How much will it cost to Join?
London Arts Management does not charge any joining or admin fees; we work solely on commission.
However, there are two upfront costs which will need to be paid annually to give clients the best chance of work.
We recommend that all our clients pay for a listing in The Spotlight (www.spotlight.com) which is currently £98.00 for the year and pay for professional headshots which we can arrange with our photographers. The cost for this is £50.00 for a group session, more for a private session.
Will my child have to miss school?
Most professional work involves time off school or college.
For under 16’s to work, we will be required to process a children’s performance license through their Local Education Authority (LEA). Parents will have to submit a permission for absence form to the school and if approved we will advise on the paperwork we need for the licence.
A tutor will be provided on set by the production company if required. It’s important that your school and head teacher are supportive of your child’s acting career, so try to bring them on side if they are not already.
Can you guarantee work for your clients?
Like any other agency, we can’t guarantee work for our clients, nor can we guarantee auditions!
We receive casting breakdowns every day, and we suggest our clients for all the roles that they’re suitable for. However, there are many talented children and young actors looking for work and only a limited number of jobs.
How much notice will we get for auditions?
Typically casting directors send us appointments for castings for the following day, which means it is not unusual for clients to have only 24 hours notice, sometimes with scenes to learn. Since appointments are limited, it is essential that you let us know if you are unavailable in advance, otherwise, we will expect you to be able to get to central London the next day for an audition usually between 4pm and 6pm.
We cannot stress enough, how important it is that you are always contactable and that you inform us as soon as possible if, for any reason, you can not get to a casting on time.
Where does the work take place?
A lot of work takes place in or around London i.e. the South East of England, however, we also get briefs for work abroad and for touring theatre productions, TV & Film which shoot on location across the UK.
Can I be represented by more than one agency?
Unfortunately not. Like most agencies, we insist on having the sole representation of our clients and ask that all work offers are directed to us. If a client is approached about a job directly, we ask that you refer it to us. We need to ensure that the correct fees are paid and that child performance regulations are being adhered to. Plus it avoids any confusion over who submitted a client for a job. You wouldn’t want to end up paying two sets of commission.
Do you handle modelling work?
No, not at the moment. If it is modelling rather than acting work that you are interested in, then you would be better off applying to a specialist modelling agency, as the acting and modelling industries are very different.
What is a Self Tape, and how do I make one?
A self-tape is a filmed recording of an actors audition scenes, done using a smartphone, tablet or video camera which we then forward to casting for their consideration.
It is increasingly common for casting directors to ask for ‘self-tapes’ instead of bringing actors in for an initial meeting.
If casting sees something they like in the tape they will then bring the actor in to meet in person, or sometimes straight to meet with the director.
The upside of self-tapping is it allows more actors a chance to be considered for roles that might not otherwise be possible with traditional ‘first-round’ meetings. It also saves you the time and expense of travelling into central London for a role that you might not be quite right for.
Click on the link below to go to Spotlights Tips on Self Taping