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Why You Should Join A Talent Agency – #TipTuesday

“Having an agency submitting and booking you for projects ensures the legitimacy of the work. As professionals in the industry, they are aware of the reputable companies and clients who they work with on a regular basis.”

For many new actors and models seeking work in the industry, a question they face is whether or not to join an agency. While there may be some perks to self representation, MAX Agency would like to share our reasons we recommend joining a talent agency as an actor/model!

Your Safety

Having an agency submitting and booking you for projects ensures the legitimacy of the work. As professionals in the industry, they are aware of the reputable companies and clients who they work with on a regular basis. If you are finding work for yourself, you may get yourself into dangerous situations from people who are trying to take advantage of talent.

“PROS: You will have someone who can negotiate on your behalf, from (it is hoped) a position of greater power and respect.” – Monroe Mann, Attorney

Development Assistance

Agents will assist with all of your development needs including head shots, portfolios, acting classes, etc. They have connections with photographers for your photos and can advise which photos are the best to use in your portfolio. Some agencies such as MAX even cover costs for acting/modelling classes to ensure you have the proper training going into auditions.

Industry Knowledge and Connections

Talent agents have important knowledge and connections about the acting/modelling industries. For example, they know what industry standard is for payment to make sure you get paid what you deserve. They also have working relationships with casting directors so that through them you will have access to the best jobs.

International Opportunities

Another perk to being a part of a professional talent agency is that they will have resources to provide large scale international opportunities. This results in higher exposure and payment.

“If you freelance you have to constantly update the agencies you’re working with so they’ll know what your current commercial conflicts are and/or what network shows you’ve already done this season. If you’re signed your agents will already have that information.” – John Howard Swain, author of The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera

Organization

As organizing photoshoots, auditions and bookings is their full time job, agents will be able to organize all of the above for you so you don’t have to. This allows you to live your life as normal until they inform you of a new audition or job that has come up for you. It is their job and main priority to keep track of wardrobe, location, contact information, etc. and to pass along all relevant information to you.

If you are in Toronto or the surrounding area and would like to learn more about joining MAX Agency, visit our website: http://www.maxagency.com

Click here if you would like to apply: http://www.maxagency.com/application.php

Max Agency is a successful Toronto talent agency. Max Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries as well as appearance in trade shows, promotions and special events.

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Tip Tuesday: How To Become An Actor With Zero Experience

#TipTuesday is a series Max Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — will be doing every week where we share helpful tips for the industry! This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

This week’s tip are on How to Become an Actor with Zero Experience:

1. Get involved with local projects to gain experience.

The first thing to do when you have no experience is to start getting it in whatever ways you can. That could be acting for your local theatre, joining drama clubs, working on low budget projects like student films. You should be open to everything you can. Big cities have more opportunities but even smaller towns should have at least a few programs to get you started!

2. Work on your special skills.

It’s always useful to have special skills to give you more of a chance for certain roles. This could include dancing, sports, musical abilities, martial arts and much more! If you don’t have any special skills or talents, try developing some! Some roles specifically look for talent who can also do a special skill so they are great things to have. For example, a commercial for a sports apparel brand may want an actor who knows how to play hockey!

3. Join an agency.

Signing with an agency is great for new comers to the industry because most agencies will take the time to develop you. For example, Max Agency pays for your acting classes to ensure you are prepared for when you start auditioning! As industry professionals, they will also be the best people to give you advice and connect you will the leading casting directors and clients who they already have working relationships with.

To apply to join Max Agency, visit the link: http://www.maxagency.com/application.php

4. Network.

Networking in person and online is super important, especially if you opt to not sign with an agent. In that case you must create a brand for yourself and start connecting with other people in the field. Develop your social media channels, and attend events where you can mingle with others in the industry. Use that charisma and it could land you a gig!

5. Be patient.

As a newcomer to the acting world, you most likely will have to wait a while to have success. Do not take the rejections personally, as there are so many people trying out for the same roles you are. The perfect role for you will come along eventually! Don’t give up right away, if this is your true passion you’ll have to work hard and be consistent!

Have something about the acting or modelling industry that you’re curious about? Let us know!

Max Agency is a successful model and talent agency in Canada representing men, women and children. Max Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries as well as appearance in trade shows, promotions and special events.

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10 Tips For Raising a Child Actor or Model

Happy Universal Children’s Day. Since MAX is a talent agency that represents many Toronto child actors/models, we thought we’d put together a list of some tips to follow if you are raising one!

#1. Don’t let your child audition unprepared

As the parent of a child auditioning, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is as prepared as they can be. If there are lines or sides to memorize, make sure they know them. If they are asked to dress a certain way for the audition, make sure they are in proper attire.

#2. Stay relaxed

Your nerves or agitation will affect your child’s nerves as well. Stay as calm as you possibly can so your child will be on their best behaviour too when they go in to audition. You also don’t want to make a bad impression as a parent because casting directors may remember that and not want to work with a difficult parent.

#3. They must have energy

Your child must bring their own unique energy to a performance for the best results. Don’t necessarily just have them perform the script exactly as is, let them add a bit of themselves into it so they really stand out against all of the other kids auditioning. They have to shine!

#4. Put them in professional acting classes

The best way to ensure your child can meet the standards is enrolling them in professional acting classes. This allows them to practice their craft and be coached by a professional. It will allow them to get over the natural nerves they have and be a better performer. It also gives them the chance to interact with other actors.

#5. Get them involved in activities to improve their abilities

Getting your child involved in activities such as school plays and community theatre are key ways to improve their chances for auditions. The child gets more comfortable performing for a crowd and rids them of their shyness. You can also consider dance classes, sports or other activities!

#6. Do not overstep boundaries with casting directors

You can not take casting director’s decisions personally. Whenever there’s a rejection, accept their decision and move on. Do not nag them, asking what your child did wrong as it will just make a bad impression. They do not have time to respond to every upset parent. It is most likely that your child will not be as affected by it as you and are able to move on easily so you should too!

#7. Do not try to control them

Do not force your child to do anything they don’t want to do. If you notice your kid is not enjoying the auditioning/acting process as much as they used to, check in with them and see if this is still something you should be doing. The happiness of the child always comes first.

#8. Must be willing to dedicate your own time

As a parent of a child actor or model, you must be willing to make sacrifices and be flexible with your time. There will be a lot of travelling to and from auditions along with taking time off of work for their shoots which a parent must be present for. As your child is not capable of being completely independent, you must be supportive of whatever they need to be successful.

#9. Must be willing to invest in it

When starting out in the business, you have to be willing to invest in it a bit. As mentioned before, paying for acting classes and the gas getting to auditions. In addition, you will have to pay for professional photos/headshots to be done and you may have to take smaller paying gigs at first. In the long run, your investments should pay off as your child starts to get more work.

#10. Stay organized

Similar to the point of being flexible, you must also be extremely organized. You must keep track of auditions, bookings, classes, extracurricular activities, etc. It is your responsibility to get your child to auditions and shoots on time, in proper wardrobe and with lines memorized!

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Max Agency is a successful model and talent agency in Canada representing men, women and children. Max Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries as well as appearance in trade shows, promotions and special events.

If you would like your child to be represented by an agency, fill out an application with us now: http://www.maxagency.com/application.php

If you would like to hire one of our kid actors/models, contact us: http://www.maxagency.com/contact.php

To stay updated on if our talent get booked, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Never miss a moment with MAX Agency!

For more of our awesome talent check out our roster at http://www.maxagency.com/