Finding the right agent who gets you the right acting gigs is a daunting task. But it is the key to your successful acting career. Walid Chaya is a well-recognized creative consultant who offers private career consultation and also teaches many acting and business courses at his acting studio, Studio For Performing Arts LA. His background in the film and television industry as an established actor, director, and producer has granted him the experience and skill necessary to solve the common issues of aspiring actors who struggle with finding the right talent agent.
Walid coaches emerging actors, equips them with tools that they need to approach agents, and provides the platforms to get introduced to industry networks and help connect them to the finest casting directors, talent agents, and personal managers.
The three strategies for actors to find an agent he swears by are:
1. Cold Mailing & Emails
Pursuing agents through cold mails and emails is the first strategy that Walid asks aspiring actors to polish and follow religiously. He teaches them how it is done and constantly reminds them to put themselves in the shoes of the busy agent who is receiving many messages from unknown actors. Walid shares a key point, his special formula to writing a short and captivating cover letter, as many times actors struggle to receive replies due to the content they have submitted. Walid also discusses what to include with submissions and when and how to follow-up for increased results. Effective networking requires empathizing with others while drawing up an opportunity for yourself.
2. Acting Studio Showcases & Masterclasses
Another great way to get an agent is to participate in acting showcases and masterclasses. Opting for reputable organizations that produce professional-level programs with quality access to industry professionals is necessary to get noticed by legit sources. Walid’s acting school, Studio For Performing Arts LA, offers trustworthy educational programs with Hollywood’s most popular entertainment VIPs available online and in Los Angeles.
3. Performances & Referrals
Referrals and Performances can help vouch for your work quality, ethics, and talent, massively opening doors for you. All your comrades and professionals who can see your work, like a writer, producer or casting director, can then refer you and aid you in approaching the right agent, or even better, directly consider you for a role. Walid offers private career consultations online for strategy sessions and can personally refer prepared actors to industry VIPs.
So, if you are ready for acting representation and are looking out for your talent agent or personal manager, then look no further and book some time with the expert, Walid Chaya himself.
Walid is known for giving back to actors and at times offers complimentary webinars, including “3 Ways To Find An Agent,” where he further discusses the three aforementioned strategies live on Zoom and participants can engage with Walid in a dynamic question and answer session following the lecture. Many of his clients and mentees signed with their first agent or manager after working with Walid and taking his guidance.
Find more about multipotentialite Walid Chaya, his upcoming events and services on his website.