I'm a non-union VO actor who currently does not have a home studio - hoping to be able to afford setting one up in the next few months/year, but finances are tight as I only do VO part time and the last year or so I've had very few vo gigs.
But I just signed with my first local agent, a bit over two months ago. As I've never had anyone representing me before, I want to learn from the experience of VO community on this site as to what your experiences with having a local agent have been...
This may be typical of agents, but one thing they made clear in their paperwork when I signed was to basically "leave them alone" and let them do their jobs. This was communicated in a direct, yet appropriate fashion, and I completely understand - it's hard when jobs aren't coming in the door, and I am sure actors think any old reason to get in touch with their agents when the true motivation is to stay in front of them, and as a way of checking in without having to say, "Soo....any work for me?" So I understand this and have been following the rules - I don't want to be a pest, and one of the reasons I signed with a smaller agency is I think there's a greater likelihood that I won't get "lost in the shuffle", like perhaps I would at a larger agency with tons of VO talent. The one I'm at now used to be bigger but now focus on only about 15 voice actors, plus on-camera talent...
Some of my questions:
-What are some ways to strengthen my relationship with my agent, while still respecting their need to focus on their work and not be bugged by actors in need of work (which is all of their clients, I know!)?
-Do you have any experience on how to get your agent to consider you for more auditions?
I've been doing VO work since 2002 so I don't consider myself really new to the game, as I've done a considerable amount of work for many clients, but this year is the first time I've been focusing on networking, trying to really go out and market myself, etc.
-So would it make sense to try to expand and get other representation now, perhaps other state agents, or even national representation, or realistically should I wait until I've got more experience under my belt?
Since I've never had an agent, I want to have correct expectations of what they can and should be doing for me, so that I can evaluate how it's working over time, and consider when and if I should try and expand to sign with other agencies, etc.
Any thoughts or advice would be helpful.