I'm sorry you went to Barbizon. It's a SCAM! Take it off of your resume so you don't get LAUGHED OUT OF LA AND NY.
It was exposed on Dateline:
To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won't see you unless you're SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.
You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you're interested in
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT'S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent's ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10?n film/tv and commercials and 20?n commercial print.
Look up LEGIT agencies here:
Avoiding BAD Headshots:
Here are the TOP agencies in LA (THEY ALL HATE BARBIZON, JRP, JC, ACT):
Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):
KSR *-Alicia Ruskin
Abrams *- Mark Measures
CESD *- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg
Diverse *- Wendy Morrison
Coast to Coast * -Hugh Leon
Daniel Hoff * - Daniel Hoff
Commercial Talent * - Neil Kreppel, Blair Taylor
Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner
Innovative Artists * - Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg
Independent Artists- Jenine Leigh or Laura Fogelman
Flick Commercials- Tina Kiratsoulis
DPM - Daniel P. Mulheran
DDO - Marlene Sutton, Maria Walker
Venture IAB - Noel Palm
Sutton, Barth, Venari * -Pam Sparks
Arlene Thornton and Associates - Janet Tscha
Pantheon * -Patricia Dawson or Pierre Gatling
Beverly Hecht -Teresa Valente-Dahlquist
Don Buchwald and Associates *- Chrissy Eaden
M. Greene and associates - Jim Lighte
AKA * - Doug Ely
Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier -Gloria Hinojosa
Brady, Brannon, and Rich * - Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady
Brass Artists - Jack Ianacci
Aqua - John Kolinofsky
Special Artists Agency - Alexandra Gucovsky
Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc. -Kimberly Gola
Angel City - Mimi Mayer
BiCoastal - Greta Hanley
Clear Talent Group - Tim O'Brien
Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum
LA Talent - Pam Loar
LW1 - Sean Robinson
Mavrick - Brad Diffley
Momentum - Garry Purdy
NTA*- Nancy Luciano
Imperium 7 - Tracy Mapes
Talentworks - Brian Duensing
Sovereign - Annalisa Babich
Bobby Ball - Brandy Wilkerson-Caldwell
Osbrink - Angela Strange
Lewis and Beal - Jackie Lewis
Theatrical (Minus the Big 4 (WME, CAA, ICM, UTA) and B Agencies (Gersh, Paradigm, APA, Innovative) which do NOT take beginners):
David Shapira and Associates
The Glick Agency
Kazarian Spencer (KSR)
Michael Greene and Associates
Paul Kohner and Associates
Coast to Coast
House of Representatives
Craig Wyckoff and Associates