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11 Most Popular Acting Agencies In London

302 Comments - By Vesper Black

Acting agencies play an important role in helping both actors and actresses further their career, by finding and placing them in suitable acting roles. These roles can be in all areas of TV genres.

Without the right agency behind you, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to break into the world of acting and land a serious job.

Here’s a rundown of the most popular acting agencies in London.

The Difference Between Managers and Agents

Talent managers act as personal mentors, dedicated to guiding an actor’s career. They handle business affairs and the broad strategy for career development. Managers might arrange auditions, but this does not constitute their primary focus.

Instead, managers provide public relations services, plan interviews, and promote careers in many ways. Most actors hire managers only after achieving some level of success. Actors with managers still require the services of competent agency representation; people can take that information from someone who has learned the pitfalls from personal experience.

Benefits of Agency Representation

An agent brings a second pair of eyes and ears to the competitive world of acting. Choosing which auditions to attend and knowing a director’s preferences can substantially increase the chances of landing good roles.

I find that researching the directors often requires more investigation than preparing for audition. Agents keep informed about everything in the industry, making auditioning chores much easier. Agency representation provides the following benefits.

  • Agents act on behalf of the clients they handle.
  • An agent can book an assignment.
  • Agents negotiate contracts, handling business matters.
  • Agents collect and remit money efficiently because their own payment depends on their success.

Independent Talent Group Limited and William Morris enjoy reputations as the top agencies.

Independent Talent Group

Independent Talent Group began as a modelling agency and quickly expanded to include actors, writers, directors, and producers. The agency provides the best-connected representation throughout Europe for the arts, but their exclusive status demands fairly impressive credentials to qualify.

Currently, they have no unsolicited vacancies (though I am quite sure they would consider red-hot actors), although they will accept CVs for future reference. Celebrity clients include hundreds of influential actors, directors, and media darlings, such as Orlando Bloom, Steven Elder, Rachel Weisz, Thandie Newton, Daniel Craig, and Jonathan Glazer.

William Morris

The William Morris Agency certainly ranks as one of the most popular acting agencies in London, and the company represents all areas of entertainment, including voiceovers, film, television, publishing, commercials, and theatre. Founded in 1898, the agency has represented such legends as Burns & Allen, Milton Berle, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West.

The organisation has global reach and can find clients work internationally. A-list stars and celebrities use the company’s experienced agents and industry expertise to advance their careers. Current celebrity clients include Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, the Rolling Stones, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, and Chad Lowe.

Although Wiliam Morris are predominantly a US based agent they do in fact have a UK office which is why they made the list.

I believe that mid-level guys offer established actors good representation for career growth. The better agencies include the following firms:

Conway Van Gelder

Located in the heart of Soho, Conway Van Gelder offers substantial representation for radio, theatre, film, and television actors. Celebrity clients include Tom Riley, Aisling Loftus, Lee Ingleby, and Jack O’Connell. A strong international presence affords worldwide opportunities.

Ken McCreddie

Ken McCreddie provides international links for career advancement and offers suitable representation for actors and directors in voiceovers, film, theatre and other industry areas. A convenient voiceover search tool provides convenient online searches for suitable projects.

Celebrity clients include Emily blunt, Joseph Fiennes, Anna Friel, Anthony Howell, Idris Elba, Tim Curry, Jeremy Irons, Neve Campbell, Helen Mirren, and the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne.

United Agents

United Agents ranks as one of Europe’s leading talent agencies for actors, authors, composers, designers, playwrights and other entertainment professionals. The agency offers competent representation for established and emerging artists.

Celebrity clients include Kate Winslet, Alan Bennett, Dawn French, Ricky Gervais, Ewan McGregor, Sienna Miller, Tom Stoppard, Keira Knightley, and Julian Barnes.

Artist Rights Group (ARG)

Artist Rights Group has distinguished itself by providing superior contract terms for clients. The agency’s focus concentrates on locating quality work that allows actors creative growth and career development. Clients include Anton Du Beke, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Karen Williams, Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Bieber, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Robert Jarvis, Devon Murray, Josh Herdman, and Charles Hughes.

Hamilton Hoddel

The Hamilton Hoddel agency primarily represents actors, which I think gives them an edge, since their work is rather exclusive. The agency accepts written submissions with a photo and CV.

Prospective clients should include a DVD or VHS of a performance. Celebrity clients include Ben Aldridge, Daniel Evans, America Ferrera, Robert Carlyle, Nick Barber, Linzey Cocker, Franz Drameh, Pam Ferris, Michael C Hall, Rupert Grint, Jack Parris, Lucy Russell, Diana Weston, and many others.

Many colleagues have mentioned that Louise Donald is an excellent agent and one to watch. I also heard HH mentioned on a several occasions in the USA. On a recent trip to LA one top casting agent said ‘ these guys are the best to deal with, if only all Brit agencies were like them’.

Other agencies

The best London acting agencies include boutique firms that find faces and roles for multiple exposures. I have found that these agencies often take greater time and care with their clients. The four best London acting agencies for rising stars include the following firms.

  • Hattan McEwan – Clients include Judith Amsenga, Sophie Bould, Kathy Burke, Beth Cordingly, Adeel Akhtar, Joseph Alessi, Vlach Ashton, and Ben Dewery.
  • The BWH Agency Ltd – Clients include Barry Sloane, Billy Matthews, Dean Chisnall, Jennifer Aries, Martha Barnett, Mamie Baxter, and Elspeth Brodie.
  • Bloomsfields Management – Clients include TJ Ramini, Alan Dale, Luke Perry, Peter Basham, Toby Wharton, Emily Tierney, and Rachel Shenton.
  • Narrow Road Management – Actors represented by the agency include Wendy Patterson, Adam Keast, Sue Devaney, Rachel Priest, Kurtis Stacey, Emma Rydal, and Val Tagger.

Have you had any experience with these agencies?

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302 Comments so far
  1. Steve jones

    If your going to reference boutique agencies then the most exclusive one of all is not listed. Julian belfrage is almost impossible to get into and don’t even accept submissions. I have a friend with them and they also have Daniel day Lewis, Carey mulligan, Jude law, judy dench and so on. Also, where’s Curtis brown? Their massive and have Robert pattinson amongst others. Where’s troika? They are massive too! I could go on but these are very noticeable omissions.

    Thought I’d share my thoughts! (;

    Monday 11th June 2012, 7:33 am Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Hey Steve

      Thanks for comments. Like anything it is very objective. Picking the best agencies has the same challenges as picking best actors or directors.

      You are correct, the agencies you mentioned are great and could easily have been in the top 11. (I personally know people with them) We could have done a post on ‘top 30′ or even ‘top 40′ agents and still left some good agents out.

      Are you an Actor?

      Best,

      VB

      Monday 11th June 2012, 2:12 pm Reply
      • Tristan

        Hi,

        I wanted to ask if you have any idea of what level of agencies, if any of these listed, scout and potentially sign fresh talent out of RADA or Drama Centre, LAMDA etc….I understand typically top agencies only sign those who are making a name for themselves but is there a tren for signing those out of top Drama schools?

        Thanks!

        Tristan

        Monday 18th February 2013, 6:32 pm
      • Kushi

        Do you need to pay money to agents?

        Sunday 24th February 2013, 4:32 pm
      • Vesper Black

        In short NO – Never! Only commission on work

        Thursday 28th February 2013, 1:38 pm
      • Chloe Ofei

        Hiya, I’m just wondering if any of these agencies need teenagers?

        Friday 2nd August 2013, 10:05 am
      • Kash Al

        Thank you for all the helpful information you have given in your site as I have been trying to get into the entertainment industry for a long time now.
        I am an aspiring actor who like many actors have had a long and hard journey trying to get my foot in the door but have come across many con agencies and film makers. This has made me lose almost all hope in trying to go further.

        As a result of this, I have started to make my own short clips on Youtube in the hope that someone may spot my talent.

        I strongly fell that I possess the right skills and strive to one day if I’m lucky, A great actor (that’s my personal view). Don’t just take my word for it.

        I have done quite a lot of acting in the past as well as; comedy, stand up comedy, voice over, singing, coreoraphy, dance and some directing.

        If you could help me further, I would be your number one fan! ;)

        Monday 14th October 2013, 12:01 am
      • Leigh Kilton-smith

        Vesper, I am here from the states to teach a series of workshops for actors during the month of July and I stumbled, quite by accident onto your posting, which I found quite helpful. An actor who had enrolled in one of the workshops mistakenly left no contact info and so in my research, there was your article which provided me with the very information needed! Thanks again.
        How fortunate UK actors are to have this forum of clear communication.
        Best,
        Leigh Kilton-Smith

        Monday 7th July 2014, 11:53 am
    • Henry

      Steve Jones, please do go on I am a rising actor and I am looking for serious representation with a realistic approach to be able to get in can you list off some more for me please :) ?

      Friday 29th June 2012, 6:35 pm Reply
      • Terrance Phillip

        rising actor? what does that mean? how have you risen? and how so without an agent

        Wednesday 16th July 2014, 5:30 pm
    • jon

      agreed, julian belfrage are the top. Curtis Brown though, i’d say are slightly lower then the top 10, but they are still up there!

      Thursday 27th September 2012, 12:35 pm Reply
    • CANT UNDERSTAND UNREASONABLE PPL

      So why is that relevant? I am sure this list is not here as a dissertation about agencies but there to provide you with useful information therefore an agency that is not open for submissions would be irrelevant information

      Wednesday 20th March 2013, 3:34 pm Reply
    • Michael Wisniewski

      I have been an actor for many years and have been on many TV drama series including films.
      I know how difficult it is to get a really good agent and I personally have used many over the years and still haven’t been able to get one that is in the top 10, maybe one day.
      There are a number of agents who will put you on their books, as long as your a Spotlight actor.

      Thursday 13th June 2013, 9:47 pm Reply
    • Druscillah peace

      hey i recently approached a management company agency I am an aspiring actress I need help to get auditions how ever this agency is asking me to pay money to get my head shots done they say the ones i have are not right.is it right? or should i keep looking for another agent are they allowed to use their photographer and am i supposed to pay them for this i need good advice

      Friday 28th June 2013, 8:20 am Reply
  2. John Hatton

    What about Robert Kelly Associates and PBJ Management the sure deserve to be in the top 10 especially PBJ they represent names such as Rowan Atkinson.

    Friday 22nd June 2012, 5:05 am Reply
    • jon

      def not Robert Kelly, maybe top 100, if that! PBJ, more presenters and comedians and writers, prob not great for acting

      Thursday 27th September 2012, 12:34 pm Reply
  3. KC

    Is there anymore UK actors agents that you can list please? Would like to know all the agents in the UK that are legitimate for Film and TV? Even the good lower tier agents?

    Friday 29th June 2012, 8:22 am Reply
  4. Noel Agabi

    Wouldnt it be much more helpfull if you list what these agents require in other for you to be represented by them?

    Friday 29th June 2012, 10:59 am Reply
    • jon

      the agents will require top credits (not holby, eastenders, etc – go to Narrow Road for that!) i mean top notch, if they havent seen you perform at RADA, Guildhall, Lamda (3 year) and Drama Centre. Forget the other drama schools (unless you want to lessen your chaces to 1 or 2 in 50 actors in getting a good agent), waste of £££!

      Thursday 27th September 2012, 1:14 pm Reply
      • Annie

        Competely disagree. I studied at RWCMD in Cardiff and I’m signed to Independent, and in my class of 20, two are signed to ITG, 1 to Curtis Brown, 1 to United, 1 to Ken Mcreddie, 1 to Waring and Mckenna, 1 to Narrow Road, and then the rest (apart from two people) are signed to middling agencies such as Shepherd Management, Sainou and so on. The only disadvantage to studying in a school outside of London is that its more difficult to get in to London for auditions during term time. I signed to Independent about 6 months before graduating, and it was frustrating for my agent that I couldnt go to as many meetings as I could. But, saying that, most London drama schools (such as RADA) don’t even let their students do professional auditions until graduation.

        I’d say RWCMD, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and RSAMD are particularly worth looking into. While other regional schools are good also.

        I hope this is useful for folks applying to drama school!

        Monday 21st January 2013, 3:47 pm
  5. Paul Raynor

    I believe you have to be subjective in your relationship with your agent. The biggest or best in London are the same as Los Angeles or New York and they may not be right for you. If you are fortunate to sign up with a big corporation your agent may well be Sir Michael Caine’s or Dame Judi Dench’s. They can spend their whole time dealing with the business affairs of these stars. It will be the assistant you will speak to when you call or even the assistant’s assistant!

    Start with a good middle of the road hard working agent. Actors Spotlight will advise you when you join, and you will need to join. Also buy an up to date copy of their publication “Contacts”. All the listings you will ever need to know are there.

    Wednesday 4th July 2012, 4:21 am Reply
    • jon

      Disagree – the casting directors will get submissions through the spotlight link, they go for actors they know first, then actors with top agents. They get to know actors through drama school showcases and theatre, then TV, film, (but you will only get into the good projects with a top agent) and then through their agents they have relationships with (they mainly listen to the top ones). If you can get with United or Troika straight away, grab it as you are half way there already with one of these to your name. If you can get with Gordon and French or Julian Belfrage, try to enjoy your privacy wihilst you have it, as before you look round, you will be in a big movie and have lots of papparazi following your every move and alot of pressure on you to perform in every movie you do well, otherwise they will drop you! good luck!

      Thursday 27th September 2012, 1:10 pm Reply
  6. Kes

    My daughter is just starting out and has seen auditions for Top Talent Agency, are they genuine?

    Wednesday 25th July 2012, 6:58 pm Reply
    • MW

      Hi there, I have seen this advert as well so I went to check out their website and even though there are many children in the gallery, it says that you pay a fee of £80 something for a one year sort of contract – this isn’t really a good sign as agencies make their money when you do/your daughter does and shouldn’t ask up front for money or payment

      Sunday 5th August 2012, 6:59 pm Reply
    • Steve

      Agree with MW and Steve, TT are genuine but administratively weak. Know of problems with major auditions not being passed on and wrong locations given for shoots. I think they operate out of someone’s house rather than an office. They’re taking on more children instead of sorting out their inefficient booking handling. Try Boden’s.

      Thursday 30th August 2012, 9:33 am Reply
    • jon

      no, not at all, run a mile! for kids, try anna scher or silvia young, no one else! but watch out they dont end up in eastenders, otherwise they will find it hard to get other work after their contract ends (only Ross Kemp really has done ok after it, and even then where is he now, narrating ‘gang’ programmes, though he would be pretty rich from his ITV deals).

      Thursday 27th September 2012, 1:21 pm Reply
  7. Ray B

    Hi all, I have just given up my job as a teacher to venture into my life long dream to act at the age of 30…a little late? What do people think? Any guidance and support would be most welcome.

    Wednesday 1st August 2012, 11:24 am Reply
    • perry power

      Never too late! never! haha (short and sweet :))

      Thursday 30th August 2012, 1:28 am Reply
    • Matt

      Hi Ray B, it’s never too late! I started my training when I was 29 after an entirely different career. The one word of warning I’d give is that agents generally steer clear of older actors, so you have to work a lot harder than an actor in their early 20s fresh out of drama school. For all the talk about valuing “life experience”, every agent and casting director wants to discover the next young thing. No bitterness there as I’m having a wonderful time in my new career, but it is a steeper hill to climb! Good luck!

