Hey, Reader! Thanks for your interest in MTP and our blog. If you are an actor in Seattle and you want to work in commercials, film, television, industrial videos, or voice over, having an agent is pretty darn important! Below you will find some of the agencies in our fair city. The names below are not listed in any particular order, and some agencies that work primarily with models have not been included, as that is not our area of expertise.
Here are the SAG-AFTRA franchised agencies:
NOTE: When interview with talent agencies, this old adage is still mostly true: "Agents only make money if you make money." Meaning, an agent should only make money from the commissions you pay them after you book jobs. Some agencies do require actors to pay "website fees," which seem to be about $100 annually, if at all (you might be able to negotiate with your agent and have this fee waived - read the fine print of your contract). Also, when signing with an agent, you may be asked to maintain a profile on Casting Networks and/or Casting Frontier. These casting sites, I believe, have annual fees, and may even charge for headshot changes on your online profile. Agencies which look for money from you up front or those who require that you take their acting classes or get new headshots with "their" photographers are usually considered less respectable. However, we recommend interviewing with as many agents as possible to find the right fit for you.
Here is an article on how to avoid getting scammed when trying to get your kid "discovered."
The David S. Hogan Show covers talent agencies here.