A Handbook for Hollywood, Part 1 of 3: An insider’s guide on how to land the perfect agent

You may be asking, “Who is this guy? And what does he know about getting an agent?” Before I answer that question let me begin this part of my blog series, A Handbook for Hollywood by first stating that the biggest mistake any actor can ever make is thinking that there is such a thing as a “nobody.”

Allow me to start by introducing myself. My name is Drew. Nowadays many people know me as “The Glickster.” Years ago I was just like you; hungry and desperate to break into the business. Strangely, I found myself wearing many hats. These included everything from a stunt performer to an occasional actor, writer, producer and, even, editor. No matter what I did was never content with what I was. I am proud to say that I did earn my SAG-AFTRA card and my IATSE card. Yet, in 2012 I withdrew from both unions because I had come to realize they were robbing me blind, and not to mention that I was booking far more work without them then I ever did with them (the unions, I mean).

However, as time went on I finally found my true calling – a commercial video editor and writer. Today, I live a fruitful life doing what I love and even earned the nickname, “The Awesome Video Editor.” I have worked for many well known and established organizations such as Hasbro, NueLion, Inc, Watson Headquarters, OMGossip.tv, Wetpaint.tv, The Tea, AML Academy, Rock Your Mind and many more. I have also edited demo reels for actors who you can now see on major network television shows (just check my IG to find out for yourself). I have even had the grand pleasure of working as a Red Carpet Camera Operator and covered such events including: The Elysium Gala, World Dog Day, The Young Messiah Film Premiere, A Trip to Unicorn Island YouTube Red Premiere, “Friends Reunion” and many others.

I have also produced an array of short films (though none you have ever heard of…yet). I have even written best selling novels that are in consideration for film deals. So, I ask you who are you going to listen to? A guy trying to pretend to be successful or a guy that is successful? Go on YouTube if you like but you won’t find any of what I am about to tell there…unless you pay for it, that is.

Getting started in Hollywood is simple enough. All you really need is a professional headshot, a decent website, a few minor credits on IMDb, and a SAG franchised agent. Wait! A SAG what? Yes, you read right – a SAG franchised agent. Now, why SAG franchised you ask? Why else? To get your SAG card, of course! However, within this statement lies a conundrum. Is is possible to get a SAG agent without first getting a SAG card? But, if so then how do you get a SAG card without a SAG franchised agent? Sounds like a catch 22 doesn’t it?

The reality is that it seems as if everyone is an agent these days. But, those agents who are not affiliated with SAG are pulling the wool over your eyes. A non-franchised agent is nothing more then a glorified headhunter. Essentially, they are doing what you do day in and day out – search Craigslist and similar sites for leads. You may book one or two mundane jobs this way but you will never truly reach your full potential as an actor. However, that’s not to say that occasionally there aren’t legimate casting calls on Craigslist but if so the odds are they are “rush” calls and submitting to it will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. In other words everyone and their mother is submitting to the casting call at the exact same moment you are which in turn makes your odds of booking it damn near impossible.

You want to know if I have an agent, is that it? I mean in all fairness how can I possibly help you land an agent if I couldn’t, right?  To answer your question – yes, I do have an agent, or rather did (I don’t need one currently). Who was it? CESD, to be exact. Maybe you’ve heard of them? For two years I called the lovely Lakey Wolf my agent (at the time I went under my stage name of Drew Evans not Drew Glick. I say that just to avoid and discepencies).

Lakey is awesome! It was because of her I ended up on national T.V. shows like The John McEnroe Show as a principal stunt performer, and earned my SAG card. I bet you want to know how I did, huh? How could a 22 year old kid successful book one of today’s most sought after agencies? I’ll answer those questions and more next time.