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First off, it’s totally possible to get gigs by marketing yourself and I highly recommend you to take the initiative toward getting your own bookings. That said, it is often best to have an agent take care of bookings for you. Why? Your agent will:
You really need to feel comfortable with your agent so use your intuition to help you to decide if they are the right one for you. If something feels off, trust your gut. Having an agent is like having a partner— trust, healthy communication, and best interests at heart are super important.
Here are some questions that you need to ask before signing on with an agent:
How do you see me being booked? What types of gigs would you submit me for?
You should know what types of venues or events your booking agent feels are appropriate for you. Are you performing at corporate events, coffee shops, or county fairs? Not only will the answer to this question help you figure out what types of gigs to realistically submit for, it will also help steer the direction of your promo kit. Submitting for the right types of gigs gives you a much better chance of being booked.
What types of projects do you normally submit talent for?
Does this agent work mostly in charity events? Corporate events? Do they submit your songs for film? Or do they submit for gigs across the board? You want to make sure the agent you decide to hire will be submitting you for the gigs that you want to perform at.
Can I see press kits, commercial photos, or listen to demos of your other clients?
If other talent has quality press kits, photos, and demos, it likely means the agency is also one of quality. Seeing other press kits may also give you an idea of what your future work looks like.
All that said, there are also questions you should definitely never ask when talking to an agent at first.
Of course your agent should do their best to book you as many gigs they feel appropriate for your talent. As for the third, you should consider yourself a business and as such, the CEO of that business, therefore, as the CEO of your career, it is your responsibility to maintain the tools you need to get work.
I wish you the best in finding the right agent and filling your gig calendar!
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