1. Always Google or research any agency, company or person offering you an opportunity. Look for negative reviews, industry relevance on social media and signs that it’s a legitimate gig.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask money questions. “What is the compensation?” “How will payment be made to me?” “What’s the average timeframe to receive compensation?”
3. It’s okay to do unpaid work, however, the work should align with your career goals and have some benefit for your child as well, i.e. video footage, professional photos that you can use, brand exposure, etc.
4. Most kid agencies will offer a one year exclusive contract which is totally fine. Beware of contracts longer than a year and ask yourself if they have the connections to make a longer term worth it for your career.
5. You don’t need professional photos to secure an agency, but they can help with representation if you choose an industry experienced photographer.
6. Remember to keep the fun in your child’s performance career. Don’t be too hard on your kids about auditions and bookings. There will always be another one to book.
7. Focusing on your child’s long term career goals and creating a strategy will take you much further than focusing on instant or overnight success.
DID YOU KNOW? Yes agencies, more specifically non union franchised agencies, can take more than the 10-20% commission that was agreed upon upfront. Agencies request an agency fee from the production company or client for providing their services if they book the gig. This is separate from the commission that you pay as the talent. Occasionally, the client or company will give a lump sum amount that they are willing to pay for your services or they simply decline to pay the additional fee. This means that the agency will either lower the rate they email you that the gig pays or they will straight up say that our agency fee is also being deducted from the lump sum. ⠀
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Talented Young Folks, LLC provides a safe space for young performers and parent managers to learn and grow. We move at your pace, whether it's simply learning about the industry or moving forward with gaining agency representation and the tools required. We believe that behind every successful child performer, there's an industry educated parent manager. Therefore, we provide various services to assist your household from both angles. You won't find a better place that feels like home and gives you the practical steps needed to sustain a long-term career in the performing arts industry.