DOES THE AGENCY PAY EVERYTHING FOR ME?
No, the agency does not pay for the talent. The talent needs to have headshot and demo reel as well as resume to present to casting director. All these expenses are made by the talent. These cost will be worth it as once you have them you may start getting hired immediately and get paid.
HOW DOES PAYMENT FOR ACTING WORK?
Normally, once hired and work is complete the agency will send the invoice to the casting director. The casting director will then send the agency your fees. There is up to a 90 day wait period between when you do the job and receive payment so you will need to be patient. Once everything is received then you will receive your payment minus the agency fee.
WHY DO I GET CHARGED AN AGENCY FEE?
This is per industry standard. All agencies use an agency fee, this is their compensation for doing all the brunt work of getting you cast in the project. The fees are 20% which are standard industry fees.
WHY DO I NEED AN AGENT? CAN’T I DO IT ON MY OWN
Agents provide a vital service. Agencies are typically known in the industry and know many casting directors and producers and we have access to them. Many actors on their own are not able to get access to the big acting jobs without having an agent. They are also the ones to take care to get the best deal for you. On your own you may not be familiar with everything in the land of show business.
HOW LONG CAN IT TAKE TO GET AN ASSIGNMENT?
As soon as we get your professional photos we send your photos off to castings the next business day. Your updated professional photos must be approved by the agency. You must learn to be patient in this industry. You may not be cast for an assignment right away, you must have faith and give the agent time to properly market and promote you to casting directors.
WHERE DO YOU SEND US?
Anywhere there is a casting we submit you for. We submit our talents for acting jobs all over the country. You need to know that this does take effort on your part so you need to try to go to as many auditions and casting as possible. Photos are required to be submitted for projects, being submitted by photos is the first step in a long process. You will not always be cast directly from photos, many times they will need to see you in person. Anytime you go to an audition make sure to bring your comp card this is the only way many casting directors remember you and they will often share your photos with other casting directors.
WHAT IS ELSE IS NEEDED?
Casting directors like to see resumes and demo reels. Resume is a professional document that lists all works you have been in. The resume normally has list of skills, age, height, and training. Performance resumes are different than professional work resumes. These are specific and apply directly to the performing arts field. In addition to resumes, demo reels are often required as well. Demo reel is a short reel no more than 4 minutes of you work. It is your version of a portfolio. It is meant to show your look, range and acting off of others. Casting directors like to see all these things when reviewing if an actor is right for a certain part.