Acting & Modeling Agency Scams: The 411

You’ve spent a lot of time watching television shows and movies, looking at magazines, and you think, “I should do that.”  So,  you get your headshot and resume and start submitting to various agents.  Suddenly, you get a phone call!  You are super excited and start day dreaming about Hollywood and a career in front of the camera.

You go for your interview.  The “agent” has you prepare a sample commercial audition and tells you “you have lots of potential, but I feel you need more training.  For ‘X’ amount of money, we can teach you all you need to know.”

Does this story sound familiar?  If so, then you have been the victim of a scam.  This blog is meant to provide folks like you with valuable information as you pursue your acting or modeling career.

Number One: A legitimate talent agent does not get paid unless they get you work.  Their commission from work you book is 10-20%.  If an agent tries to ask you for money upfront, RUN OUT THE DOOR.

Number Two: Keep your headshots current.  Nothing will turn off a casting director more than having an actor walk in for an audition who does not look like their picture.  Headshots should be updated every 1-2 years (or whenever you make a drastic change to your look).

Number Three:  Remember, it is a business of who you know.  Always be friendly and personable to everyone you meet.  Keep a list of contacts in the industry (casting directors, agents, producers, directors, etc) and drop them a postcard now and then to let them know what you’ve been up to.

Hope you have found some of this advice helpful.  For more information on the business of acting, acting classes, or private coaching, contact me at (919) 247-1587 or by email at

Thank you, as always, for your support of the Heather Snow Clark School of Acting!

-Heather Snow Clark


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