The acting industry is incredibly competitive and with so much talent to choose from, agents find themselves with more prospective clients than they can handle. I spent the summer at a boutique agency and opened many large envelopes containing headshots and resumes and “give me a shot and you won’t be sorry” cover letters. Due to sheer volume of submissions, a great many of these end up in the recycling bin after a quick glance over. Out of desperation, some actors try to stand out. Although we are encouraged to think outside the box and make choices that are different than everyone else, when it comes to seeking representation too much deviation from the norm makes it look like you don’t know the industry standards at best and is just plain annoying at worst (sending an envelope full of craft glitter will cause you to be remembered in a less-than-desirable-manner). That being said, here are some classy and crafty ways to get yourself on an agent’s radar according to the agents I worked with this summer.