Talent is important for an actor. Training and experience are also important factors that provides an edge with an agent. Before considering an agent, do make sure you are ready for that big break by taking classes and by working, even if it is in local theaters or small-market media work. In other words, pay your dues.
Don’t think that just because you look like a celebrity, you are ready for a big-time agent. Agents that work with A-list clients will only discourage the new actor with little experience. Do pay your dues in the business by learning your craft.
Do consider agents that have been in the business for a while and have worked with successful clients. Don’t find agents from the classifieds. Do ask for references and check them out.
Be wary of any agent who promises too much or seems overenthusiastic about what he or she can do for you. Do ask what steps the agent will take on your behalf. Be wary of agents who ask you to do things with which you are uncomfortable or that feel wrong.
Find an agent that has a track record working with new talent and has a good reputation in the business.