We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions here. Please check to see if the information you are looking for is included. If not, go ahead and ask! But if you need immediate attention, please call the union directly at (855) 724-2387.

Can you recommend agents, managers or acting coaches? What about modeling schools?

There is a current list of SAG franchised talent agents in the Find an Agent area of our site. In fairness to all of our franchised agents, we do not recommend any one franchised agent over any other. Some of the franchised agents also handle modeling and print work. You'll need to check those details for yourself, as Screen Actors Guild does not have jurisdiction in those areas. Legitimate talent agencies do not charge a fee payable in advance for registering you, for resumes, for public relations services, for screen tests, for photographs, for acting lessons, or for many other services used to separate you from your money. If you are signed as a client by a legitimate talent agency, you will pay that agency nothing until you work, and then 10 percent of your earnings as a performer -- but nothing in advance. Legitimate talent agencies normally do not advertise for clients in newspaper classified columns nor do they solicit through the mail. If a purported talent agent seeks to send you to a particular photographer for pictures, hold your wallet tight and run for the nearest exit. Chances are s/he's a phony and receives a cut of the photographer's fee. If you need photographs, choose your own photographer. Better still, try another agent.

Incidentally, we do not have a formal relationship with "personal" or "business" managers. That doesn't mean they are bad or unnecessary; it just means that the Guild does not have an institutional relationship with them. There are well-established firms engaged in personal and business management. However, such firms usually handle established artists, and they neither advertise for newcomers, nor promise employment. The telephone number for the Talent Managers Association, formerly the Conference of Personal Managers, is (310) 205-8495.

We do not evaluate and/or recommend to members any sevice providers such as acting coaches, commercial workshops, modeling schools, photographers, or managers. There are so many people who want to be actors, and therefore unfortunately there are also many scam artists who will take your money and promise you acting jobs -- but deliver nothing. Use the same common sense you would use in making other major purchases: i.e., network, check with the Better Business Bureau, don't pre-pay full amounts, compare prices.

I've been held over an hour on several commercial interviews, and I haven't been paid. My agent doesn't seem interested in helping. What can I do?

Agents don’t always have access to information necessary to pursue these payments effectively. As long as you completed the sign-in sheet properly, you should receive your money. Contact either the Theatrical Contracts Department or the Commercials Contracts Department for assistance. You may also want to have a discussion with SAG’s Agency Department about your agent’s lack of interest in assisting you.

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