Even if you're
a dancer, get an acting agent. In fact, if you're an athlete, get
an acting agent. Even rockers, rappers, and punkers get acting agents.
Why? It's because so many other careers segway perfectly into acting.
Many times a person who is strictly an actor lacks the true skills
that are required to play a role or sell a product, because in order
to lend authenticity to a certain role or commercial advertisement,
the people who appear in it cannot just be
"acting" like they're doing it. The action has to be real. That's
where trained dancers, athletes, and professional musicians come
Granted, many people feel as though they have no real need to get
an acting agent if their originally chosen career is flourishing,
and they choose to do so only after they have already achieved some
level of fame and success doing what they do best, perhaps not even
realizing that they have acting talent, or that an acting agent may
take an interest in them because of the other skills and abilities
that they have.
The job of an acting agent is to search for roles that match up with
your look and abilities, and submit you for auditions and casting
calls for these rolls. Nearly every production has some requirement
for people with a specific talent: a skateboarder, a guitar player,
a tennis player. Which one are you? An acting agent can help you
get connected with these roles.