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?
We work on commission, so any jobs clients book while being represented by iD Talent will be charged a commission fee (rates vary).
If accepted into the agency, clients are responsible for the following:
£40 for headshots by MUG Photography at our agency headshot day (February)
Fees for a Spotlight account, which vary from approx. £100 - £160
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?
We wish! 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, trying to promote them to casting directors and 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. 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?
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 they are mainly 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, which you can record in your own home!
How much notice will I get of auditions?
Usually somewhere between 24 hours to a few days. Being flexible really helps although we will always try to get a convenient time slot for you – i.e. after school and later in the day if it involves lengthy travel or to accommodate school and work schedules.
How will clients find out about an audition?
We will phone, text and email clients to confirm they are able to make it and to give them all the details. In some situations, there will be pages of script (known as ‘sides’) to look at and prepare. If this is the case, we will email these through to them. Attending an audition not fully prepared appears unprofessional, but more importantly can be a negative experience for the young 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.
Will I be told at the audition if I'm through to the next round?
No. It’s not like X Factor. The casting director will call us directly if they want to proceed to the next stage, known as a ‘recall.’ You should NOT try to contact them directly. They will contact us sometime in the next week if you are moving on to the next round. We will not be told if it’s a 'no'. If you haven't heard from us in 5 days then it is likely a 'no'.
Will I get feedback if I 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 you shouldn’t expect it. Of course, if we do get any news, we will always pass it onto you.
And finally.....will I earn any money?
It is likely you'll make some money (if you book jobs), but you shouldn't enter this industry expecting this to make you rich! It should be viewed as another rung on the ladder of 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 more often and in a professional environment.