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“Your journey to better representation starts by talking to us.
Approaching agents and managers can be daunting – we’re the middle-man you’ve been waiting for. We want to get to know you, and help you understand exactly how the market works in your city and how best to fine-tune your online presence to make powerful agents and managers not just sit up and take notice, but fight each other to sign you.
It all begins with a consultation…”
Ryan J-W Smith, The Talent Scout CEO & Artist
The Talent Scout Referral Service
Sean Gilvary – Talent Scout Referral Client in L.A.
Before we go into detail, we’ll let one of our recent clients explain how The Talent Scout can help invited actors find great representation. After years of expenditure into mailouts and showcases – with no success – established San Francisco theatre actor, Sean Gilvary, discovered The Talent Scout and immediately booked a Career Consultation. We thought Sean was great – talented, respectful and appreciative. So, shortly after the consultation we offered him our revered Referral Service. Now he has signed with an exceptional talent manager in L.A.
The Artist’s Dilemma
Having worked on both sides of the casting table for over 20 years, we know the artist’s dilemma well. You want amazing representation with agents and managers who recognize and admire your talent, have the contacts and determination, and can get you the work you deserve. But how do you get them?
Getting your headshot, resume and showreel seen can be like getting blood out of a stone. Add to that the expense of printing up headshots, letters, resumes, buying envelopes and stamps – plus the time involved in researching agents, writing letters and sending everything out… Even having done all that, there’s no guarantee that any of the agents you write to will even open your package, let alone view it or want to meet you.
Showcases might be a good idea, but quite often the agents, managers and casting directors who attend showcases are paid to be there. In those cases, it’s hard for an actor to be sure that any industry attending is genuinely interested in finding great talent. That aside, showcases can only host so many agents and managers in their venues, and agents and managers often do not have the time to travel to, and sit through, them. As such, showcases often result in little to no interest – but the actor has already paid for the showcase, with no offer of a refund, even if they receive no interest from agents or managers attending.
Electronic Submission Services?
Really great way to annoy agents and managers and get you blacklisted from their agency – mass email them your unsolicited submission, over and over and over. These services are cheap, get little response, and guarantee nothing for a reason.
The Talent Scout Solution
As the world’s most renowned talent scout, with over 20 years of experience, agents, managers and casting directors trust our opinion when it comes to talent. Our industry contacts know and appreciate that our artistic and business standards are exceptionally high. So when we send them someone to look at – they look. Our service is highly selective, however – our contacts only expect the highest quality actors. Therefore, the Referral Service is by invitation only.
A Unique Referral Service
If selected for our Referral Service, we guarantee you will be offered meetings with agents and managers that are hungry to sign you. From your first consultation, we work with you, refining your profile to make you look the best you possibly can before we present you to our industry contacts.
We stand by our unparalleled service. We have a 100% success rate. If we made a mistake and don’t get you signed, we are happy to give you a full refund. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We have never had to make good on our guarantee – every client has been happily signed.
We Love Happy Clients!
“Hi Ryan, Thank you for your help and advice! The agency accepted me… I am enjoying rehearsals – I’m playing the female lead. If you are in London of course you can have a complimentary ticket! xx”Lindsey Readman
“I’ve signed with my new agent! …the meeting went really well… it just felt like a good fit …Once again, thank you Ryan.”Daren Luke Kelly
“My new agent is sending me paperwork to sign. So, job well done, thank you Ryan!”Yuha Pihanen
Empowering the Artist
Usually our clients will receive requests for meetings with several agents and managers, not just one. When several agents or managers want you, suddenly the tables are turned. Agents and managers start fighting over you and it is the artist who finds themselves in a strong bargaining position to negotiate a contract in their favor since they now have several offers at once – and because The Talent Scout referred you, the agents and mangers know it (or at the very least, suspect it).
We’re not lawyers, so we cannot replace legal advice, but we have seen a lot of contracts in our time. Before heading to their lawyers, actors often seek our opinion on the contracts they are being offered. We are happy to share our thoughts as part of our unique Referral Service.
Amazing – where do I sign?
Not so fast, darling, the Referral Service is by invitation only. Step 1 is to book a Career Consultation so we can get to know you – know where you are coming from, where you feel you are and where you want to get to. We’ll also talk to you about how you are running your business, and go through your online profile together and offer expert advice for dramatic improvements so the industry sits up and takes notice of you. From years of experience, we know what our industry contacts love, and what puts them off.
As you’ll see from our client testimonials and case studies, it works like a charm.
Natasha Powell - London
Established British actress, Natasha Powell, has an extensive range of film, television and theatre credits including supporting roles in the #1 British box office smash hit, About Time, directed by Richard Curtis. and the new British comedy, The Magnificent Eleven, written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting).
