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You are considering to register with us. But what can you expect from us?
What exactly does a casting agency do? Please find the most frequently
asked questions below…
- What does a casting agency do?
- How does a casting agency make money?
- Why do I have to make sure that the agency has accurate pictures of me?
- Why do my pictures need to be recent?
- Why is it important to be featured on the Dutch Casting Agency’s website?
- What should I and what should I certainly not invest in?
- How do I know if an agency is reliable?
- Your presentation material
- Be on time!
- Physical appearance
What does a casting agency do?
You could say that a casting agency acts as an intermediary between you
and the client. Clients looking for a model will approach the casting agency,
which will then make a pre-selection based on the client’s specifications.
If you are included in the pre-selection, you will be called in advance to
enquire whether you are available on a certain date and whether you are
interested in that specific assignment. Therefore, you are not obliged to
accept every assignment we offer you. In the end, the client chooses
which faces match his ideas best.
How does a casting agency make money?
All casting agencies will deduct a share of your earnings for intermediation
expenses. This, by the way, is the only way an agency can make a profit.
For instance, some casting agencies will charge a registration fee.
However. the Dutch Casting Agency does not. Nor do we offer
modelling classes or expensive photo shoots.
Why do I have to make sure that the agency has good pictures of me?
Usually, clients will only see pictures of you. You may be perfect for the
job, but if your pictures are inaccurate or unclear, the client will probably
not choose you and you could miss out on an interesting assignment.
Why do my pictures need to be recent?
Clients expect you to look like you do in the picture. If that is no longer
the case, you might still run the risk of missing out on an assignment.
And that of course would be a terrible shame. Furthermore, bookers
do not want to risk sending a model to an assignment that doesn’t look
like the person in the picture.
Why is it important to be featured on the Dutch Casting Agency’s website?
Increasingly often, clients don’t wait for the casting agencies to send
pictures, but decide to make a pre-selection themselves online. Therefore,
the odds of you not being asked for an assignment are increasing, simply
because you are not on the site.
What should I and what should I certainly not invest in?
Only invest in pictures, including a year book, being featured on an
internet site or possibly in set cards. But make sure you don’t pay
too much for your pictures.
How do I know if an agency is reliable?
- A respectable agency will not charge a registration fee.
- A respectable agency will be able to show you examples
of assignments with their own models.
- A respectable agency can always be reached during office hours.
- A respectable agency will accept professional pictures you bring
yourself and will not try to convince you to spend hundreds of
euros to have new pictures made at the agency.
- Many respectable agencies are members of the BMCB,
an association for model agencies.
Your presentation material
To present yourself well to our clients, your presentation material needs
to be up to date. If you’ve had your hair cut, or have changed significantly
in any other way, make sure that we have recent, professional pictures
available as quickly as possible. Models with pictures that are 3 or 4
years old will no longer be featured by us! (Even if you think you
haven’t changed at all). Therefore, make sure you send new pictures
or arrange an appointment for a new photo shoot (firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at +31 020-626 26 26). As for children, we require new, recent
pictures on a regular basis. Make sure you include changes in size and
length.You are allowed to take these pictures yourself.
Should you relocate or get a new (mobile) phone number without
informing us, we will not be able to reach you when a client is interested
in you. This means that you could be missing out on a great assignment.
Therefore, always make sure that your contact details are up to date.
For commercials in particular, clients often want to meet you in person
before making a final choice. Castings are always important: even if you
aren’t booked, the client has had the opportunity to see you, which may
increase your chances for a later assignment. Before every casting,
make sure to ask what type of clothes and make-up is best to wear
and if you need to learn any lines, so that you always go to a casting
well-prepared. Don’t forget to schedule the filmings in your agenda.
An option means that a client is interested in booking you. Your chances
to get the assignment increase considerably, but there’s no guarantee
yet. The client will inform the casting agency later whether your booking
is final or not. It is always important to make sure you can be reached,
especially in case of an option. If you’re hard to reach due to
circumstances, please call us to check if your option has become a
booking. Make sure to contact us during office hours
(from 9 AM until 6 PM).
Be on time!
If you have been booked for an assignment, always make sure you
are on time! Find out in advance how to get there and call the agency
if you have any questions.. For travel information you can call 0900-9292,
or check the website www.9292ov.nl or the home page of any of the Route
Planners. Also, make sure you bring our phone number and possibly the
client’s phone number. If you experience an unexpected delay, you can at
least let us inform the client.
Make sure you always look presentable when you go to a casting or an
assignment. You are your own personal business card and you only get
one chance to make a first impression! So: clean hair, clean nails and tidy
clothes. And ladies: don’t forget your armpits and bikini line when you are
booked for swimwear or lingerie. For men: find out in advance whether you
need to shave. Never change your appearance (e.g. by getting a haircut)
after a casting or prior to a photo shoot. Always inform your booker in
advance if you have any scratches, wounds or other changes to your
appearance she is not aware of.
Some clients will ask you to bring your own clothes. Sometimes there will
be a stylist available, but always make sure to enquire with the agency in
advance. It goes without saying that the clothes that you bring with you have
to be clean and ironed at all times. It is better to bring along more than you
require and don’t forget accessories such as nylons (2 pairs), skin coloured
underwear, scarves, socks, a briefcase, watches, bags, belts, etc.
If a make-up artist is present, make sure that you arrive on location without
make-up, so that they don’t need to waste time removing it. If there is no
make-up artist available, make sure to bring sufficient make-up with you,
so that you can do your own make-up, and do the basis of your make-up
at home. It is important to use loose powder (to prevent glimmering).
For men: sometimes you may need to have a one-day beard. To be on
the safe side, bring your shaving kit with you. Note that electricity is not
available at every location
For every booking the rule of thumb is: you are the agency’s business card
and, more importantly, your own! Prior to each assignment, we will let you
know how long the assignment is expected to take. However, the duration
of a shoot is hard to predict and you always need to take into account that
it may take longer. So make sure you don’t plan any other appointments
immediately after the scheduled ending time.
When you are on the set, take the following into account:
- Never bring friends with you to the set. It is extremely
disrupting and very unprofessional.
- Never discuss money with a client or fellow model.
That too Is not considered to be professional.
- Never sign anything that has not been discussed
with us in advance.
- Call us right away if you think something is wrong.
Always inform us within 24 hours after completing an assignment how
may hours you worked and, if applicable, what your travel expenses were.
The quicker we can send an invoice to the client, the quicker you will have
your money. But take into consideration that this could take up to two to
three months at least. And don’t forget that the amount you receive is a
gross amount (e.g. for photography or working as a background actor).
When you do an artistic assignment, like playing a role in a commercial,
you may invoice us if you have a VAT number and a VAR WUO
(Independent contractor status). Otherwise, your fee will have to be
settled by a payroll agency.