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The role of a Talent Agency
06-05-2019 Posted by Ingrid Sanghee Edwards in Other

With new social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, the idea of representing yourself as an actor may sound enticing and financially attractive. However by representing yourself, you may be missing out on better opportunities, bigger money, and protection against producers trying to save money at your expense. This allows you, as an actor or actress, to be the “nice person” as we get down and dirty for you in negotiations… or give a client the occasional finger when we feel like they are attempting to rip off our talent. Simply put, we negotiate the best deals possible.

 

International Native Casting was founded by two traveling street performers and many of us on the team are professional actors, and like some of our colleagues, we know what kind of mud you are being dragged through.  We aim first and foremost to protect you and your rights. Another reason why choose not to join other agencies in asking our actors to pay hundreds for professional portfolio media.

On a similar account,  we are also seeing producers and directors pulling the unethical “no-no” and go around the casting agencies to the actors themselves via Facebook and Instagram; to see if they can pull a better deal.  We have seen many cases where actors are singled out of a social media crowd, not understanding that there were a few other actors or actresses before them who said “price is too low, speak to my agency”.

International Native Acting is a hybrid Talent Agency.

We represent actors as a “Talent agent” and help find a perfect actor for a client as a “Casting Agent”.  

When a client comes to us, we search and promote the talent in our database first and foremost.  We make casting calls and approach people personally on behalf of the company.  Yet, if talent cannot be found in our home base that pleases a client- (like finding a curly moustache French 30 year old male who can mime with the nonverbal dialect of a French Canadian >>insert wince here<< …)

then we may join forces with other casting agencies to find the appropriate talent.  Which brings me to the point of how in deeply important it is to keep your IN-Casting profile up to date, professional, with 3 recent photos within the last year as your first three. You have no idea how many people have been passed over because their profiles are unfinished or unprofessional, they have changed their contact information, or they simply forgot that they have signed in with us.

Overall, no matter what choice you choose in your representation as an actor or actress, (weather that be with us, other agencies or yourself) good communication and a positive relationship is key.

 

 

 

 

 

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