Natasha approached us looking for help in changing agent in London. Here’s what she had to say after using our Talent Scout Referral Service:
“I was spoilt for choice with agents. After attending 6 out of the 7 meetings offered, I was offered representation from all 6… Thanks so much again, Ryan!”
Claire Ross-Brown - Los Angeles
Claire Ross-Brown is a British actress and singer, and a house-hold name in Denmark. She played the character ‘Claire’ in the Danish sit-com, ‘Klovn‘, the most successful comedy TV show in Danish history. She has been on the cover of magazines such as FHM, Energia and Go Beauty. In 2013-14 Claire was the face of Intraceuticules.
Claire approached us to help her find strong representation in L.A. We quickly got her 7 meetings with top agents and managers and she signed with her top choice. Here’s what she had to say about our Talent Scout Referral Service:
“Ryan, I’m so impressed by what you offer – Not just the meetings in themselves, but the time you took, to talk them over and really help me in making the right decision. This is a really impressive service. I would recommend any actor who wants to succeed using The Talent Scout. They exceeded my expectations!”
Our Success Rate
Talent Scout Referrals resulting in clients gaining meetings
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What the Industry is Saying
A small selection of our industry testimonials
“Ryan’s work and skills in the entertainment industry are invaluable”Ed Asner
“I loved your client. Would definitely like to work with him.”Versa Manos
“Great. Let’s set a meeting for next week.”Andrew Stawiarski
“Many thanks for the referral – your client looks interesting… keep them coming…. great service”Mandy Perryment
“Hi Ryan, Thank you for the recommendation”Gary Reichman
“Thank you Ryan, your client does look interesting”Suzanne Johnston
“I would be interested in meeting your client”Richard Kerner
“Hello Lovely Ryan, so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for thinking of us.”Kelle Bryan
“Thank you for your suggestion. You represent a good service to the industry!”Michael Wallach
“Thanks for your email. We are interested in seeing an application from your client”Sophie Flanagan
“Hi Ryan. We are interested in meeting with your client. Thanks”Nicole Seymour
“Thank you Ryan, I will take a look at your client’s materials”Alex Butler
“He has already achieved so much, but it is obvious to anyone that meets him that Ryan is destined for greatness.”Pj Dulay
“I have just had the loveliest meeting with your client, I think she is fantastic and have offered representation pending her other meetings.”Lauren Dicknson
“I would be happy to set up a meeting with your client… Ryan, thank you very much.”Michael Forman
“Hi Ryan, I would be interested in more info about your client”Alex McLean-Williams
“Is your client looking for a manager?”Josselyne Herman-Saccio
“Your client is welcome to contact me by email”Steven Buchsbaum
“Yes please!”Veronica Jacob
“Ryan, Thanks. I appreciate your recommendations. Please keep them coming! All the best to you!”Oliver Carnay
“Ryan – Thank you for the referral.”Ninna Sexsmith
“Dear Ryan – Thank you. I would be happy to chat to your client in regards possible representation.”Marvin Giles
“It was so great to meet you and your client”Heidi Rotbart
Know it or not, as an artist, you are actually running a small business, with yourself as the product. You already invested in training, headshots, a showreel and a website. Growing your business by investing in essential marketing tools like our highly-prized services should also be a fundamental part of your business plan.
Don’t have a business plan? You need one – you’re a business owner. We can help you create a simple yet effective plan during your consultation. These things work, that’s why successful businesses do them.
Talent Scout Career Consultation Service
Our Career Consultation Service offers unique insights into powerful marketing tools that will maximize your current credits and make the industry take notice of you. It is also essential preparation for our Referral Service – we need to get to know you – and we’ve never met an actor yet that didn’t require our marketing, business and artistic expertise to refine their online presence.
“Dear Ryan, Thank you so very much. I feel empowered and inspired. Your advice makes perfect sense when you spell it out so succinctly and above all it’s perfectly do-able and achievable, you simply have to know what it is you should be doing! Thank you, again.”Emma Taylor
“The consultation was really helpful. I feel stronger and more focused now about what I need to be doing for my acting career. I believe you could be a great guide in this industry for me. Thank you for that.”Kristina Buikaite
“Thank you. A few great ideas to work on. And some obvious things I should have known myself!”Nicola Redman
“Thanks again – I found it invaluable and you certainly seem to know your stuff.”Jim Ewan, Actor
“Hi Ryan, Thank you again for your candid advice, it’s exactly what I’ve needed and now feel I can progress towards really furthering my career. Again massive thank you.”Johnathon Neal
“Really enjoyed the session, full of practical solid advice. Gave me a good awareness of what I need to be doing and of what the evolving industry is looking for to be employable. And it was good to hear from a guy who’s been, and still is, involved in some really interesting original projects.”James Holdsworth
“The session was very good – I now feel strong and specific in what I need to do to make myself look better in the acting industry”Dominic Cannon
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Superlative Quality. Affordable Price.
