How do I sell myself to talent agents?

I haven't gotten emails back from them much, and I was told before to just keep sending them and call them and just keep at it. But I don't want to come off as too aggressive or desperate. So what's a way to sell myself too them with more than just an email, but with charm, that will make them take me as a client?

Thanks!
 
Not sure how you would best sell them... just for the life of you, don't send them a link back here saying, "My username is h44. See my contribution to the filming society"

Truth be told, if they're not replying, they're probably not interested in you yet.
 
I haven't gotten emails back from them much, and I was told before to just keep sending them and call them and just keep at it. But I don't want to come off as too aggressive or desperate. So what's a way to sell myself too them with more than just an email, but with charm, that will make them take me as a client?

Thanks!

Don't most actors make a reel?

I've made them for people. Get a director friend to help you make a reel. You write the script, he directs and shoots it with you in it. That means *he* directs it, not you. If you can't take direction as an actor, you're either really really good and have won several awards, or you're crappy. So, take direction and do it. Then get an editor to splice together several example scenes from that script, and any others you've been in.
 
Not sure how much interest there is for acting talent in Saskatchewan, Canada?

I know Canada is getting a lot less movies and TV shows than it used to, thanks to other areas now offering better tax incentives. Most of the Canada filming is in Vancouver and Toronto. Saskatchewan is many hundreds of miles from both those locations.

Having a great showreel is what counts.

Be honest with yourself though. Can you act? Many dream of becoming actors but don't have the talent for it. Even with heaps of talent, luck and connections play a huge part.
 
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As an assistant agent from ICM told me, "Show you can attract work by getting jobs on your own first."

There are a lot of small lazy agents who have their talent doing all of the work for them. And, all they do is supply their stationery, say hello to a production company their talent finds, and collect a commission for doing nothing more.

I had an agent as a writer. So, this is first hand experience. Actors in my productions have had the same problem with their agents. So, they tend to keep their agents out of small productions that don't require agents.
 
Okay thanks.

When it comes to sending out my acting resume though, I don't have a lot of projects to put on there. I have two, but neither of them were finished. One was a short film that was never finished and the producer has not given me a copy yet. The other is feature I acted in last year, which I have talked about before, and the producer and director were not able to finish it.

I have been asked to see these movies, but the producers do not give the people access to them, so do I just tell people to contact the producers and ask, or what? I don't think the producers would show them the movie, if they were not willing to give me a copy of what has been completed.

Should I bother to put those on resume, cause if not, I do not really have a lot show so far, but will try to make more of my own shorts. Since I need to act in them, I will continue to look for people who can be behind the camera and operating the sound equipment.

I know that Canada has taken a huge hit with the tax incentive. I am surprised, as if I were a movie producer, I would not put so much faith in a tax incentive, incase the incentive fails, and I am surprised how many businesses relied solely on it.
 
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Okay thanks, for sure. Well I will make my own. Should I do skits where I am speaking myself in the room alone? It's just it might come off as cheesy if an actor is talking to himself in every skit in the reel, so should I just pretend I am looking at other characters as if I am speaking to them, or should I just do skits where I play characters who are out of their minds slightly, and are talking to themselves, even though they are alone?
 
Okay thanks, for sure. Well I will make my own. Should I do skits where I am speaking myself in the room alone?

Get the footage. Make a reel, include that with your resume. Keep the producers out of the discussion.

That means get the footage. Keeping the producers out means you don't tell people to contact them (referring to your previous question), not that you don't secure and use the footage.
 
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