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Question Posted Tuesday November 11 2008, 2:19 pm

Is Lily's Talent Agency in Chicago a scam?

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solidadvice4teens answered Thursday November 13 2008, 12:12 pm:
I don't live in Chicago but it could be. How to tell? Are they making promises of roles to people they can't keep? Do they want to charge you for pictures, lessons, a portfolio? Do they want to put your image on the Internet to get you roles? Do they want money up front? If so RUN.

You shouldn't hire any agent that isn't listed as reputable on the ACTRA web site in Canada and SAG in America. They are the unions representing actors. They put out a list of good agents. If your agency isn't listed there don't sign with them.

The biggest scam these days is agencies that want money for representing you or for a portfolio, photos, lessons or putting your info on the Internet. Casting directors never use the Internet to cast anyone.

An agent never gets a thing up front. They make 10% of what you earn from jobs they got you. The only exception to the rule is for a kids only agency or a background talent agent for extras. They can charge up to $100.00 a year as people keep bailing once they see that there is often 18 hour work days involved in certain shoots.

If you're looking to see how films are made and experience that process get a background talent agent to be an extra in film and TV shot in a large city near you. Then you'll know if you want to pursue this further with a principal agent who reps 10-20 people for regular gigs.

They don't take on anyone without experience or raw talent. A kids/teen agency listed on the SAG/ACTRA lists would suit you if you find you enjoy being an extra first.

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