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Should you form an LLC for your acting, writing, film maker career? 4 Replies

Usually the answer will be yes.  First what is an LLC.  LLC stands for limited liability company which is a form of business entity usually less onerous than a corporation.  An LLC can be formed in…Continue

Started by Jon Zahaby. Last reply by Allison E. Francis Jun 21, 2010.

Okay. Talent Agents, Booking Agents, Managers...What they can and can't do and why they aren't lawyers. 2 Replies

Very Generally, As an actor or model you are a sole proprietor or business entity and should treat yourself as such. Just like lawyers you are selling your time and delivering your craft. However,…Continue

Started by Jon Zahaby. Last reply by Allison E. Francis May 28, 2010.

Trial this week. 1 Reply

Sorry guys/gals.  I have trial this week so slammed.  I will be back Monday with...what are talent agents, booking agents, managers, etc. What they can and can't do and why they aren't lawyers. …Continue

Started by Jon Zahaby. Last reply by Allison E. Francis May 20, 2010.

Booking AGents

Will booking agents require a commission per show, or just a flat fee in their contracts?cheers! Continue

Started by Allison E. Francis May 18, 2010.

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Comment by Larry "Tex" Southard on August 13, 2010 at 1:04pm
Hi Jon

I got a question on the ADA Law & casting in the industry
Can a casting director/show be in violation of the ADA law if they refuse to cast or even give a disabled performers an audition ?
I myself am a PWD (Performers With Disablites) & have wondered if the ADA Law applies to this industry ?
I'm not sure if this is your field or not
Comment by Shawn Lathrop on May 18, 2010 at 6:09pm
Aloha Jon! Man, I wish you were here when this site first started. I had a problem with an agency here on the Big Island that would not let me out of my contract after they stopped finding me work, tried to make me do modeling and acting jobs for free and tried to collect commission on work that I got on my own. Could you address the issue of talent/modeling contracts with agencies and what people need to look out for?
Comment by Jon Zahaby on May 12, 2010 at 8:05am
Child Acting Consent Form: A Child Acting Consent is used by a child's parent(s) or guardian(s) to grant the child permission to participate in a production (for example, a play, motion picture, or television show). It specifies whether the child will have an escort while on set, and also states the parent's/guardian's contact information. This should be a RESTRICTED CONSENT. Meaning ABSOLUTELY NO:
- Risking his or her physical well being as in performing physical
- Being exposed to morally compromising situations
- Being nude or partially nude
- Engaging in overt sexual acts
The governing labor union, if any, and state and federal laws
regulate the activities of child actors. However, limitations imposed
by laws are not uniform across the states or beyond national boundaries. Therefore we can't always trust the authorities or SAG to protect our children. Be a proactive parent. If they don't want to hire your child because you adjust their consent form then walk away.
Comment by Christy Helene Read on May 3, 2010 at 1:53pm
I have a million questions ---and most certainly be in touch

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