Our Role as Agent

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

An agent in NSW is governed and bound by the Entertainment Industry Act. More information is available from THE OFFICE OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS titled "'Fact Sheet for Performers". It works just like a real estate agent does. We sign up a performer, manage the 'sale' of their skills, and charge a commission, the amount of which is set by legislation; for actors, for example, it's 10% of their gross wage. 

We offer not only full casting services for smaller and full scale film, theatre, and television/commercials, but also an exclusive artists representative management designed to give our artists a one-to-one experience of having their careers nurtured and developed while at the same time sourcing opportunities within Australia and internationally. 

We negotiate contracts and logistics, assist you to avoid unscrupulous operators, and generally advise you on your career and role choices that you make. In short, we always act in your best interests: with transparency, fairness and honesty.

At the end of the day, you employ us; we don't employ you. We work for you, not the other way around.

FAQ

  • Can two or more agents represent me? +

    No. In the performing arts, agencies represent artists exclusively.
  • Are there up front costs for joining an agency? +

    No. Other than the costs of cobbling together your head shots and body of work, there are no 'entry costs' An agent in NSW should not be charging you a 'fee' to join, which is illegal. Agents make their money from commissions based on your work.
  • Do I sign a contract? +

    Yes. Agents will ask you to sign a terms & conditions contract, which sets out the principles of the arrangement. This is generally 'open-ended' but can be limited to a timeframe by mutual agreement.
  • What if I get offered my own work? Do I pay commission? +

    This is an arrangement between you and your agent but generally you must remember that an agent is working for you during times of your unemployment in the industry, so if you decide not to pay your agent for self generated work, you may find that the relationship changes over time. Most performers with a healthy agent/artists relationship pay commission on everything.
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