10 Tips for finding a talent or casting agent
by Teresa ,The CuteKid™ Staff


Many models will tell you that the key to getting jobs and making money is finding the right talent agent. So where do you start?

Read on for 10 tips to helping you find the right child talent agent.

1. Call around. Contact a local advertising association in your area. Find out the names of advertising agencies in your area. Then call and ask someone at the agency, usually an art or creative director about specific agents they use when hiring models.

2. Entering a photo contest where the winners are judged by child talent agents or those in the modeling field, can quickly increase your child's exposure. This is a great way to know if your child has what advertising agencies and magazines are looking for. Plus the hard work is already done for you.

3. Phone the local SAG (Screen Actors Guild) or AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) office for the names of full-service child talent agent in your area. Which means they represent both models and actors. These agents have signed contract with the associations and have agreed to abide by certain rules when signing models or actors. Which means that the agent will usually be more reputable then one not belonging to the association. The association will give you the list of names for free. You can also find them on-line.

4. You can also look through books that specifically address child modeling. Besides having valuable tips on how to get your child into the modeling industry they often have lists of good child modeling agencies listed. 

5. If possible call or talk to models that are represented by a certain agent. Find out if they are satisfied with their agent. Do they get paid on time (generally within 90 days)? How much work does their agent get them

6. Call the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been made against the agency.

7. When you contact a perspective child talent agent schedule your appointment during regular business hours and meet the agent at his or her office. If they are professional they will not want to meet anywhere else.

8. While you are waiting to see the talent agent look around the office. Does the office seem busy? Are their pictures of not only clients, but also specific ads that models have done? Are the phones ringing? Are there other people and models waiting? If the answer is yes then the agent is probably someone who knows what they are doing and can help you get work. 

9. While speaking with the agent ask to see composite sheets of models the agent represents. You want to see if the agent represents models in the age range of your child. If they do not then they do not have the necessary contacts to get your child a job. Also you want to make sure that the models in the shots look good and that the models shown in the ads in their office are actually represented by them.

10. Do not pay any up front fees to the agent. A reputable child talent agent makes money when you get paid (usually 10-20%). They should not ask for upfront money for expenses. They also should not insist you use a particular photographer or require any acting classes.

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