Originally posted by Pete Biro:
After you take all the above advice... get a line on some really good agents and/or representatives. It is far easier for a third party to get you a good deal than to deal on your own. They are worth the price.
Pete, this is the real secret. Take Mr. Biro's advice to heart. It is the truth. Don't pass it by.
May I suggest reading a Bonus Insert from Bascom Jones' MAGICK, by Vic Perry. Vic was a trouper, as they say. I believe it was written in the 1970's. The topic was dealing with unscrupulous agents and their tricks on neophytes. "The Language of Agents" was part of the title, as I recall.
There are agents and there are agents. Focus your efforts on the good ones, the professionals who are established. I don't mean only the largest agencies and speakers bureaus. Agents who like you and believe you can please their clients, can and will change your life. They are worth their fees. Agents handle the business side of what you do, and allow you to focus solely on being a creative, likeable performer.
Persevere, and don't give up because of rejection. Believe in yourself.
"Every attempt is a success; failure is letting any chance to try go by." -- B.C. Milnov