Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the information below to help you decide if this industry is right for you/your child as it does require hard work, dedication and a commitment.
what is the talent/model agency’s role?
Talent/Model Agencies are your representatives for the entertainment industry that work on a 10-20% commission of your payment for work on projects you work for through the agency. Industry professionals such as directors, producers and casting directors in most cases do not want to talk directly with the talent as they have production responsibilities and would prefer to talk with a legal representative on the talent’s behalf.
The role of the agent is to be our talents’ representative. To submit or connect you with clients that can hire you for work. Submit you to casting calls, to book auditions and callbacks, to negotiate a contract, and to supply the actor/model with all the information and tools that she/he needs in order to do a good job. Once submitted and you get an audition, it is up to you to get the job with your marketing materials, skills, abilities and/or experience. That is why it is critical that you keep all your materials up to date, professional looking and continue to work on your craft when working with an agency. Legitimate, reputable agents will only get paid after an actor/model has booked a project and payment has been received. The rate is generally 10%-20% of the actor/model’s gross pay. Since reputable agents are paid only when you get paid, it is in their best interest to keep you working.
how do i submit to the agency?
Submissions are done through our online submission form. Our agents stay very busy and do not have the time to meet with each applicant. The decision to interview applicants are made from the online submissions. Once you have submitted the submission is reviewed by the agents for those we feel we can use to fill slots we need filled. Please do not call about your submission as we receive a high volume of submissions and are unable to check them daily.
do you have open calls or accept “walk-ins”?
At this time we are not holding open calls nor accepting “walk-ins”.
is experience required to submit?
We are always looking for new faces for the agency from “real” people with no or very little experience as Extras to union actors with extensive resumes.
do i need a professional headshot?
We do not require professional headshots for submissions but you must have one if accepted by the agency.
will i hear back from my submission?
We do not accept everyone that submits. Once the agents receive your submission, they will then determine if we have a need for you in your category and if you would be a good fit for our agency. Everyone will receive an email regarding their submission. If we feel we can add you to our roster, we will set an appointment for you. This could take 2-3 weeks. Please do not call about your submission.
what does the agency look for in a talent or model?
ACTORS, union or non-union, can be any age, ethnicity, size with experience in films, commercials, training videos and/or voice over work. These can be speaking or non-speaking. EXTRAS are those new in the business who have no or very little experience and are used for non-speaking, background fill-ins. MODELS may appear in print ads such as brochures, newspapers, magazines, outdoor advertising and sometime extra work. CHILDREN need to be outgoing, take and follow directions well. Must have good attention span and memorization skills are always a plus and in most cases they will have to miss school when working on projects. Good grades and perfect school attendance is most important.
if accepted what is my upfront cost?
There isn’t a fee to submit or register with an agency however you will have to have professional photos if accepted. These are your calling cards as your first contact with clients. You will be required to list on the agency website which will be small one time fee. Remember, reputable agents never charge any kind of fees or dues outside of their stated commission charges. Since the invention of the internet and websites, agents do have a small one time charge for you to be on their website. If an agent tells you otherwise, tries to sell you classes, sends to you “their” photographer or ask for any other types of fees, find another one. Do your research before making decisions.
will i be required to sign an exclusive contract with the agency?
There isn’t a fee to submit or register with an agency however you will have to have professional photos if accepted. These are your calling cards as your first contact with clients. You will be required to list on the agency website which will be a small one time fee. Remember, reputable agents never charge any kind of fees or dues outside of their stated commission charges. Since the invention of the internet and websites, agents do have a small one time charge for you to be on their website. If an agent tells you otherwise, tries to sell you classes, sends to you “their” photographer or ask for any other types of fees, find another one. Do your research before making decisions.
what kind of services do you provide and how does the agency get me work?
Our agents cover a range of services including film, television, commercial, industrial, voice over, print and hosting opportunities. An agency does not get you work. We submit your materials to clients who need talent/model for their project. The client has the final decision as to who they want to see, interview or see a self taped audition from if necessary, that is why you need updated, professional materials. It is then up to you to land the job.
can i make a living in this business?
Generally in the Southeast if you are experienced and prepared to travel extensively you might be able to work on a semi-regular basis. Some talent/models have a part-time job, have a flexible schedule at work, or have a support system which gives them the opportunity to travel to auditions and/or work. However, the majority of the non union work in this business is like any other job, Monday – Friday, normal business hours with a few exceptions. Payments can sometimes take 60-90 days after the job is completed to receive for work done. Union work has set fees, rules and regulations. Those are negotiated by the Screen Actors Guild and/or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist. Refer to http://www.sagaftra.org.