How to Get Booked by an Agent

As a performer, you aspire to share your music with as many people as possible. One of the best ways to share your music is through live shows, and the best live shows are most often booked by a professional booking agent.

Follow these steps to get your act booked by an agent.

1. Build up a substantial social media following.

A booking agent is more likely to pay attention to an artist who comes with a built-in audience. The agent’s job is to find a venue for you to play, but your job is to fill those seats with warm bodies. A substantial social media following of one thousand or more friends and followers is a great way to show booking agents that the rest of the world is as serious about your music as you are.

More importantly, a substantial social media following guarantees an agent that someone is interested in seeing you play. If your act will bring audiences to a venue, then a booking agent will want to bring your act to that venue.

Check out this video on how to get more Twitter followers.

2. Perfect your live show.

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. No one wants to book a musician who’s unrehearsed and unprofessional, much less represent him or her. To catch an agent’s attention, your live show has to be spectacular. The only way to get better is to practice.

Indie duo Heffron Drive puts on such a great live show that fans all over the world love to watch them perform. In this video, the band premiered a new single during a live performance in Italy.

3. Develop good relationships with venue bookers.

Booking agents talk to a lot of venue bookers, so if a venue booker likes your act, then he or she may talk about you with booking agents. However, more than just liking your performance, venue bookers will be more likely to help you if they like who you are as a person.

Start with being kind and courteous when booking your own shows. Don’t be rude or demanding. Rather, be understanding of scheduling conflicts or canceled shows. Then, take it a step further by helping set up and tear down your own equipment at the venue. Finally, when you’re on stage, make sure that you thank the venue and its booker for allowing you to perform.

For more tips, watch this video about the do’s and don’ts of booking your own shows.

Continue to book your own shows until you catch the attention of a booking agent. By building a substantial social media following, perfecting your live show, and developing a good relationship with venue bookers, you’ll have booking agents knocking on your door in no time.

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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.

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