Parents. Momagers. Working Creatives. Did you know that you should always get a copy of signed documents? This includes agency contracts and release forms signed on set or in advance by your agent/manager. Aside from reading through the terms BEFORE you sign, you need that copy to refer to later. If you're unhappy with your agency, you need to know when your contract expires and what you're required to do to cancel it. Note: most contracts will automatically renew if you don't request to terminate. For release forms, you should be able to refer back to the terms and ensure the client is using your image or likeness within the guidelines you agreed upon. An example would be a client using your ad for television only and not print. So if you see them using your image in still photos (print), it's not covered. Your agent/manager needs to negotiate more compensation. Also, if they use it past the time frame mentioned. If the release form says one (1) year and they use it past that, you need to request more compensation. Always look for those ugly little words like PERPETUITY and EXCLUSIVITY so you don't get jammed up. Know your stuff folks BEFORE you sign and keep a copy. Even if it's on your cell phone. Lay that puppy on the table and take a snapshot of each page on your phone before you turn it in. Email it to yourself with the job name in the subject for easy finding down the road. Don't say I didn't warn ya. Ok bye!
- BJ Gianni, Founder
Talented Young Folks Founder