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Talent Agents

Choosing a Talent Agent to represent you is one of the most important and difficult tasks you will encounter as a Performer.  Talent Agents negotiate your above-minimum rates and working conditions for all the productions for which you will be hired.  Your relationship with your Agent is crucial.  Choose wisely and always do your own personal research into any agency you are considering for representation.

If a Talent Agency charges an exorbitant “sign-up” or “administration fee”, they are already making money without having to actually find work for performers.  Talent Agents should make their money by charging only the industry standard commission rate, 15% plus GST, on work they procure for you in the film and television industry.  Also, an Agent should help you with your resume and give you pointers on headshots; you should not be required to use a particular photographer/make up artist, etc.  If they force services on you, the Agent is likely making more money off of an unsuspecting performer.  If an agency guarantees you work, or tells you that they are working with a particular production, these are likely false claims.

WE CANNOT GIVE OUR OPINION ABOUT WHETHER A PARTICULAR AGENCY IS LEGITIMATE OR NOT.  DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Points to Consider When Choosing an Agent

  • Does the Agency currently represent ACTRA Full Members, Apprentice Members and ACTRA Additional Background Performers?
  • Is the Agent familiar with all the Collective Agreements negotiated and administered by ACTRA?
  • Are they registered with a breakdown service (i.e. Casting WorkbookBreakdown Services)?
  • Does the Agency use pressure tactics, discounts, and promises or guarantees of work and money?
  • Does the Agency charge you for services performed on your behalf? If yes, what are the services and how much do they charge? Are the fees reasonable for the services they claim to provide to you?
  • Does the agency require you to take classes and workshops from them? Agencies may offer classes and workshops, but you should not be required to take them as a condition of your representation.
  • Does the Agency require you to use an in-house or specified photographer? (They may recommend photographers, but they should not require you to use a specific photographer.)
  • Does the Agency ask you to sign a contract without giving you time to think about your decision or without suggesting you check it with a lawyer?
  • Are you comfortable with the cancellation terms in the Agency contract?
  • Who receives residual payments on your behalf after you terminate your relationship with your current Agent?  Remember to speak with other Performers about their own personal representation and experiences. This may also assist you in making your choice for the right Agent for you.

Below, you will find a list of Talent Agencies that operate in Calgary and Edmonton- THEY ARE NOT FRANCHISED AGENTS.  ACTRA does not endorse, promote or recommend Talent Agencies.  This listing is simply a courtesy.  Before settling on one agency, DO YOUR HOMEWORK.  Meet with different agencies until you find the one that will represent you to the extent you desire.

Talent Agencies are businesses.  Contact the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta to see if a complaint has been lodged against the Agency you are investigating.

ACTRA is not responsible for the business practices of any of these agencies and does not have any recourse against an agency should you feel you have been treated unfairly.

ACTRA reserves the right to add or remove agencies from this listing at its sole discretion.

THE FOLLOWING TALENT AGENCIES HAVE AGREED TO OUR ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT.

If you believe an agent is not adhering to the code, please email branch representative  Tina Alford at talford@actra.ca.

All information will be kept confidential.

CALGARY TALENT AGENCIES

The Characters Talent Agency – Calgary (Principal)
Contact: Jayson Marshall
Website: www.thecharacters.com

Dagaz Talent (Principal)
3014-28 Street SW
Calgary, AB   T3E 2J4
Contact: Roxanne Ellison
Phone: (403) 230-3220
Website: www.dagaztalent.com

Dark Horse Talent Management (Principal)
Contact: Tracy Walaschuk
Phone: (403)870-2139 (no cold calls please)

Dean Stewart Talent Agency
Contact:  Dean Stewart 
Phone:  (403) 230-8831

Details Talent (Principal and Model)
Contact: Kelsea Forzani
Phone: (403) 801-9555
Website: www.detailstalent.com

Hope Management (Principal/Background/Theatre)
Agents: Sarah Park
Cell: 403.973.0515
Website: www.hopemanagement.ca

Patti Falconer Talent (Model, Principal and Background)
2523-17 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB   T3E 0A2
Contact: Patti Falconer
Phone: (403) 249-8222
Website: www.pattifalconer.com

RJ Talent Calgary (Principal / Background)
Contact: Shawna Church or Helen Campbell
Suite 1067 #240-70 Shawville Blvd SE
Calgary, AB T2Y 2Z3
Phone: Shawna (403) 650-3462   or   Helen (403) 614-8982
Website: www.rjtalent.com

Sophia Models & Talent (Principal, Model and Background)
Contact: Bill Giofu
Phone: (403) 228-3610
Email:  agent@sophiamodels.com

Ten48 Inc (Principal)
Contact: Jay Fox
Phone: (403) 560 1048
Email:  info@ten48.com

 

EDMONTON TALENT AGENCIES

Darryl Mork Talent Mgmt (Principal)
Contact:Darryl Mork
Phone (780) 455 – 4215

Ebbels Talent Alberta (Principal)
Contact: Elizabeth Ebbels
Phone: (780) 988-9342

Great West Canadian Talent (Principal and Background)
Contact: Bill Davidson
Phone: (780) 944-1591

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