How To Get An Agent And Find Work As A Professional Actor
Written by Mark Matthews
I've run my own agency for professional actors - www.sydneycm.com.au - since 2006. During this time, I've had hundreds of actors approach me looking for representation; attended countless drama school showcases, theatre productions & auditions; and interviewed a huge range of actors from rank beginners to veterans with more than 50 years in the business.
I will often ask our students the following question: What does it take to be successful and to have a career as a professional actor? Often, the answer will be along the lines of: “talent“; “acting skills“; “training“; “a good agent“; “luck“; “knowing the right people“; “going to a big name drama school“; “being in the right place at the right time“; or dozens of other factors.
You can’t develop acting ‘talent’ by reading a book. You can’t become ‘talented’ by enrolling in an on-line course. No-one can actually teach you how to become a ‘talented’ performer. Anyone who tells you they can, is usually just trying to sell you their book, on-line course or workshop.