      Sunday 2nd September 2012, 10:55 pm Reply
    • Claire Clifford-Fennell

      I am 42 and am determined to make my lifelong dream come true, to be an Actress. I feel all ages are needed in the industry.

      Sunday 6th January 2013, 12:32 pm Reply
  8. steve

    @ Kes – I would personally be weary of agencys doing ‘auditions’ personally – I have had only one example where I was selected but then I started recieving phone calls saying i needed to pay such and such for various benefits – as anyone can tell you – a legit agency will not charge anything except for their standard charges – but they will only do that once you actually have work from them.

    Wednesday 1st August 2012, 11:55 am Reply
  9. Zviad Sokhadze

    Guys i am Georgian Actor 39, live in London, looking for right Agency for my self and i know there are Few Georgians and Few agencies that have Georgian actors, who ever can direct me i would really appreciate your help… i just dont know where and how to start

    Thursday 2nd August 2012, 1:27 pm Reply
  10. Rebecca Winslow

    I can say without a doubt that the team behind ‘Bloomfields Management’ are the lovilest and most hard-working people I’ve met in the industry, I’m so glad they’ve made your list of the top 11

    Saturday 4th August 2012, 10:24 am Reply
  11. Jodie McMullen Seal

    I have to agree with Rebecca.
    I’ve been with ‘Bloomfields Management’ for a number of years now, and their ‘hands on’ ,friendly approachable manner have helped me through many an audition.
    Good to see them recognised!!
    x

    Monday 6th August 2012, 5:03 pm Reply
  12. Naomi Robinson

    How do you apply for Hamilton Hodell? What about Children’s Agencies?

    Thursday 9th August 2012, 4:44 pm Reply
  13. Laura

    Hi all..! Sorry. I know: I’m an intruder.
    I’m an italian young actress, I’m 22 years old, quite professional in musical theater. But.. my real dream is to work in movie business… I never could try it for health reasons, but now I really want to do everything to realize my big big BIG :) big dream.
    quickly I’ll be moving to London and I’m looking for right Agency……

    I perfectly know I have little chance…………….
    But.. but I need to try! …isn’t it?
    I’m so sorry…. Could I ask you some advice? Please..

    (Ihope I didn’t made ​​too many mistakes !!!)
    Thank you all and excuse me once again.

    Laura

    Friday 17th August 2012, 9:23 pm Reply
    • luca

      ciao laura did u find good agent ? thank u and hope meet u soon

      Saturday 24th August 2013, 8:55 am Reply
  14. Amandeep Bhachu

    It has always been a dream of mine to be an actor and I was wondering what advice you would offer for a fairly new actor when seeking representation. As I have only done a few acting jobs (mostly local theatre productions) would I not even be considered for representation with a legit agency?

    I have also had a lot of bad expriences with agencies claiming to be legit and have paid out a hell of a lot to agencies who suddenly go out of business. I obviously know now that any decent agency doesnt asking for money if they want to represent you and this is why I am wanting to find an agent to expand my resume and those fake agencies gave me no work and it’s quite hard finding decent work without an agent.

    Tuesday 28th August 2012, 3:46 pm Reply
  15. Damjan

    I˙m 27 and I`m a professional (MA in acting) actor from Croatia. I`m interested in working on film and television in UK. I would appreciate any advice or insight you may give me. My British and American accents are both perfect (none of the nasty Balcan accent) and I also have a high voice range. Do you perhaps know of an agent or agency that would be interested in my type (slim,scandinavian looking)?

    Monday 3rd September 2012, 3:24 pm Reply
  16. Liv

    I have read this and was thinking as you clearly know your talent agencies in london. I went for an interview today with Fusion Fame Management. I did notice that they are members of Spotlight but am concerned to whether they are a scam or not. I was wondering if you could give me any advice that may put my suspicion at ease

    regards

    Monday 3rd September 2012, 5:39 pm Reply
    • jon

      dont go with them, you wont get any auditions

      Thursday 27th September 2012, 12:32 pm Reply
    • becka

      i went today to to fusion fame for my 6yr old daughter…and they wanted me to get her portfolio for 300+ and pay spotlight…i have a bad feeling about them…i want to get my lil dancer pretty girly into something for experienece and to build her confidence but finding so hard to find a genuine agency in london who represent children help!!! pls :)

      Friday 1st March 2013, 9:38 pm Reply
  17. jon

    You missed out TROIKA. They are number one, joint with Julian Belfrage and then Conway Van Gelder comes a very very close second. Then Markham and Froggat and Gordon and French. These agencies rank above Hamilton Hodell and Ken Mcreddie. HH and Ken Mcreddie are also below Independent and United Agents. Im not sure why you have WME there, as they do not have an acting branch in London, they represent writers in London. Not sure why you have Narrow Road there either, or Bloomfields. Agencies above these are Burnett Crowther, Sally Hope, Roxanne Vacca and Curtis Brown.

    If you want to do period drama’s then go to Conway Van Gelder, as the BBC drama department love them and use most their actors. If you want to get big try Gordon and French and then move to Julian Belfrage after this. And oh, yes, I forgot one agency – Tavistock Wood, they come just after Troika. So top 10:

    JULIAN BELFRAGE
    TROIKA
    TAVISTOCK WOOD
    GORDON AND FRENCH
    MARKHAM AND FROGGAT
    CONWAY VAN GELDER
    INDEPENDENT TALENT
    UNITED AGENTS
    ARG
    THE RIGHTS HOUSE (michael Foster and Oriana Ella)

    Hamilton Hodell are in the next list, reason being some of their actors are not as good as in the other agencies. Christian Hodell’s list are very good, but the other agents have lists where some actors have not trained and only are good looking, etc. Louise Donald is commercials.

    hope this helps. Try the top 6, once you’ve landed a major international movie or are from RADA. Try the bottom 4 once you’ve landed a major lead in an international television series, then try the rest once you are getting good credits from good tv series. If you’re Holby or Eastenders, you prob wont get a look in, unless one of the agencies have employed an agents who is slightly clueless..more chance with United as they have alot of agents.

    Thursday 27th September 2012, 12:26 pm Reply
    • Ted

      What planet are you guys on? I work in casting and have only just come across this and what utter crap.We go where the talent is and half the agents that are used are not even mentioned. Don’t name and shame unless you know the facts !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Friday 24th January 2014, 1:05 am Reply
      • Vesper Black

        Thanks for comment – What do you cast?
        Some CD’s do have a wider look, some use many other top agencies not mentioned here, some use personal boutique smaller one’s. We went with the general mainstream view in 2011 based on employment facts and personal knowledge. Each to his own of course. I am sure our readers would welcome some constructive advice on the process from someone in the industry. Feel free to link to your IMDB page. Thanks

        Wednesday 29th January 2014, 12:29 am
      • Jon Ben

        Ted, What exactly do you do in casting? and what do you cast for? Unless you work with Lucy Bevan, Suzanne Smith, Lucinda Syson, Jill Trevillick, or equivalents, your opinion doesnt really hold much weight. Go into an audition with Jeremy Zimmerman or Jill Trevilick, and I guarntee you you will get bored hearing, whos you agent; Conway Van Gelder, Crutis Borwn, United, Independent…..the same agents, as those casting directors, unlike the American’s, like to cut corners and just use who they think will have the best actors, as they cannot be bother (and use time constraints as an excuse) to get actors in who arent with the top agents. In LA, its different, as they see actors from various middle range agents too, though, there will be another 100 actors on the list, so its much harder there.

        Wednesday 30th July 2014, 12:48 pm
  18. Jessica

    Hi. I am an actress studied in California. I have acted on and off with theatre, dabbled with radio, extra work, but I am at a stage (pardon the pun) in my life where I’d like to pursue actin seriously. I have travelled much and now at 45 am looking for an agency who will give me a chance. Not only a chance one who believes in me and my work. I do want to show what I can do, and learn from the best. I may not be what people may want, but I’d like to try. My time is ticking and I’d like to know if I have anything to offer any more. Although, my desire to perform again is strong. I must know if I have a chance or just forget about it.
    Thanks,
    Jessica

    Saturday 29th September 2012, 5:53 pm Reply
  19. carl

    please i would like to know more about the boutique firms it could be very helpful to me please

    Monday 8th October 2012, 7:29 pm Reply
  20. nikki

    Hi, im 23 years of age and haven really done any professional acting, only did a few shows when i was at college and performed on small projects in small theatre. i’d really like to take my acting career further but have no cv and im looking for an agent to represent me, an idea on the best agency for new actors and the best cv tips?

    thanks.

    nikki

    Thursday 11th October 2012, 9:52 am Reply
  21. Emma

    Im so glad i found this post…
    I have a question regarding drama schools… Just wanted to get some opinions on wether or not it matters in the industry if you havent trained at an ‘accredited’ drama school. This may sound silly as im guessing if people dont know about the school, fewer agents will come to the showcase, therefore producing a lower graduation success rate. I guess what im asking is… does it make a huge difference in the industry if the drama school has been recognised or accredited by a governing body? And does anyone know if there is a difference between recieving a ‘National Diploma in Musical Theatre, to a ‘Professiona Diploma in Musical Theatre’? And are these looked upon differently on a CV ?

    Thank you
    emma

    Thursday 1st November 2012, 10:09 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Hey this is age old debate and it really depends on the individual’s situation and the ambitions of the person – However I would say this: It is proven that going to a NCDT school will increase your chances of having a successful career as an Actor as you will be trained in Theatre, Film, T.V. and Radio. So you will have more range. Commercially the showcases are better attended at NCDT Schools. I would also say if you are serious about being a good actor then drama school is a good investment for the time and money. The audition process competitive but someone has to get in and being determined is the key.

      Most drama schools are part of universities now so same as doing any other degree fee wise. The one’s that are not such as Art’s Ed, Mountview and Oxford School of Drama you can apply for a DaDA to pay for fee’s. Now a lot of top actors did not go to drama school and a large amount of working actors in TV did not formally train.

      I think what is important is that you are growing and developing as an actor and you can only do this by actively Acting. So if you can get the training by other means (workshops/fringe plays/tutors) then Drama School is not necessarily needed. It is tough physically and mentally and challenging. However Drama School is great way to be constantly acting, studying the finest writing under skilled tutors/directors in London the heart of Theatre and British film.

      Drama School is great for developing technique but they can not teach talent. That has to be developed over time and is different from person to person.

      Sunday 4th November 2012, 1:49 am Reply
  22. Tolu

    I have a meeting with International Artists Management, are they any good?

    Sunday 4th November 2012, 12:24 pm Reply
    • jon

      no, not at all. sorry.

      Tuesday 11th December 2012, 12:26 pm Reply
      • Michael Angels

        Hello Vesper Black and all community :)

        Vesper Black, thank you for following up most of these messages for over a year now.

        Anyway, here’s me.
        After 7 years of busting my ass to get a decent agent in LA, I finally managed to get representation with Aqua Talent (good agency!)
        After a year of getting me out there and booking 3 commercials, I realized that I was incapable (bored or unwilling? – I did spend hundreds of $$ though) of getting the American Accent. Which meant no TV work.
        So, being stuck with the English accent, I decided to pursue acting in London. Now, Im trying and trying to get an agent here, but Im getting all negative responses.
        Im a good looking lad and I have a decent reel and quite a good headshot. I’ve done a couple of independent features (leads) and commercials. But NO ONE is willing to accept me!
        What the hell?? Will I have to wait another 5-6 years? I’ll be way over the 30 by then!

        HEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!!

        p.s. thank you :)

        Friday 20th September 2013, 1:13 am
    • luca

      so international artist management are not good agent ? thank u

      Friday 17th October 2014, 10:58 pm Reply
  23. Katie

    Hi I’m 14 years old and am looking for a good agency which take on young people. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good one as I have discovered for myself that a lot of them aren’t as good as they make out? I have done a fair few big parts in professional theatre productions and am soon to take my grade 7 LAMDA exam. I looking to create a better CV for myself but obviously I haven’t been trained to a professional level. If anyone could give me some advise that would be brilliant.

    Monday 5th November 2012, 9:51 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Loads you can do. Are you in London? If so National Youth Theatre, local Drama Groups, Summer Schools at NCDT Schools. However sounds like you have more than many adult actors. Getting an agent might be good for screen work. Do some research and get them to come and watch you in a show

      Wednesday 7th November 2012, 10:47 pm Reply
    • Sami

      A good youth and children’s agency is Royal Berkshire Academy of Performing Arts Agency.

      Sunday 9th June 2013, 2:19 am Reply
  24. Charlie Thompson

    Heyy, can anyone tell me if RBAPA Agency, London, is legit? Or if you’ve heard of it?

    Thank you!!

    Wednesday 7th November 2012, 12:58 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Send me there website – A good check is to look at website, see how long they have been formed and what clients they rep. Also check with unions too such as EQUITY

      Wednesday 7th November 2012, 10:45 pm Reply
      • Jade Morris

        Hey Everyone,

        Great hearing all your opinions and experiences on this thread, I’m really stuck on what to do so any help or advice would be so appreciated.

        I went to a high school that was a performing arts school and studied drama and theatre performing in over 12 plays, i realised i needed more skills just incase i didn’t make it, so i spent a few years getting a public relations degree and I have a filmmaking diploma from The New York Film Academy. I currently work as a TV Presenter but I now want to come back to acting but as I’m 26 I’m not sure how you go about it? As I would be a lot older than anyone in a drama class… Anyone who has decided to take up acting at this age could you let me know what you did? Is it best to just to acting classes and hope for the best?

        Cheers

        Monday 23rd June 2014, 7:56 pm
  25. Calum

    Hello, I am 18 years old, and I have a dream to become a professional working actor. I don’t know what to write here or how to say it, but I have no formal training, although have been looking at getting a tutor. I have had big parts in school plays, and although I am now in a fulltime job, I would like to start acting. I want to be taken seriously, as there are so many actors rising out there, thousands, in truth, and so many of them won’t get anywhere or get recognised and make a good career. Its a sad fact.

    I have been told that I am a good and above average actor by my Drama teacher in high school, but while there I pursued Art in favour of acting.

    I really need someone to reply with something that will make sense to me – I am really throwing my heart out with both hands and running to catch it.

    There are other complications, but I will be happy to speak about those to anyone who takes this post seriously with genuine regard to starting a passionate young actor off on a career in film.

    Many thanks,

    Calum

    Thursday 8th November 2012, 8:57 am Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Read all the comments in this blog. Also Stage online has loads of info in that forum.

      I’d always say take a year out to work, travel, maybe act, National Youth Theatre and then maybe drama school. Lots of paths though. Look at Actors you like and find their story.

      Saturday 10th November 2012, 12:14 am Reply
    • Claire Clifford-Fennell

      Hello there, I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice. I am 42 years old and want to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming an Actress. I have no formal training, and have only done some AmDram many years ago. What is the best way for me to move forward/get started!!

      Many thanks
      Claire

      Sunday 6th January 2013, 12:44 pm Reply
  26. Luis

    Good afternoon, i wanted to know how to go into an agency with little experience. I’m studying a master in law since i’m a lawyer in my home country. I’m 24 years old and i speak english and spanish. This has been my dream since i was a little boy, but pursuing this kind of dreams in my home country is completely hopeless, and actually an artist from Panama thats renowned worldwide had to leave Panama to succeed in his career (he is a lawyer with a master from Harvard but he chose to pursue a career as a singer) so i really wanted some advice into knowing if there is a possibility to be represented by a good agency with my background.

