Frequently Asked Questions
Are you taking on new clients?
We hold open auditions in January every year. The rest of the year our books are closed. We may accept enquiries from actors who fill gaps in our books or who are already on Spotlight.
How much does it cost to join iD Talent?
NOTHING. We do not charge our clients to join the agency. There are some costs involved with getting set-up though, but those fees do not come to the agency.
Once accepted into the agency, we'll review your headshots and if we agree that they need updating then the client will be responsible for getting new headshots. Headshot fees vary from photographer to photographer, but we do partner with Adam Hills Photography, so if our new client choses to go to them then they can get a discount.
The only other set-up cost would be Spotlight fees, if the client qualifies for Spotlight. Spotlight fees vary from approx £100 - £160 per year. These fees are the client's responsibility to pay. NB: If our new client does not qualify for Spotlight then we'll discuss how we plan to submit them for opportunities.
We work solely on commission, so any jobs clients book while being represented by iD Talent will be charged a commission fee (rates vary).
When are your working hours?
Our office hours are 10AM - 6PM Monday through Friday.
Kimberly and Betsy share work days throughout the week, so the best why to get a hold of them is to call the main number 020 3371 5680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is having an agent a guarantee of work?
Here's the honest truth: No. We wish it was, but in reality, it isn’t. iD Talent will do their best to secure opportunities for every client but we can’t make any promises.
What exactly does an agent do?
An agent represents their clients, promoting them to casting directors and trying secure them auditions. If a client gets a part, an agent will negotiate the ‘deal’ and then handles collecting payment on the clients’ behalf.
How often will clients get auditions?
It’s impossible to say. Theatre shows, films and TV series are constantly going into production, many of which require a wide range of performers. Whilst there are opportunities out there, there is also a lot of very good competition – even just to get an audition in the first place. It could be 2 times in a week, 2 times in a month, or you might wait 6 months. Depending on what castings are available. It’s all about patience!
What sort of jobs are out there for kids?
In theatre, there are many parts for children both in the West End, regionally and on tour, and as well as the big parts in films and TV series. There is also a frequent need for child ‘supporting artists’ in adverts. These jobs are often good fun, don’t take up too much time and can be a great experience.
What legal requirements are there for clients under the age 16?
When a child is offered paid professional work and are under 16, they have to be licensed to perform by their Local Education Authority. Children are only licensed to perform for a certain number of days per year. They will also need a letter from their school and will have to undergo a short medical to ensure they are fit to work. We will go through all this with parents when it becomes necessary.
Will all auditions be in London?
Not all of them, but many in person auditions will be in London. However, there are many regional film, TV and theatre productions also happening, and in those cases auditions are likely to be elsewhere. We are also seeing an increase in self-tapes and online auditions, which you can do from your own home!
How much notice is given before an audition?
Anywhere between 12 hours to a few days. Being flexible really helps although we will try our best to get a convenient time slot for our client – i.e. after school hours or later in the day if it involves lengthy travel, or to accommodate school and work schedules.
How will clients find out about an audition?
Our first means of contact will be via text, followed by an email, and then a phone call if we haven't heard from the client in a couple of hours. We ask clients to confirm auditions by text or email ASAP so we can confirm with casting.
All audition details will be emailed to the client. In some situations, there will be pages of script (known as ‘sides’) to look at and prepare. We ask our clients to read the casting/audition information email closely, and if they have any questions we encourage them to contact us.
We expect our clients to be well prepared for auditions. Attending an audition not fully prepared appears unprofessional, but more importantly can be a negative experience for an actor who may feel self-conscious, exposed and nervous. To enjoy an audition fully and keep those nerves at bay as much as possible, actors should know the material inside out, if possible.
Will clients be told at the audition if they're through to the next round?
That's very unlikely. The casting director will contact us directly if they want to proceed to the next stage, known as a ‘recall.’ Clients should NOT try to contact them directly. Casting will contact us sometime in the next week if the client is moving on to the next round.
We rarely get told if it's a 'no'. If the client hasn't heard from us in 3-5 days then it is likely a 'no'.
Will clients get feedback if they don’t get the part?
Due to the high volume of people that casting directors will see for a part, they simply don’t have time to offer individual feedback for everyone, so clients shouldn’t expect it. Of course, if we do get any feedback regarding a client's audition, we will always pass it onto them.
And finally.....will clients earn any money?
It is likely clients will make some money (if they book jobs), but actors shouldn't enter this industry expecting this to make them rich! Joining an agency should be viewed as another rung on the ladder of a performing arts life.
That said, TV, film and commercials can be very lucrative, but most opportunities in musical theatre and voiceover recordings are lower pay. So again, the objective to join the agency should be that you love performing, and want the chance to do it in a professional environment.
Do you take on clients who don't qualify for Spotlight?
Yes, we do. It will be trickier to get them opportunities because many casting directors prefer to accept submissions via the Spotlight platform, but we will contact casting directors directly if our non-Spotlight client is right for a role.
We have strong relationships will many casting directors and we often push our clients for roles. Sometimes is works and sometimes not, but we'll keep at it until we find them the right opportunities.