Why don’t Agencies and Managers work with Babies? Why Starlets?
There are a myriad of reasons that most agents really are adverse to working with young children. There is a book of child labor laws a mile thick, children’s hours are very limited on a production set. Their limited hours directly affect their income, and that indirectly affects the Talent Agents income. Another important reason also is because young children change all the time, their pictures constantly need to be updated, this takes time and staff.
If a Talent Agent represents an adult in comparison, they do not time restrictions because of their age. Why then would an agent choose to work with a child, and not an adult? It is definitely a niche. There are agents also that specialize in Hispanic talent, Asian talent, etc.
Another reason…. an agent would not be dancing (no offense) at the thought of having to educate a new parent to the entertainment industry…… New parents have a ton of questions, and require a lot of hand holding. This all takes time and energy, and takes an agent away from what they should be doing…booking jobs, and earning a commission ( 10-20%).
New parents also come into the Talent Agency with unreal expectations. They have been told at every mall that their baby/child should model or ‘be on TV!’ Then, the parent doesn’t get a sitcom their first month with the agency, and they are disappointed. They complain to the agent they’re not going out enough for auditions. Unrealistic expectations are the parents worse enemy. Lol.
Yes, there is a lot to consider from the agents point of view!
Just ask yourself this.
If YOU were a successful agent or manager that had thousands of industry clueless parents (we say this with the utmost respect), whom all believe THEIR KIDDO is the cutest EVER, banging your door down, which scenario would YOU prefer…
Deal with these parents all on your own, OR… broker out to a third-party service (yup-us!) that handles ALL of the pre screening and pre qualifying of the kids AND PARENTS, acting as a ‘clearing house’ of sorts, as well as dealing with the never-ending industry new parent ‘hand holding’… ?
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