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How to find a reputable talent agency

By: Ad Talent Agency | Mar 21 2009 | 407 words | 1169 hits


So you're interested in working as talent for commercials and other promotional activities, but aren't sure were to start. Firstly, let's define the term talent agency. A talent agency is an organization that represents people, to appear in advertisements or other avenues in the entertainment industry. These people may include but are not limited to actors, models, singers and musicians. ÂLooking for the right agency can be a daunting task, especially as a novice to the industry. You may be especially reluctant, after hearing experiences of others who have encountered unscrupulous characters. Locating a reputable agency however, can be achieved with a little research.Â

One way to get started is to call around and get references from local advertising agencies. This will help you obtain names of legitimate talent agencies whose services they solicit. It may also give you an idea, of the depth of their network. Although not a perfect indicator, this can help you determine the likelihood of the agency being consulted for jobs and you're chances of being hired.

Ask friends or people that have worked in commercials, videos or movies about their experience. You can learn a lot from their experience and use this information to make an informed decision.

Find out if the agency is registered with a local union or association. Bear in mind however, that locating a governing body specific to the industry depends on your location.

Check the yellow pages or online directories to see the varying agencies listed. Once information is obtained, call and ask about the company's history, range of services and policies.

When doing your research, you should also be on the look out for agencies requiring upfront fees. This can be used as a general rule of caution, as people are often lured into this trap. Although compensation is normal, this should only be dispersed after a job or booking is secured. Another note of caution, is to ensure that all contracts or correspondence, are read thoroughly before commitment or consent is granted.

If already represented by an agent, you should contemplate a few things to assess the credibility of your agency. Such as, are you able to contact your agent when you need to? Does he or she respond to your queries and concerns in a timely manner? Is their office or online presence professional? Can they give an account of work done?

Once these steps are taken, you will be well on your way to obtaining representation from a credible agency.


About author:
Ad Talent Agency is an online Jamaican talent recruitment agency, specializing in representing talent for print, radio and television commercials. To learn more, please visit the Ad Talent Agency website:
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