    Thanks

    Tuesday 13th November 2012, 5:00 pm Reply
  27. ryan

    Hi, for previous years I have been at Carol Godby’s workshop theatre and have very little experience in tv work. I live in the North West so London is a bit of a travel for me. I was wondering if anyone knows of a Manchester based agency or anything around that region? Any suggestions will be a great help, thankyou.

    Ryan.

    Monday 19th November 2012, 12:54 am Reply
  28. Eric Yves

    Hi,
    My son is 16 and is now 6th form student .
    His subject: performing art.
    All his primary school, he’s been
    Involved in acting. Then he joined a
    Drama school 5years ago. He’s registered
    With an agency where he had
    Few auditions, and some voice over
    Jobs.
    I don’t want him to join university
    As I value experience more than theory.
    Can anyone advice me on the best
    Route to take after college?
    Thanks.
    Eric.

    Monday 19th November 2012, 10:45 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Drama School is practice and not theory – Big difference between doing a degree in Drama/performance and going to Drama School. You get a BA in Acting but it is all practice. Otherwise National Youth Theatre and learning on the job if he can get enough jobs is a route

      Tuesday 20th November 2012, 1:56 am Reply
  29. Eric Yves

    Thanks.

    Saturday 24th November 2012, 7:12 pm Reply
  30. Gemma

    Hi!!! Was wondering if any of you could help. I am 28 and want to build my career in acting as its always been my lifelong dream. I am a single mother to a beautiful 7 year old so most of my 20s have been used up to take care of him. Now I would like to better myself and build a better life for me and my son. I have no experience apart from when I was at school but was wondering if anyone knows of any agencies that are willing to take on people who don’t necessarily have any experience. I have been told that I have natural talent and I don’t really want to go down the university route again and want to try my luck with an agency. Does anyone know of any who would give people like me a chance???? Your help will be much appreciated :)

    Sunday 25th November 2012, 9:01 pm Reply
  31. Bruce

    A career in Acting is your commitment to a passion that you love.
    This must include academic theory and stage practice.

    Friday 30th November 2012, 6:00 am Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Hey Bruce – Thanks for comment. I don’t believe that academic theory is essential to be a good actor. Some of the best actors are not gifted academically, it is their instinct and understanding of human beings and the world and then their ability to portray that is what makes them great. Sure a good academic understand of literature is useful especially with classic but Acting about DOING not reading about theory in a book. In fact being too academic can be a real downfall for Actors. The Actor can end up too much in their own head and not in the present.

      Sunday 2nd December 2012, 3:34 am Reply
      • Fabrizio

        I agree with you..but actors need to study too.It depends about what tipe of academic knowledge you mean.The classic academy,yes,they limit the instinct despite of techicism but for example..the stanislavskij method is important for an actor who want to be outstanding,because it helps the cator to understand himself,to improve himself to be a better human being.For me all art is sufference…you will never be such a great artist if you never suffered in life.Because sufference make feelings and sensibility.
        However..I’ve studied 5 years acting in Rome..some years in the national academy of drama..and the last 3 with an amazing argentinian teacher,famous in Italy,that made me discover the method Stanislavskij.Afterwards I ve left acting because disgusted from the quality of contemporary italian cinema,and from the corruption that never let comes up the talent.So I’m mostly into musci..that brings me here in London.I would like to restart acting,I know I am Italian..so not much chances to be a cinema’s actor here…but,however..I may always play the role of an italian,isn’t it!!ahaha^_^ There is some good UK website about castings,agents,agencies etc,that can be helpful?Thank you so much guys!

        Monday 10th December 2012, 12:14 am
      • Aziza Shaw

        great answer !! I agree with you. I think it all depends on you, on the person who is performing and his raw talent and passion. Sometimes you don’t need to sit behind the books to achieve something. It is all very different for everyone. Some actors don’t have any prior training, and they are doing an amazing breath taking job, others need years and years to perfect their acting and to be good.

        Tuesday 11th June 2013, 2:27 pm
  32. Charlie

    Hi,
    Can anyone point me in the right direction?
    I’m a martial artist/actor and Im looking for a good agency who would take me on their books, not as a stunt man but as a screen fighter who can also act for film and TV.
    Iv’e joined Shooting People so far and have done mostly independent films short action and some independent short features. I’ve done Martial Arts for roughly 20 + years with black belts in 6 arts and been involved in film since 2000.
    Any advice out there?
    I get frustrated sometimes going to see films and seeing bit part actors doing stunts/fights and thinking ‘I could do that!’
    Many thanks.

    Wednesday 5th December 2012, 6:26 pm Reply
    • jon

      I know alot about this area! unfortunately you have been born in the wrong era! The days of Van Damme are over and will never come back! No one cares about the b dvd movies, there is no money in them and they barely make them anymore. Also if people have you seen you have done any of these, they wont think your an actor and you wont get seen for good parts in good projects and no agents will be interested, so you wont have a career.

      Those bit part actors you see doing fights are most likely stunt guys, who are stunt registered. You wont see these actors in big projects with big parts. You should get known as an actor first and then release the martial arts skills, but only on a quality project. These days they want good actors and they dont care too much about how good you can execute a kick, as they will get stunt doubles in to do that and pay them less.

      If you want to be Van Damme or Tony Jaa, then you need to go to Thailand or Hong Kong. If you are caucasion, your chances are almost zero and you may get a featured extra role here or there.

      To get into doing bigger roles in B movies is a major struggle and you have to hit the right director, but there is no money in this, they dont make much so producers dont want to makes these films. They just dont go anywhere.

      You’ve missed the boat to become a major action movie star using clean kicks, physqiue. Those days are finished.

      Now its all about how good an actor you are combined with good looks. Though, the main thing is – is who your agent and manager is, this is number one, then the rest will do the work. But concentrate on getting a top agent in London, a top manager in LA and a top agent in LA. Without this, your gonna struggle!

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:22 pm Reply
  33. Oliver

    Have you ever heard of Luxmodels or Kube studio? Are they a scam?

    Thursday 6th December 2012, 11:08 am Reply
    • India Johnson

      Hi -

      Luxe Models is definitely NOT a scam. Luxe Models was attacked by a competitor, who created a blog post claiming that they were a “scam”. Luxe Models does not claim to be a model agency – it is a company that helps aspiring models create the portfolios needed to crack the industry. They’re a great company and have done some excellent work.

      Hope this clears some things up!

      India

      Thursday 21st March 2013, 3:58 pm Reply
      • ANNIE

        Are you joking!!! they make people pay 1000′s for photos that get them no where – making them believe they can be models! COMPLETE SCAM STAY AWAY PEOPLE!!! NONE SHOULD PAY OVER £200 FOR PHOTOS!!!

        Thursday 19th September 2013, 1:53 pm
    • ANNIE

      YES THEY ARE A SCAM – THEY MAKE YOU PAY FOR PICTURES AND ADVERTISE AS AN AGENCY WHEN THEY ARE NOT! STAY AWAY AND DONT PAY OVER £200 FOR PICTURES ANYWHERE!!

      Thursday 19th September 2013, 1:55 pm Reply
  34. Sonny

    Hi there, I am sixteen years old I was a child actor with Sylvia Youngs when I was very young (until I was 10) I did alot of work, film tv and lots of commercials. For the past few years I have been attending Saturdaydrama school at Rose Brufords I now want to take up acting again I need a good agent. Can anyone suggest a good agent I am to old for Sylvia’s now. Thanks Sonny

    Thursday 6th December 2012, 2:13 pm Reply
    • jon

      Ask Silvia about Rossmore – they take on adults from your school! they are ok – prob will get you some auditions!

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:25 pm Reply
  35. Darryl

    Hey!

    This is a very insightful thread- am glad I stumbled upon it. I’m actually a freelance journalist and a few of my jobs are in front of the camera. I work as a fashion reporter and a red carpet reporter- interviewing the celebs at London film premiers. I absolutely love what i do- which is basically talking to people! I now want to take it further- could anyone recommend agencies for presenters?

    Many thanks

    Darryl x

    Friday 7th December 2012, 6:10 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      What kind of Premiers have you been working at?

      Friday 7th December 2012, 11:21 pm Reply
      • Darryl

        Leicester Square prems: I covered the London Film Festival 2011- Was at premiere of 360 (Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law) Ides of March (George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood) W.E (Laurence Fox, Katie McGrath) and A Dangerous Method (Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly, Viggo Mortensen). Most recently I covered nativity 2, speaking to David Tennant, Joanna Page, Jessica Hynes. In the past 14 months I have done so much, but you know when you get to that stage where you’re ready to push forward? Well i’m there! Any advice would be very much appreciated!

        Darryl
        x

        Saturday 8th December 2012, 12:02 pm
  36. KP

    Hey Daryl,

    I’m in between jobs at the moment, just finished some work with a tv production company & was wondering if you need some help or assistanCe? Please let me know as I would be happy to help.

    Thanks

    Saturday 8th December 2012, 11:04 pm Reply
  37. Jackson

    Hi

    I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I am moving to London in 2 weeks and am looking in getting some good representation. I just finished my Bachelor of Arts (Stage and Screen) in New Zealand at Drama School and have been accepted to audition for CENTRAL to do my masters in Feb. What should I do? What agencies should I apply for?

    Many Thanks

    Jackson Taylor

    Thursday 13th December 2012, 6:50 am Reply
  38. Eddie

    Enjoyed reading the post. Looking actively for work as an actor. All serious roles considered.
    Eddie

    Thursday 13th December 2012, 2:57 pm Reply
    • jon

      If your looking, then you wont be considered for serious roles! your agent should be looking and trying to get you considered.

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:27 pm Reply
  39. Chellebert

    Hi there, an agency came to my 13 year old daughter’s drama school in January and signed her up. Her details are on Spotlight, but she has not had one single lead. She is 5 foot 5 so I know her height goes against her, but are the agents really ‘putting her forward for things every day’, or are they just fobbing us off? If she can’t get in front of a casting director, how can she build a CV?

    Friday 14th December 2012, 5:14 pm Reply
  40. HA

    hi, i’m 14yrs old and i really want to pursue a career in acting. i want to be in TV and film but don’t know how to get started or build a CV or find auditions, could you give me some ideas? i live in London so have access to many agencies, i just want to start. at the moment Drama school isn’t the route i want to try but i do try and get as much practical practise through school and LAMDA exams but i really want to progress forward. Can you help?? x

    Saturday 15th December 2012, 11:43 pm Reply
  41. John

    I’m increasingly of the opinion that the big name agencies are a closed shop. I’m with a fairly mid-level agent, getting a handful of auditions (albeit most of these I get myself), but I still get a reasonable chunk of them. I work as much as I think someone with a mid-range agent can be expected to work, if not more. Most recently a few gigs for big companies in small cast shows opposite household names… and I still can’t get anyone out to see me. Genuinely have no idea what to do to get up to the next level.

    Sunday 16th December 2012, 11:29 am Reply
    • jon

      John – whos your mid level agent? Im at a similar level! ive worked with some fo the biggest movie stars in the world in a small roles and can still not get these top agents interested! I know what they like: stunning girls, brad pitt guys with square jaws, etonian’s, oxford or cambridge grads – are you any of these? if not, you got to wait until you get a medium/big role in a major production.

      Your right, because of the agents stereotypes and the snobbish attitude, it is closed – you might want to try LA – they are more open! then from LA, back to London for a top agent with your LA rep recommending you!

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:35 pm Reply
  42. Rohan Worth

    What middle-ranking but up-coming possibly newer agents might it be worth contacting with a view to getting representation? I ask this as someone who was an actor (drama school trained), did some professional work, but has been out of the game for ten years and am now 40. So, can someone recommend a handful of agents who might fit this bill?… By the way and for what it’s worth, in my experience, I’d say it’s an understatement that the vast majority have ZERO chance of getting on the books of a Conway Van Gelder or a William Morris or somebody of that esteem.

    Thursday 20th December 2012, 7:27 am Reply
  43. Anas Belarbi

    Hi Guys,

    What you must realize about the acting industry is that is becoming highly competitive as more & more people are attending drama schools & universities and want to peruse a career in acting.
    My advice to any actor starting out is, see an audition as your only audition, remember that if you don’t give it your absolute best shot and put a unique spin on the character, you don’t know when your likely to get another, as most jobs your agent puts you forward for you won’t get picked to attend the casting.
    In the UK there are hundreds of Agents all fighting to get their clients work, some are in more favor than others of their clients get jobs as they have good reputations with casting directors, film producers etc.
    Being represented by an agent that’s an Industry leader such as Independent Talent or Hamilton Hoddell is better when it comes to attending castings and securing roles, as casting directors are very familiar with these agents and know they represent the finest acting talent, hence it being harder to gain representation from them as they don’t just represent average talented actors.
    Also regarding the list of top 11 agents, I don’t really believe some of these agents mentioned are on the top 11 as you didn’t even mention Lou Coulson Associates, and for me these have to be easily at the top as they represent huge international acting talent such as Hugh Jackman.
    But most agents such as Ken Mcreddie Associates, Hamilton Hoddell, Independent Talent, United Agents, Curtis Brown, Markham Froggatt & Irwin, Troika and the many more leading agencies out there, are all on the same level of excellence as they all represent at least One or Two Hollywood Stars, and several British film & TV stars.
    When finding the right agent, its vital you don’t go with an agent just because they represent your favorite actor on Coronation Street, but because you believe that you and your agent will work well as a team, remember you don’t work for your agent, neither do they work for you, you both work with each other, when you make money so do they.
    I hope this information has helped some people that were wondering about which agents are better than whom, and wanted to know a little more about why clients from bigger agents get work that those from smaller agencies. If you have anything else you want to ask me feel free.
    Lastly I recently made a short film aimed at society about a young boy who is victimized and abused by society, therefore takes his own life.
    I starred, directed & written this short film, I’d appreciate if you can give it a quick watch and let me know what you think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSTcEAsEQQk

    Many Thanks,

    Anas

    Saturday 29th December 2012, 6:46 am Reply
  44. Jaz

    Hello, I was wondering what is the best way to submit for an agent if you are locating to that country. I am in Australia and thinking of moving to England. Is it best to submit for agent while I am here or wait till I am in the UK then start looking?

    Saturday 29th December 2012, 11:57 am Reply
  45. Adanne

    Hello,
    I am 16 years old and aspiring to be an actress. However I am unsure as to how to become or get any work as an actress.
    I would LOVE to attend theatre groups, drama school (such as National youth theatre) but my mum is a single mum and everyday is a basic struggle so she is unfortunately able to fund my wishes to attend acting school etc. How else can I achieve my goal of becoming an actress?

    Thursday 3rd January 2013, 2:38 am Reply
    • Sope

      Hey Adanne,
      I can completely relate to your financial concerns starting out in acting. I dont come from a wealthy family either and knowing that you dont have an endless pot of cash to support you if you fall, should only be used as your driving force to push yourself to become better and make sure you’re giving, even the smallest opportunities you get, everything you’ve got.

      At your age, my advice to you is to definitely audition for the National Youth Theatre. I’ve worked with them since 2006 and they have been the perfect nurturer of my talent. They provide a really great basis for you to start to hone your craft and develop as an actor through practice. You can find all the information you need for this application process here:
      http://www.nyt.org.uk/apply/

      Although there is an audition fee and there may be an accommodation fee, depending on where you live, for the course, after that it does open a lot of doors for you. It’s money well spent.

