A few months back, my former colleague Sarah LaPolla wrote a very important blog post that everyone looking for an agent should read.
There are a lot of agents out there. Some of them are fantastic. They came up through an apprenticeship process and worked hard for an established agent before they knew enough to take on clients. When they started taking on clients they were prepared, and now they have lots of sales under their belts.
Others just hung out a shingle. Maybe they had some connection to the business, maybe it was just a life-long dream, maybe they got fed up and decided if you can’t beat ’em become one.
The hardest thing is, some of these non-legit agents don’t know they’re not legit. They have the best intentions, they may be good, hard-working people. But there’s a lot more to being an agent than knowing how to read a contract or possessing a rolodex.
A bad agent can be more damaging to your career than no agent. There are bad agents out there. Learn how to avoid them.
Read Sarah’s post. Make sure the agent who wants to represent you is legit-legit. Don’t be scared of a young agent at a very established agency. Do be skeptical of someone who doesn’t seem to have a great deal of experience and is working on their own.
Art: Double Portrait by Raphael