Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if an agency is legitimate?
Check whether the agency is licensed by calling Texas Department of Licensing and
An agency should have its license posted in the reception area.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Austin, Texas 78701
Toll-Free (in Texas): 800-803-9202
Relay Texas-TDD: (800)
How do I know if I have talent?
Do you think you have talent?
What is the best city to
be in if I want to be a professional actor?
The one where you have a steady job, a roof over your head, and food on the table.
Is it ever too late - or early - to get into the business?
Where can I find acting coaches and classes/workshops?
Check with your agent for an acting and/or modeling coach.
What is the difference between
headshots and comp cards?
are photographs of your face in a certain size and format and according to your agent. Comp cards are a variety of "posed"
photographs similar to what you'd see in magazines and catalogs.
Do children need headshots?
Not if they are under 3 yrs old.
Most agencies that work with children need only good quality snapshots.
How do I find a photographer?
Ask your agent and fellow actors
How much should I pay for headshots?
I don't have much on my
resume. Is that ok?
Agents mostly want to see that you have had formal acting training and at times Clients will look at experience or training.
How do I find an agent, and if they are any good?
Talk to other actors that are being represented by them. Check
with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations to see if there have been any complaints about them.
Make your own judgments.
How much do agents charge for representation?
NOTHING. Agents take a
commission of your earnings.
What do agents look for in new
Generally, 1) professional photos (talk to your agent before doing a photo shoot) 2) some formal
acting training 3) a good attitude and
the desire to get into the business
Do I need a demo reel?
Not if you are new to the industry but it helps to have a performance
reel. A demo reel is a great marking tool for seasoned actors
How do I
find a good monologue?
There are books full of monologues for all ages and types. An acting coach should
be able to help you pick one as well.