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There are no stand-alone acting agencies in New England, like there are in LA, NYC or other bigger cities.
Why? Not enough work for the agent to pay his/her bills from 10% of the actors' bookings. And on a smaller scale, Massachusetts has a anti-business law that makes the business owner (producer, store, etc.) pay an extra 10% to the actor so if an agent (see below) does take 10% of the actor's pay, it essentially comes out of the business owner's pocket not the actors; so actors with any sort of theatrical (Film/TV) representation are technically more expensive than actors who are not represented. However, the prevailing reason is the former.
Transparency note: I, Bradley J., am represented by Maggie, Inc. and they deserve every penny of whatever work goes through the agency.
"Actor A" is represented by Maggie, Inc. a SAG-AFTRA signatory modeling agency.
"Actor B" is not represented.
Both actors are SAG-AFTRA members up for a TV spot that pays, for demonstration purposes only, $1,000.
If Producer Biff Wannabe hires "Actor A" his cost will be 10% higher or roughly $1,100. When Maggie, Inc. takes its 10%, "Actor A" receives roughly $1,000.
There are two print modeling agents that act as theatrical agents and are SAG-AFTRA signatory: Maggie, Inc. and Model Club, Inc. and they are both highly regarded and reputable agencies.
All acting opportunities on films and TV shows, come through Casting Directors of which there are 5 in the New England area:
If you're listed with Maggie or Model Club the above listed casting directors usually contact you through them, but there is no rule or law against a casting director contacting you directly. If you are contacted for a Film/TV audition through Maggie or Model Club that extra 10% law in Mass kicks in, if you book the job.
Q: Will Maggie, Inc. or Model Club, Inc. work to find actors acting jobs?
A: For the most part, no; unless they submit actors living in NE to NYC jobs.
Q: Why not?
A: see reasons above in first paragraph.
Note: the casting directors do not take any % of the actors' pay; they get paid by the company or film producer that hired them to audition the talent.
Last updated by Bradley J. Van Dussen Oct 8, 2014.