d chime in here because I AM an agent :)- I run PN Agency and Ethnic Voice Talent in Toronto, Canada. We’re a non-union shop and my two rules of thumb for representation are: 1)You have to be non-union. 2)You can’t have voice representation by anyone else in Canada. The talents on my roster are free to seek representation in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world and of course can join on-line sites like voices.com

    As for the demo…it is your calling card so it’s always the first and major step to getting in the door. I would never agree to represent someone without meeting them but have gone on just the demo after meeting them and getting a sense of their background.

    Hope this helps.

    FYI – for more from the perspective of a voice talent agent, go here:
    www.voiceovercanada.ca

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3 Responses to “Linked In Agent Man”

  1. Erik Braa Says:
    April 19th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Does this mean you are open to submissions?

  2. Mitch Krayton Says:
    August 18th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I have been on LinkedIn for several years. I, too, did not get it at first. The value is not just posting a profile and getting your friends to connect. It is answering questions and getting ‘best answer’ which grants you expertise and creditability on places you visit. This in turn generated private emails and discussions from people you might not know well or are tangently related to people you do know. You sphere of influence expands. People begin to trust you and ask you questions. That is how rapport begins and business happens. I have had several deals come from LinkedIn. Never expected any of them. I also have met many people on the road with whom I am Linked and it made for an immediate bond. My 2 cents.

    Mitch

  3. Raspberry Pi Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    good article.thanks

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