Where Can You Find Talent Agency Reviews?

30Sep08

Three talent agencies have expressed interest in Twitter Baby. One wants a meeting and the other 2 want to outright sign her. Of course they do. She’s adorable.

The question is, which agency do we go with?

Doing some extensive online research Google searching hasn’t revealed very much. So, we’re left asking friends and colleagues who and what they know.

Which agencies are good and which are shady? Do they already represent 1200 other kids of the same age? What are the horror stories of Agency A compared to Agency B and Agency C? How much work did you book with Agency A?

When you have to make a choice, where do you go for reviews on talent agencies in L.A.?

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9 Responses to “Where Can You Find Talent Agency Reviews?”

  1. Most of the time, you can trust your instints when you meet them in person and get a feel for the office. And go ahead and ask them directly how many clients their department handles. You should be interviewing them! Don’t listen too closely to other client’s opinions on how much they go out – that’s their story, doesn’t necessarily reflect on the agent. And read the contract carefully!

    I like to do a search on Hollywood Happy Hour’s message boards for any past posts about the agent. Also, K Callan has a great book on LA agents.

  2. Thanks, quernzy. I found the same to be true with my own search as well.

  3. 3 Fuming

    Warning **** DO NOT USE CHARTER TALENT AGENCY***** THEY ARE SCAM ARTISITS.

    My company booked a comedian thru Charter Talent Agency, several months in advance of the performance date. I kept in contact with them via email, making sure everything was going smoothly. The week of the event I tried calling several times and emailing, to get NO response. I was starting to become concerned, and the day before the event my concerns turned into fears. The hotel my company had booked for the comedian, called to say that the reservation name was changed on the room. Again, calling Charter Talent to get no response. Finally, I did receive a call back saying that the comedian we put a deposit down on and paid for could not make the event, but a replacement comedian was driving in and would be there. There was some relief, but still an uneasy feeling on how things had been handled and communicated. The night of the event the replacement comedian shows up and it was the worst comedy show myself and others had ever seen. This guy was not funny and most of the room vacated early, as it was torturous to watch. When I called the agency to express our disappointment, he told me that the comedian thought the show went great, which greatly differed from what he had told us aftet the show. We were suppose to be sent a refund of money from the agency, because they did not follow thru on the contract. After weeks of trying to communicate with the agency was again and being told the check was in the mail and he was looking into it, the agent, Bill Green said that there was a shake up going on in the company and his “boss” did not have the authority to authorize the refund. Upon contacting the secretary of state for Michigan, where this agency is located out of, and reviewing their annual statements you can see that they are registered under several different names, with the individual signing the annual stmts having different names as well, but the same writing. I called one of the other companies contact numbers, and Bill Green answered the phone, but his name was now “Andy Fletcher”. Scam artist is more like it, the bait and switch is what they pull. You watch videos of a comedian and you pay for that comedian and they never intend on booking that comedian, instead they switch you with a low rate comedian and you are left with disappointment!!

  4. I have found a lot of luck with http://talent-agencies.findthebest.com/, they have a TON of info!

  5. I used the Charter Talent company to book a comedian and found the comedian to be funny. I just wanted to post this because I am going to use them again for a birthday party for my husband. With anything you book off the internet you should ask for references. to sum it up Charter Talent is a good company to book a comedian.

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