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What is a General Contract Agreement? What about other contracts?

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General Contract

When an actor signs with an agency, they will either sign a General Contract Agreement or a SAG-AFTAR franchise agreement.  Actors will have to sign a contract to confirm they are the agency’s client– and their client only. If you’re with two commercials agents (or two theatrical agents) two things will happen: 1. Casting directors will be agitated when you are double-submitted, and 2. Agencies will fight over who got you the audition and who will receive the commission for the role you book.  With these things in mind, it is best to only sign with one agency per category.  So you can have one commercial, one theatrical, one voiceover, one print, etc.  Signing with an agent means that they are the ones who will submit you to casting directors and they are the ones that will receive commission when you book a job.

Contracts for Talent Agencies (General Contract Agreement vs. SAG-AFTRA)

SAG-AFTRA contracts are still being used by many Talent Agencies, and most major motion pictures and television productions will require you to sign a SAG-AFTRA contract.  but many reputable talent agencies are using a GENERAL CONTRACT AGREEMENT for non-union jobs as well. A general contract means that the agencies have NOT continued to maintain a SAG-AFTRA franchise agreement.

Favored Nations Contract

According to SAG-AFTRA, a favored nations contract means each actor on a project receives equal compensation.  This includes: payment, billing and other provisions specified in the contract.

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