By Stephanie Ciccarelli
February 11, 2009
When times get tough, the first instinct many people have is to start throwing more irons in the fire, and in this business, sometimes that means looking for representation to expand your reach for voice over work and or auditions.
Although more than a few voice talent are hoping to find an agent to help smooth the waters, agents are not necessarily on the lookout for new talent, perhaps even more so now than ever before.
I received a question from a voice actor who asked if I could refer any agents to them and I said I'd see what I could do. A couple of days ago I wrote to one of my friends, a voiceover agent, who was kind to share more information from the agency world and where things stand at present.
Are talent agencies scouting or accepting new talent?
Here's what one voice over agent had to say:
"It's a complicated answer. While the door is not closed, as far as seeking and recruiting talent is concerned, we are acutely aware of our responsibility to service our existing clients, many whom have definitely felt the pinch this past year. I'm kind of mercenary about the whole thing - -a great voice is a great voice, but I always have to assess how well that voice will compete within the agency, and whether it's ethically responsible to my existing clientele.
I'm also aware of the influx of people trying to enter the voiceover field, but in my world, if they don't have a strong acting background, they don't stand a chance. Are there exceptions? Yes, but rarely. Right now, the Union world is holding it's breath that SAG can resolve its pending contracts, and Union actors can reclaim some of the work that has gone non-union.
Back to your question -- we all accept materials and seek new clients with potential. However, most agencies are overstocked, especially in the younger categories. Periodically, most of the larger agencies need to cut talent they have signed who are under-performing, and clean house.
My agency tends to stick with people longer than most."
So there you have it. Times are extraordinary, and with that realization, extraordinary things could happen but there will be challenges along the way.
Even if you haven't, I'm interested to hear about your progress thus far. If you're from another area of the arts seeking representation, feel free to chime in as well.
Let's keep this conversation going!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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