      Besides this, I can only advise you to throw yourself into absolutely everything that comes your way. Be it film, school plays and local amateur dramatics companies. The more experience you get at your young age, the better stead it will put you in for the future as you will have so much more experience than those around you. It will also help you make the decision to throw yourself into what may be the toughest industry out there and make sure you’re willing to dedicated your life to it.

      I hope this advice helps and I wish you all the best going forward.

      Wednesday 9th January 2013, 2:46 pm Reply
    • Sope

      I also forgot to mention that a lot of drama schools and the NYT have bursaries available to help people like ourselves who struggle financially so do not be put off by the cost.

      I’ve always said that I would aim to get the role or get into the establishment I was after and then look at cost issues, location or other possible draw backs later. Dont let anything stop you from starting.

      Wednesday 9th January 2013, 2:51 pm Reply
  46. Ren [Costa]Vassilliou

    I have been involved in the business for twenty years and still waiting for that one break, the thing you must understand it’s not easy out there, you need luck and being at the right place at the right time.there are over 50 thousand actors out there and about 90% are out of work.you have to keep going but make sure you have something else to fall on because if you don’t you stand a chance to lose everything.

    Friday 4th January 2013, 5:27 pm Reply
  47. William Drury

    Hello I am 20 years old and I am just about to finish my BA Hons degree in performance, I am studying and living in Doncaster in South Yorkshire, I would love some advice on what I should do to become the film/tv star that I have been training for. I am a little concerned that my location of residence may hider the work that I am offered, also could you suggest the best agencies and directors that I could get in touch with personally, also which acting online agencies are the best to join
    Thank you kindly
    Will

    Friday 4th January 2013, 10:21 pm Reply
  48. Jasmine

    Hi, I’m 18 years old and am looking to get into acting. I was even thinking i might be too old, looking at actresses like Dakota Fanning, Miley Cyrus etc. who began much younger! The agencies you’ve listed above seem amazing however i’ve had NO acting experience in my life, nor do i have headshots or anything.. What is the best thing for me to do? How do i start?

    Friday 4th January 2013, 10:33 pm Reply
  49. Natasha

    Hi,

    I know this is abit late on the post but if anyone has any advice they
    Could give me. I am enroling into acting school at the moment and I am from manchester. Would you say London is the best place to be for pursuing an acting career ? I am able to commute to audition and I’m also looking into spending sometime in LA throughout the year. I would prefur to stay in manchester and start my acting career as I don’t think moving to London with no jobs lined up would be wise.

    Thanks

    Saturday 5th January 2013, 9:57 am Reply
    • Anonymous

      Don’t move to London yet. Save up, live outside and commute in. It’ll work out cheaper. Once you’re getting regular work, move to London.

      Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 2:22 pm Reply
  50. jia

    Hi Vesper, how can a normal person contact a “big agency”? Do they look just at students who went to famous and expensive drama school?

    Sunday 6th January 2013, 11:50 pm Reply
    • jon

      yes correct! or if you were at Eton or Oxford or Cambridge!

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:40 pm Reply
  51. Nicole

    I’m an independent television screenwriter and and I’m making a tester tape (one scene, 7 minutes) to show to my contacts. I need an male actor (26-30) and a female actress (19-24) to make it. Does anyone know how I can get into contact with good actors?

    Monday 7th January 2013, 6:37 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Email your script to hello@vesperblack.com and I will see if I can give you some suggestions

      Tuesday 8th January 2013, 11:00 pm Reply
    • jon

      Try Troika! good luck!lol

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:41 pm Reply
  52. Laura

    Hello,

    my question is: You’ve listed the top agencies, which take only household names or people with great credits. Can you offer names or advice on good agencies for a beginner? That is to say, I am not a beginner, I am a theatre actress but in Brazil, intending to study in the UK and try to look for representation while there if possible. Is there anything I could do about that?

    Tuesday 8th January 2013, 1:57 am Reply
  53. Simon

    There are a few young persons agencies that are very good, to say that Anna Scher & Silvia Young are the only two is not correct. Silvia Young I’m afraid to say doesn’t have the best reputation amongst casting directors whatsoever, in fact I know a good many who will steer well clear. And Anna Scher’s is in complete turmoil last I heard! The board sacked Anna Scher and replaced her with somebody completely different. Anyway … There are a couple of new-age, young persons agencies out there, the first one who comes to mind that I’ve had experience of working with is Hoxton Street Management. They have a small list of clients and are very picky about who they sign, however, the clients they do have are doing very well.

    Hope that helps!

    Simon.

    Wednesday 9th January 2013, 12:51 pm Reply
  54. Simon

    This whole debate is very frustrating, (however I feel compelled to get involved)!! It’s near on impossible to create a top ten list of acting agencies, all agencies are different and as a result they all tend to have different areas of expertise/success. Yes, the very top, top agents/agencies have more pull than others, but what are you going to do, hold out till Julian Belfrage gives you a call? You might be waiting a while. Plus this ‘list’ is ever changing, the likes of all these agencies have had to come from somewhere … I think the point of what I’m trying to get at is, don’t be overly concerned with who is the ‘best’ (especially if you’re just starting out) do some research and find out what agencies are on their way up. These are the companies you want to get into NOW, cos in years to come they’ll be the ones we’re all talking about.

    There’s plenty of well respected agencies out there, buy yourself ‘Contacts’ (you can get it from any good book store, it lists all contact details for all agents). Work your way through the agents by looking at their websites, it will become very apparent, very quickly who the good and bad are. Most agencies who have a website will inform you of the work their clients are doing, if they are landing good roles in decent film, tv and theatre projects that you recognise, they’re going to be half decent … Good luck!

    Simon

    Simon.

    Wednesday 9th January 2013, 1:23 pm Reply
    • jon

      well, the years to come when all the agencies mentioned are dissolved and are no longer trading! other then that, they wont come near the current ones, mainly because of the snobbish attitude of casting directors who still only use these agents! just go and meet a casting director who casts for BBC drama and you will have your answer!

      Friday 18th January 2013, 12:45 pm Reply
  55. Ellie

    Hello, I am a fifteen girl; (5ft 3, average weight, blonde hair&blue eyes) and I plan to apply for representation with Hamilton Hodell although I really need some answers to some questions.

    I used to attend Sylvia Young Saturday School taking classes in singing, dance and drama. Singing and drama being my strongest and dance being my weakest although I do have grades in dance from when I was younger. I have taken part in ammeter plays with another auditioned theatre group although I have not ever done any professional work. I am doing GCSE Drama and I have sang at school talent shows coming first and in voice and prose competitions, placing first and see my acting coach weekly. I also have grades in singing and the clarinet (Grade 6-7)

    I am concerned because I do not have any professional experience and because Hamilton Hodell is one of the best agency’s, I am worried that It will mean that I will have no chance for representation with them. Is this the case?

    Also I have heard that Hamilton Hodell although competitive and highly respected, it is also one of the kindest agency’s and I am just asking to see if this is correct as for a young person starting out, I feel that this is very important.

    In a couple of weeks I have an appointment with a professional photographer to get my head shots and once I have got these then I plan to create a short showreel of my work that I have done. and send of my head shots, showreel and resume off.

    If I am lucky enough to get a meeting with them.. i was wondering if you could tell me what i can expect from an interview (cold reading/un seen monologue, asked to prepare two contrasting monologues) etc.. as i am totally new to the business.

    Please reply soon. Thank you so much! WISH ME LUCK…

    Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:58 pm Reply
  56. Darryl

    Hey KP, have just re checked this thread from a month ago. Would be great to talk to you! What’s your email? Or find me on twitter @darrylbx

    Thanks!
    Darryl.

    Tuesday 15th January 2013, 2:27 pm Reply
  57. Anonymous

    Advice to actors seeking representation

    I am represented by Independent Talent Group. I attended a drama school outside of London, and landed representation with them long before graduation. I am 21.

    I think the best way to get representation is by attending a drama school – and one accredited by the NCDT. It doesn’t have to be in London, it has to be the course right for you.

    And also, I wouldnt always recommend going straight to one of the big agents. I’ve been lucky – my experience with Independent has been AMAZING, and I havent stopped working since graduation BUT it isn’t like that for everyone. If you go to one of the big agencies chances are you will be put up for BIG jobs. You rely more on getting a big break. I’ve lost out of parts to people like Emma Watson. And nowadays, being a ‘star’ is of increasing importance in the casting process because producers (who are risking a hell of a lot of money in making something) are more likely to take less risks by hiring a name. And therefore you have to be lucky enough for someone to take a risk on hiring an unknown. Luckily that happened for me, but I have other friends that signed straight with United, Curtis Brown, etc, that havent yet worked since drama school.

    So go to drama school (if you can), invite people to see you do your thing, and if they like you, they will meet with you. Remember YOU are hiring THEM. You have to want them to work for you, so the interview should be as much them selling themselves to you, as to the other way around. There is no point signing to United if they only get you an audition once a year, and its against Tom Cruise (no matter how good an actor you are!)

    Further advice, all folks that want to be actors should join Spotlight. They also hold free sessions on mondays at Spotlight in London for advice sessions on careers. You can go and speak to the folks there and ask for advice about representation and what to do next. They will look at your CV and headshot (GET A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT – its worth the money), and tell you what to chance/add in/leave out.

    If you are not able to attend drama school – you either have to have enough screen time to create a showreel, or be in something. Doesn’t matter if its fringe or whatever – do something. There’s no point writing off to agencies unless you have something to show them. Its like saying ‘I’m dead good, I promise, look at this photo of my face – see!!!’. Buy the book CONTACTS, it is invaluable for contacts within the industry – agents, casting directors, photographers, etc. Do your research. Do not just write off to an agency saying ‘I want you to represent me because I like Emma Watson’ – research into what type of work their actors do – is that what you want to do? How do you see your career progressing? What makes that particular agent right for you?

    Furthermore, actors starting out, in my opinion, shouldn’t concentrate on agencies – casting directors are just as (if not more) important. These are the people that get you a job!! Your agent only gets you in the room. Agents try to get you in the room with casting directors. So join Spotlight – the Spotlight link posts new auditions every day. Keep your ear to the ground about auditions,and write off when you see something you’re right for. It was actually the favour of a casting director that got me my agent in the first place.

    Lastly, its going to be TOUGH. But work through it. Keep learning, keep attending classes, do things for free, do anything you can to get experience and become a better actor. Acting is a craft. And, while drama school is great, you don’t really start learning until you leave, and start working. Take classes in how to act for screen. Take classes in how to act for radio. Take classes in voice production. Movement. Dance. Singing. Anything that hones your craft, because in the end it seems to me that the harder I work, the luckier I have become.

    I hope this is useful.

    Good luck everyone!

    Monday 21st January 2013, 4:05 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Thanks for this – Lost of good advise here. What Drama school did you go to?

      Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 12:48 am Reply
      • Anonymous

        RWCMD

        Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 2:14 pm
    • Damjan

      Thanks for the advice! I was wondering if you perhaps know of an agency or an agent that deals with foregin actors? I`m from Croatia and I got MA in acting on the best academy in my country, done lots of theatre work and some television in Croatia, however I doubt that means anything to anyone in UK. I can do british and american accents as well as balcanian ones. I`m 27. I would really appreciate some help.Thanks!

      Friday 1st March 2013, 12:46 am Reply
  58. Katie

    Hi, My name is Katie, I’m 14 years old and looking for some advice if anyone can help me out please? I am currently a big part of my local drama group and have had many lead roles in several of these productions, and have played Dorothy in the wizard of oz so i can sing, i have also been in chrous 3 times so i pick up dance easily but my passion is acting! I love all asspects of drama and acting and wish to purssue this as a career. Altough i would love to join a drama school i would like to finnish my time off at my current school. When i have previously asked for help it has all been advice with schools and agencies in the London area which isn’t much good for me as i live in Wiltshire. I’m not looking for something right on the door step though as my parents are willing to travel.
    So basicly what i’m asking is what do i do next?
    Drama schools?
    Weekend classes?
    And most importantly LEGIT acting agencies for young people my age?

    Many thanks in advance,
    Katie

    Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 9:34 pm Reply
    • Anonymous

      Get as involved as you can with clubs outside of school – and then go to drama school :)

      Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 2:11 pm Reply
    • Anonymous

      Or you could look into going to Brit school on their acting course – or Italia Conti – but I’d say, enjoy being a kid. See as much theatre as you can. Musicals, plays; classical and modern – read Shakespeare, take private singing lessons. If you want to do musical theatre, you could take musical theatre exams, or ask your school to help you do LAMDA acting exams outside of class time. Enjoy being a kid, and learn as much as you can. There are SO many people that want to be actors because they like the idea of being famous. Its actors that work hard, appreciate other actors work and genuinely love the work that are more likely to succeed. Actors (chances are) will spend most of their lives unemployed – so you have to LOVE it to have the willpower and the determination to keep going.

      I hope that’s useful :)

      Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 2:19 pm Reply
      • Anonymous

        And the National Youth Theatre

        Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 2:23 pm
  59. Sarah

    Hi

    I have been officially acting for a year. I have sourced a lot of work myself, booking paid and unpaid roles (features, shorts, corporates, presenting and internet for high profile companies). My current acting agent is putting me forward for one-liners in tv and film and I’ve not had a single tv/film audition, only the odd commercial in nearly a year. I have no training either but have a pretty strong cv (upwards of 30 credits since 2012). I think I need to think about a new agent – would I be considered by the big guys? I’m 30

    thanks

    Thursday 24th January 2013, 7:57 pm Reply
  60. Margaret

    Hi guys, I am an actor and need some advice. Do you know anything about Stephanie Evans Associates? They offered me representation, but I don’t know anything about them. This is their website.
    Thanks, Margaret
    http://www.stephanie-evans.com/

    Saturday 26th January 2013, 9:36 am Reply
  61. Anonymous1

    Hi,
    I’m 20 and in my last year at Italia Conti. Just wondering if anyone knows of any agencies that come to showcases, or if I have any chance of getting an agent seeing as I haven’t come from one of the top drama schools?
    Thanks x

    Friday 1st February 2013, 1:31 pm Reply
  62. Megan

    I have submitted my resume and head shots to the top agencies about a week and a half ago.

    How long do they usually take to respond if you have been successful?

    Sunday 10th February 2013, 1:12 pm Reply
  63. Anne

    hey,
    im 15 and really stuck about my future. im just starting my gcse’s and i didnt choose drama as 1. it wasnt clear i wanted to be an actor, and 2. my drama class wasnt challenging and i just didnt enjoy it. but i really love acting. i have no proper experience, only a few school plays, but im always trying to better myself at it by reading through scripts and getting into characters, even writing my own plays to act out. i was wondering whether id be able to study acting further without having done a gcse in it, and where do i go? i live in wales and theres basically no opportunities where i live, and i dont have enough money to join a proper acting group or theatre company. also how do i better myself at it, is there a way to do that without attending an acting group?

    any suggestions or advice would be great,thanks.

    Anne x

    Monday 11th February 2013, 11:01 pm Reply
  64. Anonymous

    Annie,

    That is not true about RADA. I was there two years ago studying on the 3 yr Acting BA and the whole time i was there and since then students have been allowed to audition throughout their final year.

