Like most voice talent, I've currently got a handful of agents who keep me fairly busy on a weekly basis with auditions. Most of these auditions are for commercial work. While my goal is to build my commercial portfolio, I truly believe that my strengths lie in narration (audio books) and promo. Here's the question: how do I find an agent or two who book a lot of business in these areas? Do I want to be represented by the biggest and baddest booking agents when it comes to narration and promo or am I better off working with an agent who specializes in these areas but won't make me feel like a small fish in a big pond? Does anyone out there know who the "gold standard" agencies are when it comes to booking for narration and promo?? Thanks in advance for your responses. I need help!! :)
Gee it took a long time to get to this questions: Agents seldom book audio book gigs. Your best resource is the new site owned by Amazon and Audible, ACX, Audio Book creation Exchange. It's free. go there. Choose books. Audition. Then forget it and see who chooses you. Some are royalty share. Some pay money. Agents seldom book narrations either. They mostly book commercials. Hope this helps.
Recently, a friend in the biz told me he doesn't even "talk about" involvement with audiobooks with his agents. His agents think books take too much time and hurt their business as agents cause the talents don't want to voice other things...just mostly books...and agents don't get commissions off book work. Well, I know there are some agents who book audio book voicings. Mostly on the coasts. I had one Dallas agent quite awhile ago who booked a non-ficition book for me but it doesn't happen often. Most books you get for yourself. Of course, I'm SAG AFTRA sp that also means I have to negotiate that too (a stipend).