Getting an agent in the film business cannot be considered any kind of guarantee that you will be achieve success, but it is vital a step for anyone arriving in Hollywood with dreams of big salaries and Oscar gold. For one thing, it is practically impossible to get a job in a studio production without having an agent, though obviously it may be somewhat less important in the world of independent and low-budget film. Even more important to the struggling newcomer in the entertainment industry is that agency representation endows you with a necessary sense of professionalism. Although the standard joke is that what everyone really wants to do is direct, few people are na├»ve enough to arrive in Tinsel Town with expectations of resting their bottom in a director's chair first thing. For that reason, if you are reading advice on how to get an agent in Hollywood, chances are you are looking to break in as a writer or actor. The best place to start your search for a reputable agent begins with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Writer's Guild of America (WGA.) Both SAG and WGA can provide even non-union members with a list of reputable agents. 

What Every Hollywood Newcomer Should Know About Looking for an Agent 

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