finding an agent

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    Aug 20, 2009 11:51 AM GMT
    Okay all you professional actors, musicians, writers and artists.... how do you find an agent?

    I've got a little song writing hobby going on here. Had it for many years. Every once in a blue moon I take leave of my senses and consider the possibility of getting an agent to see if any of my songs can be marketed. I honestly have no idea how to start looking for an agent, how the whole process works, and if it is a larger commitment than someone like me should be making.

    Any experience you are willing to share would be great.

    Thanks,
    Adam


    PS--Sorry that this has nothing to do with fitness.
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    Aug 20, 2009 1:34 PM GMT
    Here's my advice, because I've done it. Produce and publish your own works. Don't let someone else decide if what you do is good or bad, let an audience decide. I've self-published a book, a song, and two documentaries. One made it to PBS.

    I completely HATE gatekeepers, the one or two people who think they are a good judge of what sells, and prevent a lot of VERY talented works from ever reaching market.

    Sing your song and get it on Youtube, or have someone with a good voice sing it.

    Though I am not completely happy with the guitar arrangement, here is the song I wrote for the credit roll of the wrestling documentary, and you can hear a bit of the totally hot guy who sang it.

    http://www.wrestlingfilm.com/holdonme.htm
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    Aug 20, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
    -Well usually what you want to do is record your songs at a recording studio. It's not that expensive as it seems. Depending on how many times you have to record though lol.

    -Send your recordings to a recording company.To see if they like you and your songs.

    Songwriters usually start off as singers(not all of them become super stars) but enough to get their foot through the door.

    Then you have to Network Network Network Network Network Network.

    It's not simple at all. It's a pretty hardcore and dirty business.


    My best advice is use Google and ask your local singers also.
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    Aug 20, 2009 2:47 PM GMT
    DIY or DIE
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    Aug 20, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    Let Jonathan Coulton be your guiding star.
  • calibro

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    Aug 20, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    At least from a writer's perspective, agents are kinda antiquated. it certainly depends on your genre. But say anything but fiction, agents don't represent anyone except people who have already been established. Commonly, to get published in those forms, you have to win a prize with your manuscript and a university press or the such will publish it. In terms of fiction, there are agents, but most only gravitate toward MFAers, particularly Iowa, Columbia, and Irvine.