Years ago, just before I “left the business” for five years, I started a search for an agent. Â This was interrupted by the realization that a large scale project I produced had left me burned out and no longer passionate about theatre/acting. Â So I left it, giving up the agent search and telling myself that I would never go back to it.
Five years later, I tentatively returned to acting, telling myself it was a hobby and that I would stick with my day job and just do plays and things when it was convenient (usually when people asked me), and I didn’t bother to take up the agent hunt again, because…well, why would I if it wasn’t something I was intending to do as a profession?
Of course, that couldn’t last. Â The theatre bug, once it bites, is incurable. Â It might go into remission, but it will never truly go away. Â And once the passion for it returned, I had to admit that the “day job” I was working was not enough. Doing theÂ occasionalÂ play or film was not enough. Â And so, recently I’ve been thinking about how to do more, and I’ve had to accept that really, if I want to do more acting, I need an agent.
Its been a while since I was in the market for an agent, and during that time, I could talk about being relatively new to the business. Â Now, I’m 40 and can no longer make that claim. Â If you are an unrepresented actor, later in life, what is the best approach for introducing yourself to an agent? Â Any suggestions how to go about this? Â Any suggestions for agents who might be in the market for a..well, a me?