“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!
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
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.
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
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