Some industry pros charge a small fortune for their advice. For example, there is an ex-casting director who runs a company that provides casting director workshops to actors in NYC and LA. She charges a delightful $250 (about £160) for a 45 minute consultation. That’s $312.50 (about £200) per hour. Wow – we know lawyers that charge less.
How much do we charge for a consultation with our CEO – a man who has lived and worked in London, New York and L.A. on both sides of the casting table for over 20 years? For now we charge a mere $99 (£66) for an hour. Less than a third of our friend mentioned above. Hey, we understand that times are tough and you’re probably a struggling artist. You’re also our customer, and it’s our mission to make you happy.
Your right to cancel
Prior to a consultation, we are very happy to provide our customers a ‘cooling off’ period of 7 days within which they may cancel their consultation payment without penalty. After 7 days, unused consultations are not refundable – but they are, of course, still honored! You will get your consultation. And, not that anyone has ever walked away unhappy with their consultation, but we obviously cannot give refunds on consultations given.
“Thank you again for your kind words, you instilled a new sense of determination in me which was greatly needed.”Michelle Cox
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. “If I send you my resume and reel can you give me some free advice?”
No. As the world’s #1 talent scout, you have to understand how busy we are. If we spent all day giving out free advice we would not have any time to serve our paying clients. Please be professional and book a Career Consultation – it’s not like we charge the earth.
Q. “Hey, Talent Scout – I’m a really talented actor! Feel free to refer me to all your contacts. Thanks!”
No. We won’t be doing that. Feel free to book a Career Consultation to start your journey with us.
Q. “Why do I need to book a consultation – I’m so famous / talented – you should want to refer me!”
We don’t know you. We only refer people we know. Book a Career Consultation to get our relationship started.
Q. “I’ve never had an agent or been with any union – can I use the Consultation Service?”
Of course! We’re here to service everyone, from A-list celebs to absolute beginners.
Q. “Besides you considering me for the Referral Service, what else will I gain from a Career Consultation?”
So much! We’ll go through your online profile in detail. You’ll receive experienced feedback on your reel, resume, photos, bio, website, etc. You’ll learn exactly how you are perceived professionally and how to improve that perception for your target city. You can ask us our opinion on big agencies, mid-size agencies, 1-person managers; on showcases; casting workshops; student films, etc. And if you currently have representation, you can tell us your situation and ask for advice on how best to talk to your reps without feeling you’re either being too demanding or too distant.
You will also learn about how to run your business – you may in fact learn for the first time that you are actually a sole trader running a small business. We will teach you how to market yourself better – which is everything in this game.
Q. “Can you tell me more about your Referral Service?”
Sure, just book a Career Consultation and you can ask us as many questions as you like about it during your hour-long session.
Q. “If I’m selected for the Referral Service, there are some agents and managers I don’t want contacted. Is that ok?”
Of course! That’s pretty standard. Just tell us who.
Q. “I’m a British actor – I want to move to L.A. Can you help?”
Yes. We know the visa and immigration process intimately. During your consultation we can give you an overview of what is required, what your current chances might be, and the best path to make your dreams come true. We cannot offer legal advice, but we can point you to great lawyers who can.
There are also subtle, and not-so-subtle, differences between what is acceptable business behavior in London, L.A. and New York – with London and L.A. being the most different. If, for example, you’re a London actor wanting to impress and meet with industry in L.A. we carefully explain the differences, and the pitfalls. It’s very easy to get offended if you’re a Brit in L.A. or New York – things are very different. The same is true of Americans working in London or Europe – we can guide you on what not to say to sensitive Europeans if you want them to love you and take you seriously.
Q. “I heard The Talent Scout Referral Service offers a 100% refund if it doesn’t work – is that right?”
Yes. Quite simply, we know what the industry is looking for, so we only offer our Talent Scout Referral Service to those actors we feel are ready. If someone isn’t quite ready for the Referral Service, we’ll be honest and tell them exactly what they need to improve before we can move forward. It may just be a few minor changes to a reel or bio. It may mean waiting a few months or more if you’re just starting out and your reel, etc, isn’t quite up there yet – but if so we’ll give you the benefit of our vast experience in how to improve your profile as efficiently as possible.
Honesty – it’s better for everyone and it’s the way we have developed and maintain our high reputation in the industry. We only send our agents and managers the highest quality artists, ready to work. They are sometimes very established, they are sometimes just starting out, but they are all professionals who understand that they need to provide their agents and managers with the marketing tools they need in order to promote them.
Q. “I’d love a Referral to all your contacts – can I have one please?”
Maybe. Can you book a consultation?
Agents, Managers and Casting Directors may contact us by email
Talent – kindly book a consultation