Is there any SAFE acting agencies in Florida?

Im 16 years old and i joined two acting/model agencies, Interface and JCsouthFlorida. and i did some research and i heard they are scams so i left there agencies. I hate wasting my money and my Mom’s money too. Should i give up on my dreams? Cause i feel every agencies is a scam, Should i just move to New york or california? Cause florida is a big scam. Please help?

3 Responses to “Is there any SAFE acting agencies in Florida?”

  • Katrina E.:

    You (and your Mom) fall for scams because you haven’t done the research to learn about the acting industry. Moving to NY or CA isn’t going to change anything – there are just as many (if not more) scams and rip offs there. Neither of those companies were talent agencies. Interface is provides marketing services for actors JC is an acting school. Both these companies provide the exact services they said they would. They may be overpriced and/or unnecessary, but they did provide the services. You and your Mom need to learn what services you really do need and what they don’t. You need to be able to network and talk to others in the industries to find out who in your area provides quality services that you can use.

    Talent agents are the go between for a production company/talent agency and an actor. They represent the actor. They are paid on commission, getting a percentage of what their clients make. They do NOT make their money providing services to actors, they make their money when their clients book jobs. Because they’re paid when their clients are paid, they are picky about who they take on as clients. And they can be picky because there are a lot more people wanting to be actors than there are roles.

    Many people think professional actors are somehow “discovered”. They’re not. Some people think they just have to get an agent and they’re set. They’re not.

    Professional acting is a business and people are in it to make money. Having a professional acting career is like starting a company and you are the product that has to be marketed and sold. So you need a good product (talent, training and experience), but you also have to understand the business end of the industry. And since you’re a minor YOUR PARENTS have to be the ones in charage. They have to be willing to be the CEO of your acting career. Attempting a professional acting career is a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee of a return on that investment.

    Should you give up on your dream? If you’re dream is to show up at some open audition and be discovered and given a professional acting career and you become rich and famous – then yes, give it up because that’s not how it works. If you have a passion for acting and love performing – then don’t give up the dream yet. Take the time to figure out exactly what is involved in an acting career.

    Your focus should be on learning and growing as an actor. You want to build a local reputation as a talented, committed, responsible actor. Some options you have:

    * Taking acting classes. Voice and dance lessons can be helpful too. You’ll want a school/program that has a strong reputation with well-respected instructors.

    * Audition for what you can – school plays, community theater, student films, local productions. Performing with a choir or a dance troupe or other performance group is also helpful. Contact local film schools and ask how they find actors for student films and check those resources. Check out the websites for your local film commission and see what opportunities are there.

    * Read plays and scripts – all kinds – and keep an eye out for characters and monologues you love and want to develop.

    * Read books and websites about acting – the craft/technique and the business end of things too.

    * Join Speech/Drama club and look into competing in the acting divisions of forensic competitions.

    * Get together with friends and play improv games, make your own home movies or web series, put on your own productions.

    * Keep up your grades in school. Embrace learning, you never know when you can somehow use that information later.

    While you do that your parents can research the business end of things. They’ll need to understand the casting process, who the players are, what they do (and don’t do). They need to understand industry contracts, actor unions, how to market your skills. They’ll need to learn how to network and make connections in the industry. Some websites you and your parents should look over to help you out:

    Good luck.

  • TheBeautyIs:

    I’m sure there are agencies in some of the bigger cities. A good rule of thumb, if you’re looking, is this: an agent doesn’t ask for money up front. They get a percentage – tenish, usually – of whatever you make from work they get you. They can ask you to get new headshots and suggest some options, they can ask you to get more training and suggest some classes, but they should never force you into one, specific thing – if they’re getting money without you getting work, you’re getting ripped off. Full stop.

  • Zoe:

    Each state has their disadvantages in terms of acting, but in some ways it is better to live in a small state than a large state if you want to become a professional actor. WAIT BEFORE YOU’VE “HIT IT BIG” TO MOVE. Moving (and acting!) are big commitments, and it’s not a good idea to move if you’ve only been acting a short time.
    (*Actually Jennifer Lawrence lives in Kentucky!)

    Each of the following FILM / TV / COMMERCIAL acting agents are certified by SAG, the national actor’s union (this ensures you get full pay).

    Here are certified agents located in South Florida:

    7378 W Atlantic Blvd., Suite 218, Margate, FL 33063

    149-B NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 1, Delray Beach, FL 33444
    (954) 428-4677

    10051 McGregor Blvd. #108, Fort Myers, FL 33919
    (239) 645-6870

    3525 Vista Court, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
    (305) 858-3002

    119 Washington Ave.,Suite 501 Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (305) 674-9500

    3780 SW 30th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
    (954) 321-8883

    1000 5th Street, Suite 203, Miami Beach, FL. 33139
    (305) 357-0601

    2700 N. Miami Avenue, Suite 301, Miami, FL 33127
    (305) 532-9225

    2121 N. Bayshore Drive, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33137,
    (786) 277-6108

    10 NE 11 Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
    (954) 525-8351,

    2131 Hollywood Boulevard #308, Hollywood, FL 33020
    (954) 921-2427

    1688 Meridian Avenue, Suite 500, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (305) 538-3529

    3001 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd, #303, Pembroke Park, FL 33009
    (954) 241-7376

    1100 West Avenue, Suite 326 Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (305) 672-9344

    1460 Ocean Dr, # 205, Miami Beach, FL
    305) 672-5437

    1460 Ocean Dr, #205, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (305) 672-5437

    Good luck! I hope this helped!

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