Does a Talent Agent Pay for my Headshots?
Talent agents do NOT pay for your child’s head shots. In fact, they don’t pay for any of your child’s business expenses. They do not “sponsor” actors to fly out from another state or nation. Instead, YOU will pay the agent 10% commission upon booking a job (for union work) and 20% commission (for non-union work). Granted, upon booking a job, a production company might pay for your travel, but not an agency. Parents, once your child actor gets hired in an on-camera role, you will be able to write off acting expenses headshots, acting classes, travel, etc. on your taxes for that year. You need to think of your child’s acting career just like any other business. They call it Show “Business,” not Show “Art.” And like any business you have start-up costs. At the very least, you will need to invest in good headshots and acting training.
At my acting school for kids, teens, and young adults in Los Angeles we offer ACTING CAREER Seminars that teach the “business of the business.” Topics include: the importance of great pictures, the needed legal paper work, how to write a entertainment resume, and the reasons your child should never stop attending acting classes.