The Right Child Talent Agent
The right child talent agent can be an child actor’s best asset, best supporter and smartest advisor..
Only used a licensed children's talent agent and there are 750+ throughout the United States. A licensed children's talent agent has signed contracts to be licensed by the State and usually union and they adhere to terms and conditions set by the Union, child labor laws and the State in which they reside..
Although children's agents primarily get kids auditions and jobs for child actors and child models, they usually bring much more to the table. They ensure child models, child actors and all child performers work under safe conditions. They assist the Unions following contracts and help parents understand obligations regarding child’s acting and child modeling jobs. That's a big reason actors thank their talent agents in acceptance speeches at awards shows. The best children's agents are also a friend and partner to you and your child.
Exclusive and Non-Exclusive
In some cities and States, exclusivity of child talent representation is customary; in other cities and States child talent may be represented by several child talent agents. This is known as freelancing or “hip-pocketing”, and the child talent agent that gets your child the audition or job is the one who receives the commission. Ask children's agents during your first meeting if they want exclusivity. New York children's agents are open to non-exclusive whereas Los Angeles children's agents are almost always exclusive. Each area is different and changing, especially since children's agents now represent child talent in various cities and States, often partnering with other child talent agents around the country to best serve their clients.
Child Talent Agents and Child Talent Managers also know as Personal Managers
Many child actors and child performers also have a children's talent managers in addition to a children's agent. Here are basic job descriptions:
Children's Talent Agents
- Should be franchised by one of the unions
- Is licensed by the state as an employment agency
- Focuses on getting your child employment and negotiating kids contracts.
- Has a small or large amount of clients depending on agency
- Charges 10% commission on theatrical and commercial work and 15% on non-union jobs
Children's Modeling Agents
- There are no unions for models
- Most are licensed by each state as an employment agency
- Focuses on getting your child modeling jobs and negotiating child model contracts.
- Has a small or large amount of baby models and child models depending on agency
- Charges 20% commission on print jobs and 15% commission on non-union commercials
- Are not licensed by the State and are not franchised by Unions.
- Provide advice and guidance on careers
- Help child get a great child talent agent to work in partnership
- Helps your child agent get auditions and jobs (In NY and CA, they are not permitted to obtain employment without working with a licensed agent).
- Usually have a small amount of child clients
- Usually charge 15% commission (negotiated at the beginning of your partnership)
- It's a good idea to have a lawyer review a managers contract before signing. Since they are not franchised, and don't have to be regulated, it’s important to understand all terms of the agreement.