You've got to realize that if you sign an actor, it becomes YOUR JOB to do everything in your power to help your client procure work. You can't just sit there at your computer with hundreds of clients and hope that one will make you rich, ok? You've gotta get out there!! Come on, now! You can do it!! Get yourself involved with your clients' lives and their work. Build a relationship with your clients! I feel that there should be some kind of limit on how many clients one agent can sign. That way each client can have an equal opportunity to go out on auditions.
If you're an actor reading this, remember that you can do SO much without an agent or a manager in the first place. You've got to do so much on your own. If you do decide to sign with an agent, always do your research on who you are going to be signing with. Make sure your agent or managers' client list doesn't include hundreds and hundreds of people- some have THOUSANDS. That's ridiculous. You're not going to have a chance.
**NOTE: It is OK if the entire agency or company reps hundreds of people- but each individual agent at the company should have a reasonable amount of clients.**
If you're an agent reading this: smile, take a deep breath, and get to work! I guarantee you that if you build closer relationships with a smaller group of clients, you will all benefit more than you would by signing tons of awesome actors and then not doing anything for them. Listen, I realize that it's got to be a tough job being a talent agent. I have A LOT of respect for many agents, especially my own. That being said, there are FAR too many fools that are working as agents and managers who really don't have a clue of how to properly do their job. Don't be one of them!!!!! Agents and managers: so many of you are good people, and I know that you can make all of your dreams come true in your lives and careers! Just remember that YOUR dream is closely connected to your client's dreams. Go and work as hard as you can, make it all happen! YOU CAN DO IT!! I believe in you, Mr/Ms Agent or Manager!! xxxxx ;)