That seems like a simple question on the surface but the answer is more complex. The question you need to ask is not how do I get an agent but how do I get an agent with the leverage and connections to push my career because of their relationships with producers.
An agent is primarily focused on submitting you for roles and how hard they work is dependent on your resume and experience in the entertainment industry. Some agents take clients without a lot of experience but with a commitment to take classes and grow in skills. Other more effective agents only take clients with substantial resumes and the demo reels to back up their resume. The larger agencies leverage their recognizable talent saying that if you want them please take a look and these other clients of mine. A lot of booking are packaged with up and coming talent and the more recognizable talent. To get into that up and coming talent mix you have to prove to the agent that you have the skills and resume they feel comfortable with and that shows the agent It’s safe to push them and the producer it’s safe to hire them.
That relationship takes a while to build with an agent. With the world of digital submissions and self-tapes, you can do a lot of the work yourself in building credits in regional productions and get to the place that the better agents will consider you. You don’t just want an agent, you want a strong agent that can boost your career. Don’t be in a hurry for an agent, be in a hurry to grow and become more competitive in the entertainment industry. You do that and the time will come when a strong agent wants you!