    Tuesday 12th February 2013, 11:26 am Reply
  65. Kerry

    I’m 48 and have been trying to get acting jobs for about a year. I’ve done amdram for over 20 years and have been taking acting workshops. I want to be a very good working actress with the right representation. Some of the management companies require a CV, photo and covering letter but what do I put down on the CV and how would I word the covering letter so that they would be interested in taking me on. I understand how difficult it is to get into this industry and I’m not looking for fame and glory. I just want to be a paid working actress. Any help, advice or tips would be greatly received.

    Thursday 14th February 2013, 2:56 pm Reply
  66. Samantha's

    I am studying at college performing arts! I have just been in two films with no agent, one of which is going into the cinema, I am only an extra but I spoke to one of the main actors Emma Rigby who was in Hollyoaks as Hannah Ashworth, she didn’t go to any drama school, didn’t do acting at school ect.. But she is now a well paid famous actor who auditioned for things and got herself in front of the camera at 15 for Hollyoaks! You don’t need all the school, find a decent agent and get to some auditions work you way up it’s not impossible!! Good luck everyone!

    Saturday 16th February 2013, 8:20 pm Reply
  67. Ana

    Hi, i just moved to London to work and go to university to take a film degree. i want to be an actress but i do not have any experience. Does anyone have any advice? What should i do? Is it possible to go to auditions without any experience or agent?

    Thank you

    Sunday 17th February 2013, 12:24 pm Reply
  68. Ollie-James Bridgwater

    My name is Ollie Bridgwater I am 16 years old
    And I have a burning passion for performing, whether on the stage or tv. I am part of the Birmingham hippodrome stage school and been involved in some major productions including CHICAGO I feel an agency will help boost my chances of achieving my dream, do you have any advice on agency’s in London and Birmingham

    Wednesday 20th February 2013, 4:35 pm Reply
  69. Marcuss

    I have spent many years in casting and have always found Access Artiste Management to be the most efficient. They have always been quick and the actors they have supplied have been excellent. They also know who I am talking about when I call unlike some of the agents you have listed here. Narrow Road are also very good.

    Friday 22nd February 2013, 2:32 pm Reply
    • Gill Morris

      Have you heard of either Williamson and Holmes or A & J Management? My 11 year old son is just starting out and has had successful auditions with both. Any advice on either?
      Many thanks
      Gill

      Thursday 8th August 2013, 5:18 pm Reply
  70. phoenixjet

    Hello,
    I think that most people here do not realize how tuff this busisness is specially when they are already past 40 and want to make their dream come true…i have been in this busisness for 20 years studied with the best people in N.Y and L.A where i know everyone,big name stars,directors,producers you name them…have been in competition with people who hold academy awards and still it is extremely difficult….for personnal reasons i can’t no longer be in the US but still want to work on all the films that are shot everywhere else that’s why i am relocating to London…and will also have to set meetings to get representation…i will look first at the top ones that share the same Hollywood connections but even so i know it will be tuff…good luck everyone!

    Wednesday 27th February 2013, 5:08 pm Reply
  71. Jason

    Hello,

    I really need a agent and not to sure where to look and who to go too…

    Right now Im a lead singer in a London West End show. And I’d love to now move on to bigger things, TV, movies, who knows… As far as I know, I’m the only guy to date, that has played all three male lead singing roles, so I must be doing something right. I’ve been in this show for over a year and I’d to see what else I can do…

    Any help out there?

    Friday 1st March 2013, 1:25 pm Reply
  72. Deborah mbata

    Pls I really an acting agent since I was five I have been looking for an acting agent this means a lot to me I cry a lot not to find myself not showing my talent dancing and acting pls any agents please help me I promise I won’t let you down

    Saturday 2nd March 2013, 9:03 pm Reply
  73. Deborah mbata

    Can I go for auditions without an experience and agent?need an advice

    Saturday 2nd March 2013, 9:06 pm Reply
  74. Hope

    I think Anas Balarbi has got it pretty spot on.

    Lou Coulson deserved a mention – they are v reputable. Also, Hamilton Hodell don’t seem to have got the recognition they deserve, they are going up up up. Also, Emptage Hallett? Dalzell and Beresford? Waring and McKenna also nice little middle-road agency. I’m sure there have been others missed out. Truth is, there are a lot of actors and a lot of good agencies. Obviously a namey agent/agency is a bonus but you can’t always start at the top. Aim for the stars and then settle with someone you can get on with and trust. But never leave someone else to do your job for you. Your career is yours and yours alone, and there are hundreds of beautiful/talented actors out there with the sole intention of doing a better job than you. Get yourselves onto Spotlight (v important) and good luck!!

    Tuesday 5th March 2013, 5:29 pm Reply
  75. Anon

    I’m with Conway van Gelder. I’m very happy to be with them; they have great connections and it should make the jump to LA that bit easier – when the time is right.

    That said, I don’t think you can necessarily say X agent is good and Y agent is bad. Being with a big agent doesn’t guarantee anything; I have plenty of friends who are with much smaller agencies and have some very significant credits to their names.

    You can only really judge from experience. Meet up with people. A big agent might not be the best agent. It’s a very peculiar and subjective relationship! Go with your instincts.

    Thursday 7th March 2013, 2:53 pm Reply
  76. James

    So many have been missed out! Some of these aren’t even particularly highly regarded. Here is a list of the ones which Casting Directors work with frequently, and have high profile clients:

    Independent,
    Curtis Brown, (especially for their young actors)
    Ken McReddie,
    Troika,
    ARG, (quite new, but have some huge clients)
    Rights House,
    Conway Van Gelder Grant,
    Gordon and French,
    Hamilton Hodell,
    United,
    Hatton McEwan,
    BWH,
    Julian Belfrage,
    Markham Frogatt and Irwin,
    Macfarlane Chard.

    Thursday 7th March 2013, 6:54 pm Reply
  77. Anon

    I am 15-16, what are good smaller agencies in London that will help me kick start my acting career?

    Tuesday 12th March 2013, 10:05 am Reply
    • Simon

      MN Talent Management … I just noticed your post was the one above mine. Thought I’d reply and let you know!!

      Friday 15th March 2013, 7:48 pm Reply
  78. Simon

    There’s a lot of good agencies big and small, be great if we could all get onto the books of Troika but it’s not gonna happen.

    I have a friend with MN Talent Management – He’s doing amazingly well!! (I’d never even heard of them until I asked who he was with?!) I checked their website out and they look as though they specialise in young adults. Not suggesting for a minute that they are top ten but there NEWS page has some genuinely great credits on it. If it works for him … why not?!

    Simon.

    Friday 15th March 2013, 7:47 pm Reply
  79. a

    any tips on actors about to graduate from drama school that are multi lingual and have an european accent? i can’t do RP. And didn’t invite any agents to my final shows because i was to self conscious about it. I was hit up through spotlight to audition for an ITV drama because they were looking for actors with accents. That gave me hope that maybe i can try and stay in london after graduation. I am at one of the top drama schools. Definitely need representation though. so any tips?

    Saturday 16th March 2013, 3:25 am Reply
  80. Bri

    i have an audition with Robert kelly associates and i just wanted to know if thier a good agency?

    Thursday 21st March 2013, 7:25 pm Reply
  81. Phoenix

    Hi, I am an actress and I have been looking for representation but have had no luck. I did have some showreels but over the years they have been lost and all I have is a few pictures. So my question is please can you tell me where to get a new show reel and representation. I am new and have never had any help. I have no agents and dont know where to look. Please can anyone help.

    Thanks.

    Thursday 21st March 2013, 8:48 pm Reply
  82. Elena

    Hi really interesting reading everyone’s thoughts, i’m currently looking into studying acting after graduating from university, as actors do people notice a difference in gaining work whether your a 1year MA graduate or a 3 year BA graduate?

    Thank you

    Thursday 21st March 2013, 9:38 pm Reply
  83. SaraH

    AVOID Top Talent Agency! Very weak and unprofessional agency on top of making profits with collecting fees upfront for some kind of images, but no jobs for children or adult.

    Friday 22nd March 2013, 2:55 pm Reply
  84. SaraH

    AVOID Top Talent Agency! Very weak and unprofessional agency. The only goal is to collect upfront fees for some kind of images, but no jobs for children and adults.

    Friday 22nd March 2013, 2:58 pm Reply
  85. Jess

    Hi all, I have found all the comments very interesting but I am totally at a loss as to what to do next.
    My dream of becoming an actress (be it in tv or stage) seems to be slipping away at the moment.
    I am 18 and just in the middle of trying to get a place in a drama school/ Uni, so far I have had no luck (Gutted)!!!!
    I really don’t know what they want from you, because I have worked bloody hard for the past 10 years gaining trinty exams in speech and Drama and also musical and vocal exams through the associated board of the royal schools of music. I am in my final year at collage and gaining Distinctions in my acting work. HELP!!!
    How am I ever going to get an Agent if they want someone that has come from the top drama schools!! Just because I may not get into one of them does NOT mean that I don’t want it as bad and that I am not as good as the ones that did. I Just want someone to give me the chance to prove that I am worth having on there books and trust me I will give 100% every time, because unlike most that I have met at the auditions I am not in this for the fame and bright lights I just want to work hard and make a living out of the one thing I hold dear to my heart..

    Monday 25th March 2013, 11:30 am Reply
  86. Yaz

    After training at the RCS (formerly RSAMD) in Scotland which is a top school in the Uk. I would say the top drama schools are as follows, in regards to being signed after you graduate and top training (though the latter is hard to measure), are as follows:

    RADA
    Guildhall
    Drama Center
    LAMDA
    Bristol Old Vic
    RWCMD
    RCS (formerly RSAMD)

    I would advise people to train in London if possible, when it comes to agents. My year group found that 8 of us signed from the London showcase out of 21. 3 in our year had agents already and 2 signed from the Scottish showcase. Only 1 person signed big – with one of the top agencies you list here.
    We only get one showcase in London which works out at each person having roughly 6-10minutes stage time each. This is not enough for the big agencies to sign you. Over past years those who have managed to sign big have done so because they have previously worked professionally or they are a niche in themselves – their casting type is very much in the minority.

    I think it’s a mixed bag – signing big means you get big auditions indeed, but can also mean you could get lost due to a star on their books already. You can also be dropped by them if you are not booking jobs.

    Having seen various shows at many different drama schools – RCS, RADA, LAMDA, Manchester Theatre School and Drama Center. The standard of students is always the SAME – which is – everyone is good, there will be couple who stand out as brilliant and maybe one or two who it seems like they got in by mistake and you wonder why they are there. This is reflective on the industry itself.

    I feel that if my year were training in London we would have signed bigger as a whole and there wouldn’t be the 7 left with nothing. This is because our full-length shows would have been seen, networking in London would have been easier and therefore fully getting to know us as artists and trust that we can do the job would be there for the industry. So I would urge you to train in London as you will be seen more. Especially if training, for you, is about getting an agent.

    Having said that – you can still sign even if you don’t train in London. I did. Although one would like to graduate and have a big name behind them (maybe for egotistical reasons partly), it is important to remember that smaller agencies can get you through the door! In fact, when you look up am agency – look at how long they have been established and what work their clients are doing now.

    I feel it is important to have rapport with your agent and feel that they will support you, believe in you and fight for you. That you are not a money making piece of meat or that you’ll get lost in a sea if similar faces toyou.

    You can always move on once you’ve got a good job.

    Before you sign – email casting directors and ask them what they think of that agency. Thy will tell you if thy will see a client that is sent from them or not.

    Do not be fooled by flashy or poor websites – websites are for actors shopping around. Agents will receive caring brakdown files directly from casting directors.

    Be realistic – you may get one audition a week – but what are you doing with the rest of your week? YOU have to book the job too! Don’t forget!

    Tuesday 26th March 2013, 3:16 am Reply
    • Brigitta

      Hi,
      I saw many people talking about a few schools which are supposed to be the best. I would like to ask for some advice. Unfortunately I cannot afford a 3-year degree course in drama given that I already hold a Masters in something else and thus I cannot get a loan for a second degree. Therefore I acknowledged that the only option for me is the one- (or at the very most the two-) year option. RADA, Guildhall and some others mentioned as the best don’t offer such a course which is also accredited by Drama UK. I found a one-year course at Drama Centre (in London) which isn’t mentioned in the above lists but it’s accredited and has 6 showcases at the end of the course. I would like to know if this is any popular among agents at all or am I just wasting time and money doing this course?

      Thanks for your help,

      Brigitta.

      Saturday 1st June 2013, 9:49 pm Reply
  87. Yaz

    To continue on the agency front….

    Make sure you have someone who is passionate about developing YOU as an artist, that you feel you could call them up and ask them how it’s going when things are quiet and that they are well respected in the industry and have a good reputation.

    Here’s a list of agencies that casting directors have said they respect, and that their clients are working onstage throughout the UK, with the RSC, NT, BBC, ITV etc:

    Jessica Carney Associates
    Feast Management
    Brown, Simcocks & Andrews
    Eamonn Bedford
    Simon & How Associates
    Jane Lehrer Associates
    Gardner Herrity
    Shepherd Management
    Grantham-Hazeldine
    Amanda Howard Associates

    Tuesday 26th March 2013, 3:24 am Reply
    • Vesper Black

      Great list and one’s that are not as famous but respected

      Wednesday 3rd April 2013, 1:59 am Reply
  88. Yaz

    Oh and Cole Kitchenn!

    Tuesday 26th March 2013, 3:26 am Reply
  89. Anon

    I have got interviews/auditions with:

    Robert Kelly Associates
    Onit Artists
    and I have been shortlisted / have to send in a video tape of a given monolouge that they have chosen to Bloomfields Management.

    I am sixteen and am just starting out as a professional actress. If i am offered representation by these three which one is the best?

    Tuesday 26th March 2013, 8:37 pm Reply
    • Bri

      rka they defo have more experience. good luck with your audition, i have one too with rka comming up

      Thursday 28th March 2013, 3:29 pm Reply
  90. Jessica

    Hi,does anybody know of any genuine child casting agencies or somewhere i could get an acting agent in North Wales/North West England?thanks..

    Monday 1st April 2013, 2:32 pm Reply
  91. Anon

    Hi there,

    does anyone here know much about the MA acting course at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire? How does it compare to the other leading drama schools? Are their showcases seen by top agents? I’m a little wary of MA courses at drama schools so any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks

    Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 5:47 pm Reply
  92. Anon

    is bloomfields managment a good agency?

    Friday 5th April 2013, 10:58 am Reply
  93. Kieran

    I am thinking of acting, recently got my LAMDA grade 3, working towards 4 and 5, I am only 16, but it would be a dream to act, is there any professional acting agency’s in the North East, a reply would be great.

    Sunday 7th April 2013, 12:03 pm Reply
  94. Emily Lewis

    Hi,
    Does anybody know if Lee Morgan are a good agent in London?
    Thanks Emily

    Wednesday 10th April 2013, 11:40 am Reply
  95. Chloe-jean

    Hey do we have to pay for an agent ????

    Friday 12th April 2013, 3:39 pm Reply
    • Anonymous

      No they should work on comission

      Wednesday 17th April 2013, 9:09 pm Reply
  96. Anonymous

    Hi everyone
    It was great reading all your comments I was just wondering if Rbapa agency was genuine.
    Thanks alot

    Wednesday 17th April 2013, 9:08 pm Reply
  97. gaynor

    Does anyone know anything about tim scott personal management. I can t find much about him on the web.

