Be sure to only send your photos to agencies that accept your particular type of actor. There is no sense in submitting photos to male acting agencies if you are a female actor and vice versa. You are just wasting your time and the agency’s time. You also run the risk of developing a reputation for being unattentive.
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As tempting as it may be to tell agents how long you have dreamed of becoming a actor and the rest of your life story, all they want to know are the basic facts, which are:
- Your Name
- Measurements (bust, waist, and hips for women, and waist and jacket size for men)
- Current Location
- Contact Information (phone numbers, email address)
- Citizenship (where your passport was issued)
- Agencies currently representing you, if any
When sending your photos by email be sure to include all of this information in your email. If you are mailing your photos it is important to have this information on the back of each and every photo. That way, if your photos get separated from each other or your cover letter, then the agents will know who you are and how to contact you.
If you are sending your photos by email, be sure they are not too large. 1MB per photo should be the maximum, 500 KB is better. If your photos are too large, they can take too long to download and your email could end up being deleted before your photos are reviewed.
Do not send your photos in a zip file and do not send a link to your personal website. No one wants a virus on their computer, so agents will probably not open the file or click the link.
Take the time to address each agency individually in your email or cover letter. For example, begin your letter or email with “Dear ABC Agency.”
Never send out a generic mass email with the email addresses of numerous agencies listed in the “CC” section of the email. No one likes to think they weren’t your first choice and that goes double for agents. It’s also very unprofessional.