Chris Edgerly is here again with the ninth video in the #VONotes series and today he’s talking about a frequently asked question for aspiring voice actors – how do I get a voice acting agent? The #VONotes series is a video series made to answer your questions about the voice acting industry and it offers some really great tips and references for any aspiring voice actor! If you missed the first few videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
Voice Acting Agents: How Do I Get a Voice Acting Agent? #VONotes
What’s up, everybody? It’s Chris Edgerly with another #VONote and today I’m gonna talk about agents!
Most voice actors that are starting out have one question about agents and that is…how do they get one?
My answer is, I am sorry to say, there is no magic bullet and no, I can’t send your demo to my agency.
The best advice that I can give is to work at your craft, keep training as much as you can and when the time comes you’ll have a body of work to present to an agent so you’ll be able to represent what you can do as best as possible.
A good agent is going to have you show up and read copy for them in person and you’re going to have to be able to show that you can take direction and switch up your performance on the fly. If you can do that then, yes, they may have a spot for you provided that they don’t have a bunch of other people that do what you do already.
It’s a really tough nut to crack.
Now, not every voice actor has an agent. There are casting portals that they can submit their auditions to and they find work that way.
I’m pretty sure that work tends to be non-union, I can’t speak on that because I haven’t used them.
Let’s say you finally landed that voice over agent, one of the things you’re gonna want to maintain with them is a very healthy relationship.
Find an agent that believes in you because there are gonna be plenty of lean times when you’re not booking and maybe there’s not a lot of copy coming through. Make sure that you believe in them as much as they believe in you.
Anytime I’m in my agent’s office, I try to make sure that I’m bringing them something whether it’s a bit of news on a job I just did, a contract for a session I just recorded or, just a compliment so that whenever they think of me it’s in a positive way. This is more important than you might realize because a lot of their clients are gonna be more of a headache. Don’t be that client!!
Another thing to keep in mind is just because you have an agent doesn’t mean that your job is now to sit back and just wait for the auditions and the work to roll in! A good client knows how to market themselves to keep their name out there.
Anything that you can do to help your agent help you makes you a great client and it’s gonna make your agent that much better as well.
An agent-client relationship is like any other important relationship in your life. There has to be communication, there has to be mutual respect, and every now and then there are going to be rocky periods, but if there’s that connection, you’ll ride them out.
I hope this has answered some of your questions, but if you have more put them in the comments section and hit that subscribe button so you can see more #VONotes as I make them!