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Types of Talent Agents for your Child Actor

July 25, 2018

Know the Differences and Choose Well

What type of Talent Agent is right for your child?

Within the business of entertainment, there are many different types of talent agents.  You’ll want to focus on the type of agents who represent actors within your child’s specific area of interest or expertise.  Here is a quick list of the different types of agents, and the kind of artists they represent:

Commercial Agent
A Commercial Agent represents talent for television and radio commercials.  Broadcast is the key here; don’t confuse Commercial Agents with print agent s who represents models for commercial print ads.
Think: "You're promoting a product or service."

Print Agent
A Print Agent represents models for commercial print modeling work. This could be work for you’re your child at magazines, in newspaper ads, on the Internet, for direct mail pieces, product packaging or live runway.
Think: "You're showing off a look or a product line, such as clothing, shoes, or sports gear."

Legit Agent
A Legit Agent is an agent for the 'legitimate' stage.  Look for a Legit Agent to represent your child for musical theatre, stage plays, dance, choir, and the like.  
Think: "You're ready to perform on Broadway."

Theatrical Agent
A Theatrical Agent represents talent for television and film work. This includes movies, sitcoms, episodic and soaps.
Think: "You're playing a character in a scripted film or TV performance."

Voice Over Agent
Look for a Voice Over Agent when your child is interested in representation for audio recordings. These artists are generally heard, not seen.
Think: "You're on a radio ad or in an animated feature."

Literary Agent
A Literary Agent represents screen writers.  These agents do not represent actors.
Think:  "You're writing and selling a book or script."

When looking for the right type of agent for your child actor, be sure to keep the following in mind:
  • Some agents will represent you for more than one category.  For example, they will cover both commercial and print, and some agents prefer to represent you "Across the Board", which means that they will want to represent you in all areas of production.
  • No matter what, it's important to know that your agent works for you, not the other way around, so you should consider their background and experience before making a decision.

For a comprehensive list of Talent Agents, consult ChildrenInFilm.com’s Member Directory here.