    Thursday 18th April 2013, 10:18 am Reply
  98. Pauli

    Hi
    I am 21 years old and I come from Slovene. I am going to change my career, and move in London. Can someone give me an advice on where to start, what acting school to attempt,giving that i dont have enough money to enter 3 years programme and have no education or experience in acting.

    Friday 19th April 2013, 2:59 pm Reply
  99. Joseph

    Hello everyone!

    I was wondering if there was any hope for someone to find a strong agency without any professional acting school training?
    I am 22 years of age and I am a professional dancer. My only acting experience is through my performances in physical theatre productions. However ive always found myself drawn to television and movies more than dance. However proffesional training is far to expensive for a working class man such as my self!

    I am incredibly passionate about performance and would love if someone could give me some advice for someone with professional performance experience, but no acting training.

    Thank you very much!
    Joe

    Monday 22nd April 2013, 9:42 am Reply
  100. Veronica

    Anyone heard of fusion management and had experience with them?

    Monday 22nd April 2013, 11:06 am Reply
  101. Sam

    For a young actress looking to excel in ‘on screen acting’ which agency is better (Bloomfield’s Managment or Robert Kelly Associates?

    Friday 26th April 2013, 4:34 pm Reply
  102. Evangelina

    Hi,

    I am a rising young, tall, talented teenager that is highly interested in the modeling and acting buissness. (Started modeling already) I was wondering if you could recommend an agency that would be most suited to a young, beginner (only had acting classes) girl.

    A reply would be great, Evangelina

    Sunday 5th May 2013, 10:55 pm Reply
  103. Ellie

    Hello,

    I have just been accepted into Cygnet Training Theatre, it is part of Drama UK. I was wondering if I could get anyones thoughts about it? Or if anyone knows the likely hood of landing a good agent after the three years?

    As well as the training they work as a small scale touring company performing plays to the public from the first year, so students gain alot of experience, which should hopefully help in the eyes of agents and casting directors?

    Thanks,

    Ellie

    Sunday 12th May 2013, 1:04 pm Reply
  104. Steven

    Hi there

    Im a professional working actor and have done a lot of tv film theatre and commercials, im planning on changing agent, simon & how want to sign me and also Feast Management,

    Do you know whos better?

    Im 23, 6ft 1 and mix race… Hope someone can help me out.

    Thanks :)

    Wednesday 15th May 2013, 11:48 am Reply
  105. Paulina

    how is sally hope associates? having an interview with them…

    Wednesday 15th May 2013, 4:03 pm Reply
  106. Smithy

    Hi , has anyone had experience of the BA Acting course at Trinity St David in Wales? I would be interested to hear.

    Saturday 18th May 2013, 10:57 pm Reply
  107. ricky huggins

    Hello

    my name is ricky

    I am a professional working actor from London. Most of my work I get is either word of mouth or by myself.
    I don’t have an agent but would love to get signed by a good agent I have done tv commercials,adverts,small parts in feature films and with no agent.
    I need to go to the next level and get signed and get my face out there I have managed to become friends and worked with some good British actors and because I am a dedicated passionate actor I need to be at that level but keep on sending cv and photos of my work to agents bit get no response.
    Do you no any good agents who give you a trial on there books to show you what you can do and show them how you can act.
    Thanks

    Ricky

    Rickyhuggs@gmail.com
    @rickyhuggins83
    Huggs29 instgrame

    Monday 20th May 2013, 11:22 pm Reply
    • ANON

      If you were to be taken on by one of the ‘bigger’ agencies, without them actually saying it, you would essentially be on a trial…. Independant, United etc generally operate on a 6 month stick/bin cycle…. basically, they take on a few ‘unknowns’ either from drama school or who have a certain look… and then throw them at every casting possible.. if after 6 months they ‘stick’ (book jobs) they keep them… if they don’t get parts, they get binned. I work as an assistant to a very well known casting director for TV/Film and this is the exact terminology they use, im not just being facetious.

      Monday 10th June 2013, 7:23 pm Reply
  108. Ellie

    what are k talent like for young teen actress aspiring to get into film!

    Sunday 26th May 2013, 6:57 pm Reply
    • ANON

      Their quite good.. I have a couple of friends who are with them.. the agents there are very hard working and nice, but my only reservation would be that they have huge lists, so I don’t know how much personal attention you would get.

      Monday 10th June 2013, 7:25 pm Reply
  109. Arianne

    Hi,I’m only 13 and I want to do Acting and /or musical theatre..I’ve been going to a local musical theatre school but I need an agent..do I need a really good CV?i don’t have experience,does anyone know any agents for begginer-ish people?

    Tuesday 28th May 2013, 5:44 pm Reply
  110. Sam

    Hi. I am sixteen. I have a meeting with Simon&How agency and I am looking to be a film/tv actress. Is this agency any good ?

    Saturday 1st June 2013, 6:26 pm Reply
    • Lucas

      Hi Sam,
      Sorry I didn’t see this message earlier as I assume you have had the meeting now?
      I was actually considering applying to them but was a bit hesitant, are they a good agency from what happened at the meeting?
      Thanks for your help:)

      Thursday 13th June 2013, 5:31 pm Reply
  111. Martin

    I’m a young boy only 18, just finishing secondary school in Ireland and I want to become an actor and I’m just wondering if anyone has any advice thanks.

    Saturday 8th June 2013, 11:52 pm Reply
    • ANON

      If you want to train, look at the Gaiety school, The Lir Academy and The Factory, all have good reps… for agents, look at Lisa Richards, ‘The Agency’, Macfarlane Chard and Lorraine Brennan Management… all though for one of those four to be interested they’d probably want you to have some training or credits first.

      Monday 10th June 2013, 7:28 pm Reply
      • Martin

        Cheers, appreciate the advice. I was looking into the gaietys acting course but somebody told me that it’s nearly impossible to get in without previous experience.Thanks again

        Wednesday 19th June 2013, 1:13 am
  112. Molly

    Hey,
    I am 16 and have some stage work with the Opera North and NYMT.
    I am looking for an agency but don’t know which ones are particularly good for Musical Theatre. If anyone could help me out that would be great:)
    Thanks

    Thursday 13th June 2013, 6:29 pm Reply
  113. Gerry

    Opinions on Simon&How Agency?

    Wednesday 19th June 2013, 1:59 pm Reply
    • lucaribezzo

      did u get info about them please ? thank u

      Friday 23rd August 2013, 8:20 pm Reply
  114. Craig

    Hi my name is Craig i am 25 years old and i am currently looking for an agent to represent me. I have a lot of acting experience having been in a pepsi commercial a metropolitan police corporate job and i have been to a lot of film auditions and i am currently attending an amateur dramatics group. I feel that my time is running out and all i ever wanted to do was act so is any agencies are interested please e-mail me i check my e-mails everyday.

    Thank you

    Wednesday 19th June 2013, 2:41 pm Reply
  115. Andrew S

    Is is realistic to expect one of these agencies to accept a newcomer? I have several TV credits and a solid show-reel, but none of the shows have been on mainline TV networks. If you think I have a chance, then who would be a good one or two to try?

    Sunday 23rd June 2013, 7:20 pm Reply
  116. lizzy s

    I am 16 years old and i really want to be an actress, it is my dream. I have not had any professional experience, but I wanted to know if there are any good agencies out there that welcome new talent. If anyone has any recommendations please reply.

    Monday 24th June 2013, 4:08 pm Reply
  117. lizzy s

    I am 16 and i love acting, it is a passion of mine. I have not done any professional acting work but i have done sketches and i was wondering if there are any agencies looking for new talent because i really want to become an actress.

    Friday 28th June 2013, 8:29 pm Reply
  118. lizzy s

    I am 16 and i love acting, it is a passion of mine. I have not done any professional acting but i was wondering if there are any agencies that are good for young performers

    Friday 28th June 2013, 8:57 pm Reply
  119. Rhodri

    hello my name is rhodri. im hoping for a push to the right direction and i need your help.
    im 13 years old and i havnt got a lot of acting experience and im hoping to be a film actor or reality tv actor.
    can you give me some advice please.
    thank you.

    Saturday 29th June 2013, 7:43 pm Reply
  120. James

    This info is great but how about for directors. Who are the top agents for directors in the UK?

    Cheers

    Monday 1st July 2013, 3:11 pm Reply
  121. James

    Anyone know any good agencies for directors?

    Monday 1st July 2013, 3:12 pm Reply
  122. Ainsleigh

    Hi Vesper Black,

    I am going to do my MA Acting at East 15 Acting School this September.

    Should I try get an agent whilst training or best to wait for the showcase?

    Also, I am a 23 year old white South African female. Is this an advantage or disadvantage. (Accent wise)

    I need as much info on the London industry as possible.

    Best,
    Ainsleigh

    Thursday 4th July 2013, 5:22 pm Reply
  123. tornia

    Hi,
    I’m sixteen years old and I have not done any professional acting jobs, ive done sketches and plays at school and I was wondering if there are any good agencies for people who are just starting their acting career. I really want to become a successful actress, it is a passion of mine. Please reply to this comment if you have any ideas. Thank you.

    Saturday 6th July 2013, 8:04 pm Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Sign up to spotlight and perhaps you can get on some short films and build a reel to get more professional experience

      Friday 23rd August 2013, 7:04 pm Reply
  124. kjp

    Anyone know what Pemberton Associates are like please?

    Tuesday 9th July 2013, 5:00 am Reply
  125. Anonymous

    Interviews coming up with Sainou, MN talent and Waring and Mckenna.
    Do you know what is the best agency for a young adult with a playing age of 16-20?

    Wednesday 17th July 2013, 4:24 pm Reply
    • Kimmois

      Waring and McKenna by a mile.

      Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 4:32 pm Reply
  126. Leya

    HI, I joined D&B Managemnet last year in May and had to pay £200 towards my headshots ,spotlight and workshops, however after being with them for that long they have not given me ANY jobs. Now they have emailed all the clients stating that its time to renew our contracts and MUST pay £215 for new headshots and renewing our spotlight page & stating that if we do not pay this fee our contract would come to an end instantly. What advice could anyone give me? Stay and pay the money ? or End the contract and look for another agency?

    Wednesday 24th July 2013, 10:58 am Reply
    • Kimmois

      Don’t pay, leave immediately, it’s not a real agency. No legit agent asks for money or fees upfront. And they don’t get you jobs, an agent puts forward clients for jobs. These chop shops don’t get approached by any legitimate or real clients because they’re not real agencies. run, a mile, and don’t pay a penny more.

      Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 4:34 pm Reply
  127. Hayley

    I’m with robert kelly associates and they are very up and coming. theyve recently opened an la branch and have a few up and coming actors on their books. they have great connections not just eastenders and holby city. they should definately be one to look out for, and not one to mock

    Friday 26th July 2013, 4:52 pm Reply
  128. Tabby

    Opinions on Simon & How Associates for a young female actress (15 years)

    Thursday 1st August 2013, 10:49 pm Reply
  129. Bree

    Hey,
    I have an audition with this new agency call This Is Youth and I just wanted to know of anyone has had any experience with them or if they are reliable and is it worth me going to audition for them to represent me?

    Thank you

    Saturday 3rd August 2013, 7:39 pm Reply
  130. James

    Do not pay them, they should never ask you to pay upfront like that. If I were you and they aint getting me any auditions leave them. I also just want to add that as actors we shouldn’t worship these agents as they are working for us. We are the ones with the talent, there making money of us. Of course its nice to have a good agent but remember before agents existed actors still worked. Build your contacts and build your training up. This won’t happen overnight, I’ve been doing this for 10 years and have just got a break in a big feature film. Just remember you ate the boss of your career and your agent.

    Monday 5th August 2013, 1:58 am Reply
  131. Gill Morris

    Hi, my 11 year old son is just starting out in acting. He attends Stagecoach and has had auditions with two agents recommended by his principal at Stagecoach. They are both interested in representing him. Have you heard of either Williamson and Holmes or A & J Management? Any advice?
    Thanks

    Thursday 8th August 2013, 5:08 pm Reply
  132. jason

    has anybody heard of david johnson is he any good if you have

    Friday 16th August 2013, 11:41 am Reply
    • Vesper Black

      The Acting Teacher from Manchester?

      Sunday 1st September 2013, 11:10 pm Reply
  133. lucaribezzo

    hello to all , an agent from Simon & how associates and from Leading role agency called me are they good please ?

    Friday 23rd August 2013, 8:12 pm Reply
  134. Cat

    Hey , I’m 19 and ive done a GCSE + A level in drama both A* but im from a small town in wales so its hard for me to get any decent acting experience , Im in liverpool now studying media but ive decided that i wanna be in front of the acting and also writing scripts. Will any good agency take me on for acting when im sortof a beginer? and what will i need to do to get into one of these bigger ones listen above?
    thanks

    Wednesday 28th August 2013, 1:52 am Reply
  135. Frank

    Hi, I’ve been offered a place on the 3yr Acting Course at Arts Ed. Im unsure whether to take my place or do another year of applying to get into one of the top schools. Do you know if the best agencies come to see Arts Ed’s showpieces? Thankyou.

    Wednesday 28th August 2013, 7:30 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      I know Arts Ed VERY well and it is one of the top school now. They are best in London for screen work and all the Acting Students get big agents. Recent years has a great track record for hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones, RSC, Globe etc.

      Sunday 1st September 2013, 11:08 pm Reply
  136. Johnny Ace

    which three talents agencies on that list specialize on young actors 16-19?

    Monday 2nd September 2013, 1:44 pm Reply
  137. Kim

    Arts Ed is NOT a top school. The best, giving the best chance of attracting top agents to end of year shows are RADA, Guildhall, LAMDA, Drama Centre & to a lesser extent Central. Outside of London RSAMD, Bristol Old Vic & RWAMD are also excellent and great agents go to the shows.

    Lisa Richards, ‘The Agency’, Macfarlane Chard and Lorraine Brennan Management are NOT good agencies, they’re mid range at best and indeed The Agency is NOT an actors’ agency, they handle writers, directors & creative.

    William Morris should not be on the list above as they have no presence apart from an office in London and British actors represented by WME (William Morris endeavour) in the US have different agents in the UK.

    Monday 2nd September 2013, 6:22 pm Reply
    • Vesper Black

      I would suggest to look at current years success rates, current, staff, recent graduates instead of age old reputations.

      RADA – LAMDA – GUILDHALL – BOVST – CENTRAL for year were considered the big 5. However, others have a legitimate case to challenge this. Several questions are needed such as ‘Do you want to be outside of London?’ If so then RSAMD and RWAMD and maybe even Man Met. I personally enjoy Drama Centres work but some people feel it is hot or miss and question its values from ‘the old days’ which I would ignore as DC is a great school but they will work you HARD! Arts Ed has a growing rep and recent agents taking on students (Hamilton Hodell, Independent, United, Conway, Hatton Mcewan to name a few have all signed students from recent years) so if you are after a commercially successful school that specialises in screen acting then I would strongly consider Arts.

      It has to come down to where you feel most comfortable and you will always get conflicting opinion. Some valid, some outdated.

      Thursday 12th September 2013, 11:29 am Reply
  138. CONNOR J. MATTHEWS

    Hi

    I’m starting ARDEN SCHOOL OF THEATRE this year and doing the Acting BA.

