QUESTION: | How do I know if a talent manager is legit?

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  • QUESTION:

    How do I know if a talent manager is legit?

    (By AM Staff)

    (Photo: Andrea Piacquadio | Pexels)

    QUESTION:

    How do I know if a talent manager or talent agent is legit?

    ANSWER:

    Are they asking you for money up front, as a condition for representation? Are they implying or making promises about getting you on certain television shows? Are they promising you auditions with major networks like the Disney Channel or streaming services like Netflix?

    Are they pressuring you into giving them money, claiming that they only have a limited number of spots available for actors to join them? Are they conducting a “talent search” in your area, then conducting “callbacks” for nearly every actor who went to the original audition?


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    These are all signs that you’re dealing with a scammer, not a reputable manager. Making outlandish promises is not what reputable managers do. Pressuring you to sign up without thoroughly evaluating your talent and potential is not what reputable agents and managers do. Asking you for money up front is not what reputable agents and managers do!

    So, how do you know you’re being scammed? Just remember the warning signs:

    *If they’re asking for money up front, it’s a scam!

    *If they’re making big promises about what television shows they can get you auditions for, using well-known names like Disney, Netflix or Amazon Prime, it’s a scam!

    *If they’re constantly boasting about all the big-name actors they’ve worked with in the past (“I taught Brad Pitt” or “I discovered Zendaya”), it’s a scam!

    *If they’re conducting sketchy “talent searches”, it’s a scam!

    *If they’re requiring you to take headshots with them or to take acting classes with them, it’s a scam!

    When in doubt, keep your money in your pocket and do your research! Don’t become a victim to a scammer who only wants to sell you a dream!


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