Yesterday, I mentioned the importance of playing live to getting your music to the right audience, and when you're just getting started, booking your own gigs
will probably be the way you have to go. But once you have built up an audience for yourself and started getting some attention, it may be time to try and get an agent
on board. A music agent can help you take things to the next level, by getting you into venues and onto bills that you may have a hard time getting on yourself. Like most things in the music industry, the best time to start working with an agent is when you have some kind of "story" to tell about your band - when you have some good reviews in the press, an album or single in the works, and when you can consistently attract crowds to the shows you book yourself.
To find out more about exactly what an agent does, or to investigate how you can become a music agent yourself, check out this career profile
to help you get a handle on the basics.