    Great level of training I’ve heard but when leaving I am really hoping for a reputable agent to represent me.

    I know many swear by the top 5 drama schools but do I stand a chance at having a good agent?

    Arden is currently going through the process of getting onto the conference of drama schools (or Drama UK).

    I know this is subjective but I have been very concerned lately.

    Thanks

    Monday 2nd September 2013, 9:26 pm Reply
  139. Rap99k

    Has anyone heard of IPAA (International Performing Arts Academy) located in Chicago and LA? what is the difference between going to an academy first to get training and/or going directly to an agency?

    Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 4:39 am Reply
  140. Connor J. Matthews

    Joining Arden School of Theatre this month. (3 year Acting BA).
    Would reputable agents consider me on their books?

    Thanks

    Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 2:31 pm Reply
  141. Francesca

    I’m 14 and have been training since i was 4, can anyone suggest a good agency that would take me with no actual tv experience apart from plays at my acting class!

    Saturday 7th September 2013, 4:25 pm Reply
  142. Kim

    @Connor J Matthews, it’s highly unlikely the reputable London agents and certainly not the top agents would travel to Manchester to see shows. The alumni list at Arden is hardly stellar too.

    If I were you I’d save your money and reaudition for one of the top five in London.

    Thursday 12th September 2013, 11:53 am Reply
    • gabriel

      Vesper Black, I don’t know who’s behind that but you rock !

      Saturday 14th September 2013, 10:44 am Reply
      • Vesper Black

        Thanks Gabriel!

        Thursday 19th September 2013, 4:13 pm
  143. CONNOR MATTHEWS

    Hi

    Thank you very much for your advice. One last question…

    Asides from drama school showcases, how is it possible to be noticed by reputable agents? (asides from getting a lucky break on a known production). How would I get myself in front of them?

    Thank you

    Kind Regards

    Connor J. Matthews

    Sunday 15th September 2013, 2:37 am Reply
    • Kim

      Move to London, audition for anything and everything, try and get meetings with casting agents which is probably even harder than getting an agent, casting agents tend to work directly with agents anyway. If you want to do it, wait a year and audition for all the top drama schools. It’s bloody difficult, there are no easy short cuts.

      Friday 27th September 2013, 6:55 pm Reply
  144. Andreea

    Hi Jon,
    thank you so much for the advice you’re giving here. I really need your help in finding a smaller/boutique agency, but a good one, that would be open to take on foreign actors. Here is my BIO and Spotlight. Could you recommend a few names? Thank you very much.

    http://www.spotlight.com/9177-8971-9914
    Andreea Padurariu is a Romanian professional actress based in London. After graduating acting at the Theatre and Film Academy in her native town Bucharest, she has worked for a few years in the film industry, television, stage. Her film credits include: Bunraku, Sand Serpents, Xenophobia, True True Lie, Return of the living dead 4. Her tv credits include “One step forward” and “Here come the police” TV series.
    She also had a pretty intense activity in the physical theatre company “Passepartout DP” performing at the National Theatre in Bucharest and participating at European Festivals in Germany, Spain, Poland, Portugal, France, Hungary etc. At the the Black and White Festival in Imatra-Finland, she received the Best Actress Award.
    In 2008 she moved to London, and after studying at Drama Center-University of the Arts, she has started working mainly on stage-recently cast in “Frankenstein” project at the National Theatre, directed by Danny Boyle and “Told and Unfold”, physical theatre show at Sadler’s Wells.
    Her range of skills include contemporary dance, mime, kick boxing, martial arts( Capoeira).

    Wednesday 18th September 2013, 11:04 am Reply
  145. Fay

    I’m a seventeen year old actress. I have an audition with buttercup agency this week and was wondering if they were any good?

    Thanks :)

    Wednesday 18th September 2013, 8:25 pm Reply
  146. Vanja

    Hi, i’m Vanja, 25 years old, from Croatia.
    Is there a company that would consider me if i am not living in UK or have experience more than drama club in school and one commercial advertisement.
    Thanks for answering

    Friday 20th September 2013, 2:53 am Reply
  147. Tanya

    Hi all,

    It’s been interesting reading all the comments and feedback from everyone.

    I am an American actress and am wondering what the chances are of being taken on by agencies with connections here in the states? Or just agencies in London in general? I have done quite a bit of research and have noticed there are actors from the states being represented by agencies in the UK and getting work in the US and in the UK.

    I know some of you might say there is absolutely no chance, but I would very much appreciate thoughtful, honest responses. It has been done, and I am determined to get represented :)

    Also, how difficult would it be for an American actor to get a work permit in the UK? Any information on that?

    I greatly appreciate the help. Good luck to everyone and well wishes!

    -Tanya

    Wednesday 2nd October 2013, 5:08 am Reply
  148. Michaela

    Hi.I would like to become a runner in a movie.How should I get an agent to represent me?I am 34 years old, had never done any acting jobs, apart from school plays.I am not looking to became a big name actress, just have some fun in a movie industry.Please give me some advice.Thank you.

    Saturday 5th October 2013, 2:25 pm Reply
    • Kim

      You don’t mean runner you mean you want to be an “extra” google Extras and take it from there. By the way Extras don’t have a lot of fun.

      Thursday 17th October 2013, 12:20 pm Reply
  149. Michaela

    Hi.My name is Michaela and I am looking for an agent to become a runner.I am 34 years old.Thank you.

    Saturday 5th October 2013, 2:29 pm Reply
    • Kim

      Michaela, runners don’t have agents. Apply to production companies, TV companies, broadcasters, producers with your CV and ask to be kept on file if any productions come up or to be a part of an intern scheme at a production company as a runner.

      Thursday 17th October 2013, 12:17 pm Reply
  150. V

    Hi, I’m 18 and I’ve got experience in different drama schools/clubs whilst in school, but I’m going to university next year and I was wondering what the next step should be for me getting into acting. I’ve heard that drama schools are really hard to get into and I probably won’t get into one until I’m about 20? I’m going to keep trying, but I also want to do something in the meantime whilst waiting to get accepted to a drama school. I don’t have too much experience actually in acting, just minor productions from various drama clubs. What should my next step be? Please help! Should I go to a normal university just to get a little more experience? Would it be pointless applying for any agencies? Also, is it true that if you’re going to make it, you have to make it before you’re 26? Thank you! x

    Sunday 6th October 2013, 4:05 pm Reply
    • Kim

      When you say “make it” what do you mean? University then drama school? That depends how much student debt do you want? Schools take people on raw talent, not experience – your post is very “how long is a piece of string” – if you want to be an actor then go to a good drama school for your best shot.

      Thursday 17th October 2013, 12:19 pm Reply
  151. Anon

    My son is currently playing the leading role in the WestEnd show and is due to leave after 18mths next March. Which of the agents if any take on children? He’s 13 and wishes to continue TV/Film

    Ty

    Sunday 6th October 2013, 5:01 pm Reply
    • Kim

      They all take on children, your best bet is an agent who wants to nurture him into teenhood and beyond. Have you contacted any of the agents?

      When you say “lead” what do you mean? How long is he actually onstage for, is it a speaking role and a role that’s made an impact? I do find it odd that if indeed he is the lead in a West End show he hasn’t been approached for representation yet or indeed isn’t represented.

      Thursday 17th October 2013, 12:15 pm Reply
  152. Elin

    I’m thinking of possibly joining one of these agencies do you know if you actually have to be based up in London or wether there’s an age limit?

    thanks

    Monday 7th October 2013, 6:01 pm Reply
    • Kim

      Elin,

      It’s not a matter of you wanting to join them, they have to want you. No, you don’t have to live in London but you have to be available to audition at the drop of a hat and given that most auditions are in London and you have to pay to go to them it does help.

      These agencies have no end of people wanting to be represented by them and you have to be seen to be an actor of talent, potential, with a track record, from a great drama school – a commercial possibility.

      When you say “age limit” how old are you, you don’t even seem to know that age is immaterial, acting jobs come in all playing ages. And why would United, Independent or Hamilton Hodell, say, want to represent you? What have you got that their rosters of famous, emerging and trained actors don’t?

      I’m sorry to be blunt but you don’t seem to know about the industry at all.

      Thursday 17th October 2013, 12:13 pm Reply
  153. Anon

    Hi,

    A very interesting thread and some great advice on here. I may be joining the party a bit late, but I am looking for the opposite, in that, I used to do acting with William Morris (back in Australia) but have now set up my own business in the UK. I was thinking of making some extra cash, and getting out of my own business head space, by trying to get some extra work? I appreciate there are a lot of people that have given some great advice about the top acting agencies – but are their any ‘extras’ agents that people could recommend? My internet searching doesn’t seem to bring up reliable results? Thanks very much…

    Regards
    Anon

    Tuesday 8th October 2013, 1:59 pm Reply
  154. tom

    Hi,
    I am currently meeting with a few agents for representation;
    Diamond management, Belfield and ward and Robert Kelly.
    I realize these are not top agencies, but could anyone please tell me where they rate within the many agencies here in London?
    Thanks
    Tim

    Saturday 12th October 2013, 2:18 pm Reply
    • Kim

      Diamond Management by a mile is the best. Jean Diamond was actually one of the top acting agents at London management. If this thread had been about the best agents in London ten years ago London Management would have been right up there. London Management went under due to mismanagement and internal bust ups and its agents all went to other agencies or set up on their own. The quality and star status of several of Diamond Management’s clients speaks for itself, if you have a choice Diamond Management is representation with a top agent, respected in the industry and testament to how good a job she does is the fact that she can afford to remain independent.

      Wednesday 16th October 2013, 12:18 am Reply
  155. Jon Snow

    Hi everyone,

    It is a great pleasure to have found that London acting agencies blog.
    I am a French actor, and i was wondering how it works for foreigner actors to get represented.
    I have checked all these agencies’s websites, i recognized some French actors (some famous, others not really but all represented by a French agency, which i am not), not all of them have English acting training, so how are my chances to get attention?
    I am a trained actor (classical theater, acting on camera, casting directors workshops…etc) I mostly had lead roles but in students or independants short movies. I almost done with my demo reel (some projects i did in English some in French).
    Do you think i have to put only my English parts in my demo reel for English agencies?or can i put some French parts?

    Thank you for your attention,

    Best regards,

    Jon Snow

    PS : I apologize for any mistakes i have made, still working on my English! Merci!

    Wednesday 13th November 2013, 10:56 pm Reply
  156. Joseph Benjamin

    Hi i am an Actor and a Tv presenter in Nigeria, i am hoping to break new grounds. I want to know what the possibilities are, of getting a good talent agency that can take me on. Please, do you have any suggestions,i have looked through some of the ones listed. I do not know which i should approach, i am in the Uk every now and then. Please some pointers and referrals will be good, thank you.

    Saturday 16th November 2013, 9:40 am Reply
  157. katie

    Hi guys
    Im moving to london from australia and am looking for an agency!
    Ive done a fair bit of tv and film work here in australia (commercials, short films and tv series) any suggestions of where to get started?
    my agent here has some contacts she can hook me up with but i just thought id get some other suggestions :)…
    any help would be greatly appreciated

    Monday 18th November 2013, 9:18 am Reply
    • Rio

      Hey Katie,

      I just did the same thing and am still learning the ropes too! I bought both Contacts and The Actors Yearbook, which both list a bunch of agencies and ways of contacting them. Also, for classes and a bit of ‘community’, I joined The Actors Centre in the city and do some classes there.
      Perhaps try out these things and see how they work for you!

      Monday 25th November 2013, 10:30 am Reply
  158. Monika Ksobiak

    Have anyone heard of BDiscovered? They seems lovely, but I just want to double check if they are truly genuine?

    Sunday 24th November 2013, 12:38 am Reply
  159. Rio

    Hello,

    I noticed some people writing in this thread are with or have contacted Bloomfields. I want to submit my material to them for representation, but have read in The Actors Yearbook and online that a name/direct contact is good to have. Would anyone know the direct contact to Bloomfields?

    Thank you very much for your help!

    Rio

    Monday 25th November 2013, 10:26 am Reply
  160. Tom Baines

    Hey Guys,

    My good friend Allen, has told me he has a meeting a with an agent he believes to be one of the best in the UK, they are called Tavistock Wood Management, however I haven’t heard anything about them before! Does know if they are any good?

    T x

    Monday 25th November 2013, 9:29 pm Reply
  161. PB

    Hello,

    I’m happy to have found all these comments about agencies. I’m actually looking for a talent agency to do an internship or to get work experience as I hope to become a talent agent. Do you have any advice on how to start?

    Thank you!

    Thursday 28th November 2013, 7:22 pm Reply
  162. Chloe Dunne

    Hi,
    I’m a teenage girl and i would really want to cast in the new hunger games: mocking jay; weather its extra work, a small role or even bigger if you have any advice on agents or contacts it would be much appreciated,
    Thank you!:)

    Sunday 1st December 2013, 8:06 pm Reply
  163. Jane

    Hi! Great list and interesting discussion. I have a question some of you may be able to help with…

    My husband has recently finished work as one of the cast on a very big budget movie – a non speaking role, but he had some solo scenes and close ups and was in a lot of the filming. I guess about no. 15 on the cast list. He was not considered an ‘extra’ – he had his own double, his own stunt guy, his own trailer etc…This is his first experience in front of the camera. He was working off set building props for the film and chosen by the director because he had the right look. (Very fortuitous I know!) He is used to performing, being a musician, and was very comfortable in front of the camera. The director and main cameraman (both Academy Awards winners and huge names in the industry), both personally complimented him on his work and said how the camera loved him. He actually ended up with a larger role than intended as he worked so well in front of camera.

    Asking the other actors how to get more roles, their advice was mainly to get a good agent. Which makes me wonder – who should he start with? Someone on this list? Someone else? He really has a certain look that would make him perfect for certain roles and hopeless at others. He is not trained as an actor and speaks English with a European accent – so versatility is not a strong selling point. But he has proven himself and would be great in certain roles. He also now has a strong credit and some connections with some of the best in the industry.

    What he would like is similar movie work – possibly speaking if the character would fit. I know this is a notoriously difficult and competitive industry to try and break into, but it would be nice if this would lead onto some more work now he has a foot in the door. Should we wait before the film is released before approaching agents, or try straight away now that the filming has finished? He doesn’t have any on set photos, but could get a couple of stills from one of the crew. Also I guess he would need a couple of professional headshots. And most importantly, would agents take him seriously, and who to approach??! Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.

    Tuesday 17th December 2013, 12:56 pm Reply
  164. Bethanie

    Hello.

    I was wondering if Robert Kelly Associates is a good agency. I’m a 15 year old female from the south west ( just outside wales) and i was wondering if they would except me even though i live a few hours away from London. I was cast when i was a few months old in a film which was filmed in my local town. I also took up Drama lessons for 2 years, and have been cast with the productions that they do as various main roles.

    Do you think i should send my CV, Covering letter and my head shot off to them in the next few weeks and would they want me because of my inexperience as an actress.

    Thank you for your time, Bethanie xx

    Sunday 22nd December 2013, 8:23 pm Reply
    • Dan

      Beth

      When I was searching for an agent I called Robert Kelly Associates and actually spoke to Robert Kelly himself. He rudely cut me off mid introduction and asked me what TV credits I had. When I told him my credits he told me they weren’t good enough for him and hung up.

      Tuesday 4th February 2014, 11:42 pm Reply
  165. Manrina

    What a fantastic thread! So glad that my friend directed me to it!

