How The Real Entertainment Industry Works
Agents do not advertise - According to the Entertainment Industry Code of Ethics, talent and background agents cannot advertise to the general public.
Agents don’t provide photographic services or give classes - A reputable agent may suggest specific photographers or classes to you but cannot require you to use them.
Children and extras do not need professional quality photos - Babies and toddlers never need professional photos. Extras need to provide a snapshot to their agents. Children under the age of ten do not need professional photos unless they are working regularly.
An agent cannot guarantee work - An agent who tells you that they have work for you must give you a copy of the signed contract along with the details of the job (who is hiring you, what you will be paid, etc.)
Agents are not casting directors and they don’t do screen tests - Agents earn commissions when their clients work. Casting directors are paid by the production and never take money from performers for any reason.
Agents specialize - Agents usually represent actors, extras OR models. Be wary if the agency claims to represent all of these categories. Legitimate agents make their money from commissions from your fees: 10% for theatre, 15% for film and TV, 20% for print and modelling fees.
No experience or training? - A talent agent will rarely represent you if you have no experience or training. Legitimate talent agents usually require actors to have some professional training and some theatre or film experience. Only background agents will represent inexperienced people who have no training and will generally try to get them non-speaking roles as extras.
Organizations from the legitimate entertainment industry banded together in 1996 to create the Entertainment Industry Coalition – a broad-based committee representing virtually the entire “talent” side of the Toronto industry. The EIC wrote down what clients should expect from legitimate agents in the EIC Code of Ethics and distributes this Code to arm the public with information about how legitimate agents operate.
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Greater Toronto Area, Southern Ontario
Located @ 182 Lake st. St. Catharines, Ontario
Being a small boutique-sized agency, this allows us the luxury of developing long-term relationships with our clients, particularly focusing on professional, creative and personal development by catering to individual needs.
Our goal is simple, “If you succeed, we succeed”.
Merritt Artist Management is based on honesty and integrity. We strictly adhere to the EIC (Entertainment Industry Coalition) code of Ethical Conduct and guidelines set by TAMAC (Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada).