I was asked an interesting question at a masterclass yesterday – Was it better to have a bad agent than no agent at all?

My instinctive reaction was to say that an agent was such an important part of an actor’s life that not having one made the job impossible. But on the way home, looking through some CV’s for a new production, I noticed several from certain agents which were incomplete; no date of birth or playing age, no heights given, no singing range etc. Where other agents had bothered to note at the top of each CV which role they were submitting their actors for, these bad agents hadn’t bothered, leaving me to guess myself where best they fitted – a tough quest given the important information wasn’t available. A good agent knows what we need to see and what information to include, and let’s be clear (before I discuss the negatives) there are many, many excellent agents out there. They aren’t the ones to worry about. It's the bad 'ins we need to …