    Monday 30th December 2013, 12:47 am Reply
  166. John

    Hello Guys,

    I am in the acting profession myself, and a agent called MONDI ASSOCIATES it is a international acting agency that represents children and adults of all ages, it works extremely hard for all of its Artists to give them the best chance with there careers!

    Monday 13th January 2014, 5:22 pm Reply
  167. JPL

    Hello,

    I was wondering if any of you know about finding a job or an internship in a talent agency. Is it as difficult as it seems? I would like to become a talent agent at some point but first I need to gain a little bit of experience. Do any of you have any advice for me?

    Thank you and great post+comments!

    Monday 27th January 2014, 5:26 pm Reply
  168. Willy Laury

    Hello
    I just moved to London from NYC to start my own contemporary dance and production company called The Wrio Production. I would like to find representation for myself as a performer and also find representation for my company.
    how would you go about it and whom do you think I should reach out to?

    thank you for your help and feedback.

    Monday 3rd February 2014, 9:53 am Reply
  169. Deju Maria Adelina

    Hey :) To attend at a acting audition I must have necessary British citizenship ?

    Monday 3rd February 2014, 12:46 pm Reply
  170. Lottie

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for posting this. It is such a useful post and really informative. I’m looking to enter the talent agency industry and I’m an aspiring agent. I’m looking at applying for internship jobs at several agencies – what’s the best route to go down in order to achieve this? Should I contact the agents themselves or their assistants? Or is there a more practical route into the industry?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Lottie

    Monday 3rd February 2014, 1:39 pm Reply
    • PLBH

      Hello Lottie,

      I’m in the same situation as you. I’m looking for an internship in a talent agency. How is your search going?

      Monday 17th February 2014, 2:12 am Reply
  171. Claudia

    Hello!
    I am 19 years old and after finishing sixth form have decided to defer university/drama school to try and see if I have potential to find work in the acting world.
    I have been apart of a theatre school for 11 years and have just achieved my grade 7 LAMDA exam at distinction level but haven’t had much professional experience and so my CV is looking rather thin!
    Can you recommend any agencies for someone of my low experience?
    Also if there any other way to catch agencies attention/make myself stand out in my CV despite my lack of experience?
    Any advice you may have to further my ambition of making something of myself in the acting world would be highly appreciated!
    Thank you!

    Tuesday 4th February 2014, 12:13 am Reply
  172. Courtnie

    would it be a good idea for a teenage budding singer to try a agent?
    Courtnie M.

    Monday 10th February 2014, 6:00 pm Reply
  173. Mitch

    hi, im from Australia and im moving to the London, and i have done a few acting courses within my school and social join ups.
    im moving to the UK with a dream of becoming a Movie Star..

    any ideas??

    Monday 17th February 2014, 3:41 am Reply
    • PLBH

      Hello Mitch,

      I wanted to ask you why are you coming to the UK to become an actor? How is the talent industry in Australia? I thought it would be easier to do it there.

      Tuesday 25th February 2014, 4:45 pm Reply
  174. Mitch

    hi
    so im moving to london with a dream of becoming a movie star..
    i live in australia at the moment and i fly to london next month.
    i have done acting classes and drama classes and a few shows within my school.
    i was wondering if anyone had any ideas for me in london?
    and who i should see??
    thanks in advance :)

    Monday 17th February 2014, 3:44 am Reply
  175. Emma

    Hello,

    I’ve been looking around at different agencies and looking at the ones i’d want to apply too. I’ll be getting headshots done soon but what types of things should you include in the showreel. I have been in many theatre productions etc. so I’m wondering which agencies are most likely to take me.
    I would some day like to end up with having an agent from WME but for now , who do you think will get me the best jobs, and is it worth a shot applying to the big agencies or not?

    Thank you!!

    Monday 17th February 2014, 7:50 pm Reply
  176. Mario

    Hi everyone,

    First of all, most common sense comments and constructive observations are from Vesper Black. Good and famous actors have feeling, inside, independent views and thinking out of the box. U can have all the schools, trying for last 20 years, than a guy comes from nowhere with a vibe , look and personality , and he will act with wold top movie actors. Maybe he was a thief, or whatever, but his power to be whatever at any moment, it is a propelling element.

    I have seen it, an actor, not famous at all. Just one movie but by some chances or probably her agent work,in next movie is already acting with Al Pacino. Picked from 100s…

    And there was another comment from some , a lady I think, saying that your casting moment should be as the first and last one in your life!! means u have to be better and more determine than all few millions people willing to pay much higher price than you.U have to be willing to die there on the spot, but few are ready to surrender so deep. Stop being in illusion if some thinks in his head, nah, I have talent and they will spot me and I will become a movie star, no way!

    My personal opinion is, a few have luck, most of if u need very, very hard work and pay the price. If not you, than one of those millions eagerly waiting will do it.

    Tuesday 18th February 2014, 10:35 pm Reply
    • PLBH

      Interesting comment. I think the most important thing to be a good actor and get jobs is to have the “it” factor. Charisma and talent are the key.

      Tuesday 25th February 2014, 4:49 pm Reply
  177. Elizabeth

    This might be a stupid question, but is there any age that you have to be or most common age to go to these kind of agencies??

    Thank you

    Tuesday 25th February 2014, 7:18 am Reply
  178. Brandon H

    Hi, I am 16 years old and am in sixth form.

    I live in Wolverhampton and as far as I can see I cant find much opportunities for me to show my potential as an actor. Acting has always been a passion for me from a young age, in primary school I always wanted to act and always wanted that lead role, when I started in secondary school my drama teachers said they were amazed at what I could do at such a young age and even said told me to audition for NYT before the minimum age, but obviously I was too young.

    I was part of the school production and was cast the lead role for 3 of the 4 years, the productions where held at a professional theatre in front of a live audience, and many people had congratulated me on my acting.

    I am at the stage now where I would love to follow my passion and become a film and tv actor, I can do a range of accents like American, Australian, Irish, Scottish and others, and I feel that I have the potential and ambition to go far, but as I said there are not many opportunities in Wolverhampton. Also because of my family’s financial difficulties I think I would find it hard to travel to London and pay for drama schools etc…

    all my performances have been recorded but the most recent one is 2 years ago because I am now too old to participate in the school productions, so I may not have a showreel, but I have been looking for different theatre groups to help get some more performance experience.

    I have been looking at many different agencies but do not know how to approach them.

    I believe that I could become a successful actor because I am determined and passionate, and I think I have the potential.

    So all I am asking is that you can give me helpful advice in my current situation, all advice will be thought about thoroughly, even if it is a criticism.

    I would really appreciate it if you can help me.

    Thank You, Brandon H

    Friday 28th February 2014, 6:35 pm Reply
  179. Brandon

    Hi I’m 16 years old and in sixth form at a school in Wolverhampton.

    I have wanted to act from an early age and it has been my passion for a good number of years, at primary school I always wanted to act, always wanted to be on stage and always wanted that lead role. I believe that I have the potential, passion and determination to make it far in the world of acting.

    when I went to my secondary school my drama teachers said there were amazed with my talent in acting and was talking about NYT when I was in year 7, they wanted me to go but I was obviously too young. I have been cast in the lead roles for my school productions for 3 of the 4 years I have auditioned for it, and it is performed at a professional theatre in-front of a live audience, I was also the youngest person to get the lead role.

    I am at that stage where I believe I can start my acting career and try and make my dream of being a film actor a reality, I know it wont be as easy, but as I said I believe I have the determination and skill to go far.

    I have been looking at different agencies but the problem is that I font know how to approach them and also I may be unable to travel to London due to my family’s financial problems at the moment, but I am willing to do whatever it takes.

    All I am asking is that you can give me some advice about agents and stuff like that. All advice will be taken on board even if it is negative or a criticism.

    Thank You, Brandon

    Sunday 2nd March 2014, 9:57 am Reply
  180. Joe

    I was an actor until the age of 15 I have appeared in many TV shows, Doctor who, Little Britain, The Bill and so on but i am finding it very difficult to get back into it? Is there any way to approach this?

    Many thanks

    Joe P

    Monday 10th March 2014, 8:15 pm Reply
  181. Joe

    I was an actor until the age of 15 I have appeared in many TV shows, Doctor who, Little Britain, The Bill and so on but i am finding it very difficult to get back into it? Is there any way to approach this?

    Many thanks

    Joe P

    Monday 10th March 2014, 8:16 pm Reply
  182. Annon

    Hi, looking for some advice I am with one of the agencies you mentioned I have been with them a long time I worked quite regularly up until 2008 I took a sabatical until 2013 since then I have struggled to get work and am probably only going on 5 or 6 auditions per year! I’m thinking of leaving but am I kidding myself slightly will I struggle to get representation and as I’m with what is considered a top agency should I stuck it out with them?

    All advices greatly appreciated
    Confused

    Saturday 15th March 2014, 10:48 am Reply
  183. andre dixon

    Do you know of any showcases where these agents and other frequently go to and sign new talent.

    Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:31 pm Reply
  184. Steven

    From working in the industry 20 years I would add Diamond Management to the ‘top 11 list’, big names, young and old, and all working. Very impressive agency…

    Monday 24th March 2014, 11:54 pm Reply
  185. LPM

    Hi

    Fantastic Thread! Was wondering if anyone knows anything about The Academy for The Science of Acting or The Kogan Academy for Dramatic Arts as they’re now called? They seem to have a heavy Stanislavski influence.

    Thanks for any feedback :)

    Friday 28th March 2014, 3:26 pm Reply
  186. Mr.M

    Hi All! Fantastic thread! Just wanted to ask if anybody knew anything about The Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts or The Academy for The Science of Acting as it was called? Appreciate anything anybody knows about em, Thanks :)

    Friday 28th March 2014, 3:42 pm Reply
  187. PLBH

    Has anyone ever heard of TCG artist management agency?

    Friday 28th March 2014, 8:02 pm Reply
  188. Sally Meyer

    I am a writer from the USA and I am involved in a project that will shoot in the Cotswolds in the fall.

    We are looking for two actors in their 60′s – 80′s for the lead roles. As I’m in the US, I don’t know any good talent agencies.

    Any advice as to where I can put a casting notice, or list of agencies in that area, that I might contact regarding this short film.

    my email is forsallymeyer@aol.com

    Wednesday 23rd April 2014, 3:39 am Reply
  189. Cerys.S

    Hello. I am currently a teenage student that is attending college in Wales at the moment and I am studying a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Drama. I am currently on my first year of the course. Also, I am looking into attending a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class so this will help improve my skills slightly. I have been wanting to act since I was a little girl and also since I saw my first action/horror film. It would be a dream come true for me if I were able to achieve my goal but the questions I have are, Do I have to attend a drama school before signing to an agency? Do I have to be a certain age to sign up? Plus, Is it better to start acting whilst I’m a teen (I’ll be seventeen in June) or should I start when I’m an adult?

    Thanks for reading and I’ll look forward to getting a response.

    Cerys.S

    Sunday 27th April 2014, 3:50 am Reply
  190. olivia

    I can say all the above are great and troika, i would strongly avoid RKA, as they are not professionally run but each actor has different experiences with different people. Go and see what you like and if you get a good vibe.

    Thursday 1st May 2014, 6:01 pm Reply
  191. NO MERCI

    i will bring you to King’s justice!!

    Sunday 18th May 2014, 4:55 am Reply
  192. lucy

    hi, anyone knows if The Artists Partnership is a good agency?

    they claim to have Emily Blunt as one of their client, (although in this article she’s under the list of Ken McCreddie) i really dont know which is the real case :S

    Sunday 18th May 2014, 6:03 am Reply
  193. Manrina

    Hi All,

    I have now moved from London to Atlanta (USA) as my husbands job moved us here. There is a film scene out here and I am applying to agents. I can attend auditions without a work visa but need the visa to work and need a job to be granted the visa. I am going through the process but does anyone have any advice for me as a British actor now living in the USA and looking to work as an actor in TV or film?

    Monday 26th May 2014, 8:28 pm Reply
  194. chloe m

    hey,just asking if you have any jobs for under 12,thx

    Wednesday 28th May 2014, 3:24 pm Reply
  195. chloe m

    hey do you have any jobs for under 12

    Wednesday 28th May 2014, 3:25 pm Reply
  196. Chizzy

    Why haven’t i stumbled across this discussion thread all these years!!! This could have saved me money and years!!! Does anyone know of any incoming auditions in London?

    Saturday 31st May 2014, 2:33 pm Reply
  197. JoJo

    Does anybody know much about Felix De Wolfe agency? Can’t see them mentioned here but would like to know a bit more about them and anybody’s experiences with them :-)

    Monday 9th June 2014, 4:44 pm Reply
  198. Alex

    Hello anyone with some advice for me,

    If you have little acting experience and a full-time job, what is the best way to get into acting?

    I know of only a handful of agencies, but would prefer to take any advice anyone is willing to offer rather than entering into it aimlessly.

    Thanks in advance!

    Alex

    Monday 23rd June 2014, 2:42 pm Reply
  199. Sonia

    Hi there.
    I am a 26 year-old Portuguese girl who arrived in London 4 months ago. I have ben working as an au pair ever since but now since I have some free time I thought about singing myself up in some model/commercial agency also because I was with an agency in Portugal although I didn’t made a lot of jobs….The things is that here in London is very hard to see if an agency is for real or just scam. For exemple I sent some pictures to Apple models and they called me saying I was very good looking, my height is amazing bla bla bla and they want to make a test with m, so I would had to take some pictures ( with a very famous photographer as they said) and I would have to pay a deposit before the shooting session and they needed the 8 numbers of my credit card!!! Of course I didn’t gave them anything…..Today I went for an interview in Fusion Management and they said the same thing, I am very good looking bla bla bla an they want to represent me with the pictures that I have now but I need to pay an amount of 100£ for them to represent me for a year and as they say I am not a professional yet….I would like to know your opinion about this agency and If I should pay this money? Are they good? will I really get jobs after thy sing me in?I have search on the internet and a lot of sites and blogs say they are legit….
    Thank you.

    Wednesday 23rd July 2014, 12:05 am Reply
  200. Larry

    What do you guys think of identity drama school? Also Michaeljohn Gonzalez acting academy?

    Tuesday 29th July 2014, 2:36 am Reply
  201. Paula

    Does anyone know if fusion management is the same as fusion fame,
    My daughter has been offered a contract their but want to make sure it is OK for her.
    If fusion management a reputable agency
    Thanks

    Thursday 28th August 2014, 4:24 pm Reply
  202. Rod c smith

    Like to see international casting connect on a global scale.i am an Australian actor who is seeking work .

    Wednesday 10th September 2014, 8:44 am Reply
  203. Rod c smith

    Like to see casting agents in Uk to be international . I am Australian seeking work

    Wednesday 10th September 2014, 8:50 am Reply
  204. Kristiana

    Hello,

    I’m really interested in knowing about casting agencies and if any of them work internationally. Also about signing up with an agency even though I’m not from the UK?

    Sunday 5th October 2014, 10:03 pm Reply
  205. Roosty

    Hi All,

    Has anyone had any experience of On It Artists agency based in London. They appear to have a number of people on their books and have been around for about 4 or 5 years, but I didn’t see any mention of them in any of the blogs.

    Let me know.
    Thanks.

    Monday 13th October 2014, 1:26 pm Reply
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