I need an agent and/or a manager. I have several sample screenplays, a director's reel, and have made a few films independently, some of which have been accepted to film festivals. For the sake of argument let's assume my work is good enough and focus on the "how to" of contacting potential representatives.
In the past I have sought representation as a writer. I followed the typical instructions from a book and sent query letters. That doesn't work. At best I got polite rejections, at worst returned with a note from the legal department saying they hadn't touched it.
So, what are other strategies? I would take an agent or a manager, whatever I can get. I have tried networking with people I know and haven't gotten anywhere yet. I detest cold-calling but will do it if I must. I have heard "network with assistants" but I don't know where to find the assistants or what to say to them. Are there modern internet-based approaches that might work (ie, LinkedIn)?
Also, I am even more clueless about how directors get agents then I was when I was approaching it as just a writer. Any insight there is greatly appreciated too. Thanks!
I saw this question but am hoping for new and/or director-specific insight. Thanks!