You have decided to enter the fashion or entertainment industry. You have the required training and you now are looking for opportunities to be visible. The best way for you to go is to register with an agency. Many people are trying to get into the fashion or the entertainment industry. This has caused the creation of many substandard and fake agencies that will take your money and promise you stardom but give you nothing. Here are a few tips on how to avoid such kind of agencies.
1. Know yourself
This will go a long way into letting you know which type of agency to choose. Some of the questions to be asked are like which type of model are you? Which particular industry, are you interested in joining? What are your career goals? If what you want is to take part in TV commercials, you will need an agency that is well-known for its placements in auditions for modeling and acting fields. You should know your goals. Some companies have standing agreements with some agencies and if you want to end up working for them, you may have to be signed up with one of these agencies.
You should also know your availability. If you want to work locally, a local agency will do but if you want to work internationally, you will need an agency that has a wider base and that has been in the industry for longer. Only submit to agencies that will get you to where you want to go.
2. Get a manager
It is not easy to get attention from a reputable agency. However to have someone who can take care of ensuring that you have a chance to get noticed by one of them will help. A good manager will have his ear to the ground and will know what the agencies are looking for and where and when they will need someone of your talent. A manager is also more likely to get you entered into auditions for models or commercials or even a musical than you are if you are doing it yourself.
3. Apply to more than one
As the saying goes, do not put all eggs in one basket. Signing up with an agency does not mean you will be selected for jobs or even get an opportunity. Sign up with as many as you can and maintain contact with many more. It is better to have several agencies interested in you than signing up with only one that does not give you anything.