I’ve done lots of articles about this subject, but the plane keeps changing and scammy companies are getting more creative…. so lets run through the list of the signs to watch out for.
Casting directors and agents do not run radio ads, commercials or anything along that line. Most legit agents have their files filled with submissions for representation and more come in daily. They have no need to run commercials for newbies. Some agents will hold monthly open calls for new talent, those do not come with radio ads. You will normally have to check their site or call to get dates and times.
They call you out of the blue
Unless you are Brad Pitt, nobody will just pick up the phone and offer you work. Like everyone else, you need to do the calling and fight for it. Film producers and their casting directors do not troll through millions of online profiles looking for their next star. The people who are calling out of the blue are telemarketers posing as talent scouts trying to get you to bite.
They guarantee you work
No agent can guarantee you work because agents are not the ones who hire you.
They will meet you at a hotel
Agents and their talent agencies are professionals, they have offices and office hours.
They try to rush you into something
Anyone that asks for your answer on the spot or the opportunity will go to the next guy is worried that you may Google them and change your mind. Legit agents will not rush you into signing anything. The people that do rush you are normally sales people whose paycheck depends on the commission they get from you.
They mention success stories
Legit agents are NOT trying to talk you into signing with them, it’s the other way around. You should be trying to convince them to rep you. Testimonials and success stories are only found on websites trying to sell YOU something. Agents would not use such tactics.
They tell you you need to take THEIR classes
Agents are not schools. They expect you to do that stuff on your own. They can suggest coaches, workshops, etc. but they should be independent from them. You should never be writing a check to your agent for training services.
There is a monthly membership fee
Your agent makes money when you do. Their source of income should not be membership dues. That is not to say that they can’t suggest a paid casting alert service like actors access, you just should not be paying THEM monthly.
They don’t really care that you have no resume, training or experience
Scammers only care about your checkbook, not if you are qualified. They are looking for newbies because they are usually trying to sell services like overpriced classes. The last thing they want is someone with tons of training.
It’s your dream come true… overnight
Sales pitches tend to use lots of flattery and promises of fame, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Need more info, check out How to Spot a Modeling / Acting Scam
also please see for child modeling and acting sales pitches – Disney Auditions and Nickelodeon auditions – how the scam works
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