Cautions and Guidelines for Talent

A majority of producers and production companies use industry standards but, as in any business, there are some that employ unsavory practices.

Stay safe with this red flag checklist:

    • Be suspicious. There are no guarantees or guaranteed jobs in the entertainment industry.
    • Listen to your instincts; they could save your life.
    • Know the talent agency laws in your area (city, county, state).
    • Use a licensed talent agency.
    • Stay away from talent agents who want up-front employment fees. (This is against the law in most states.)
    • Check everything out before you go to the interview.
    • Have at least two reputable consumer sources of information.
    • Do not assume want ads for actors or models are legitimate simply because they appear in a newspaper.
    • Beware of opportunities sounding too good to be true (once in a lifetime, no experience required). They usually are.
    • Never send or give money to anyone who promises membership in a performer’s union. Always check with the union first.
    • Never pay money in advance for postage, advertising, registration, categorization or filing fees (an illegal practice in some states).
    • If you are unfamiliar with the agent, producer, or photographer–do not go to the interview alone.
    • Do not interview in apartments or weekly rentals.
    • If you are uncomfortable with an interview FOR ANY REASON, leave! There will be other interviews, other jobs.
    • Read all releases and contracts carefully before signing them.

This information is a guideline only. Please do your homework. Ask questions and clearly understand what is expected of you. We are not in a position to endorse.

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