Finding an agent to represent you isn’t an exact science but there are many unscrupulous phonies out there who call themselves an “agent” that you should be aware of. Did you know principal talent agencies rarely advertise? That’s right, real agencies usually have so many hopeful candidate lined up at the door overwhelming them with head-shots and resumes that they don’t even need to advertise to the public. However, extra agencies do sometimes advertise since there is such a big turnover rate in this arena.
Most well established agents also do not charge you a maintenance fees, as the agent is paid a commission when they land you a job. That’s not to say a maintenance fee never occurs, but it is a rarity. Most agency fees are only around $50 a year and should definitely not extend over $150. Be also cautious of agencies that are trying to sell you photo shoots or head shot services. The general procedure is your agent should only provide you a list of recommended photographers. Some agencies offer workshop and classes to their clients with some well-known established individual from the industry.
This is not uncommon and as long as the prices for these workshops/classes seem reasonable than everything should be okay. In conclusion, if something about the “agency” appears fishy than it’s probably already a good sign that something is not right. If all they are doing is trying to sell you products and get you to fork out a lot of cash then it very may well be a scam. In the meantime, continue to build your reel by going on auditions.