10 signs of an acting agency scam

Going to an audition?

Here is a quick rundown of what to watch out for.  Keep in mind, if you are on this page, you must already have some reservations.

I’ve done lots of articles about this subject, but the industry keeps changing and scammy companies are getting more creative…. so lets run through the list of the signs to watch out for.

The largest area of fake auditions is aimed at children and their loving parents, followed by modeling.  The companies involved exploit your hopes and dreams.  They then use very high pressure sales tactics to get you on-board, which includes paying them.  Never forget that you are applying for a job. Nobody pays employers to hire them.

List of things to watch out for:

They advertise!

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

Got any more input? share it in the comments section below!

5 thoughts on “10 signs of an acting agency scam


    I am a great liar and storyteller. I tend to have multiple personalities, from charming, funny, to rude, and can blend into many characters. I have been told that I could be a great actor but have no idea how to even get into acting. I have fare/tan toned skin with a face shape that gets confused for lots of people, handsome, generic and I am not stuck to any style whatsoever. This is my first attempt at becoming an actor. Wish me look.

  2. Reg Dee

    It’s a shame that some people are willing to take advantage of others to promote their own selfish gains. Many times they are targeting individuals who are least positioned to absorb the losses imposed onto them by the scam artist.

  3. William Rowe

    Hello, I’m trying to get on Hell’s kitchen season 15. I am a very talented Sous Chef. I want to be able to show my skills, talent and experience that I have. I have been in the restaurant business for 27 years old and I am looking for that great opportunity that I have to offer.

    1. Jase Price



      1. mary riley

        Hello I thank you for the information on scammer I wish I had read what your saying year ago. I have been scammed out of money. I’m a resident of Baltimore Maryland and have done extra work with homicide life on the streets when they were here. I also was filmed in Whoopi Goldberg Clara’s heart. I and have given money to agencies here. I feel used and regret getting involved with something that hasn’t been at my best interest and I really feel discouraged!


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