Last week I was at an event run by South West Screen and BAFTA. The event was called "Meet the Agents" and was a chance for writers and directors in the South West to meet London based agents and to hear their message.
It was a good event and any chance to network is a good one and an opportunity to increase your gravity. In some ways it was a downbeat affair as the chance of an unknown writer or director being picked up for work (and therefore by an agent) is slim.
But in a way I also felt that the agents themselves didn't put themselves forward in the best light. I wanted to see much more charisma and a go getting attitude. These people are paid to be better at pitching than I am! It's their specialism. Being my cheeky self I even laid down a light-hearted challenge in the Q&A - could the panel pitch their services to us.
The answer, and the answer indeed to the title of this post, is - maybe. Certainly its not crucial. So I've come away with a message of; promote your own writing (or films, or whatever). You'll get good at it and when you're really good - only then will an agent want to take you on anyway. So look to yourself first. More reason to get this up and running!
A big part of the gravity idea is blogging. Anyone know an agent with a blog?
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