Why being represented by a Modeling or Talent Agency is much better than being independent

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When an Advertising Agency, Photographer, Graphic Design, Casting Director or Corporation needs a model, the easiest thing for them to do is to pick up the phone and call a Modeling or Talent Agency.

The client knows that they will be getting real, professional models and may be willing to pay you top dollar. They also know that they’ll have to deal with the future usage issue which is good for you as a model. Rates can be doubled and tripled depending on the time and location of usage of the job.
Models often come and go. For a client using freelance or independent models, keeping track of who is available to model is just too big a burden for most companies to deal with. Instead of making one or two calls they have to advertise and deal with dozens if not hundreds of prospective models not knowing the experience level and reputation of the talent they are dealing with. Rather than going to all that trouble, they just depend on the professionals to do their legwork for them, the Modeling Agency.

Many clients, like the rest of us, like to spend as little money as possible. Many modeling gigs may be for a surprisingly short period of time. Clients will try to hire models for an hour at a time. Modeling agencies will try to keep that to a minimum by demanding a minimum fee and time period from their clients, usually, 2 -4 hours. That’s another reason that Modeling Agencies are worth their commission alone.
I have witnessed hundreds of times models not represented making 80-90 percent less money because the clients know they are vulnerable. Paying your agency 10-20 percent commission and making sure you actually are paid is a much better route to take. Plus the agency has often thousands of potential clients they can promote you to.Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.20.58 PM

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Craze Agency Modeling and Acting Tips

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1-Always bring an agency approved photo to the audition. Even if it is at a callback or you have met the client before. No exceptions!
2-Always bring an agency approved resume to the audition. No exceptions!
3-You must staple the resume back to back to your photo. Do not ever attend an audition without both your headshot and resume stapled back to back. One staple in each corner!
3a-For modeling auditions always bring your portfolio and cards, be proud and confident in your photos.
4-Always be 10-15 minutes early to your audition and make sure you have the correct address and directions to the audition. No exceptions or excuses!
5-Once at the audition look for a sign in sheet and make sure you clearly fill in the correct information if there is a sign in sheet.
6-Do not bother or ask the Casting director or client many questions, research them before the audition.
6a-Often modeling auditions are also based on your personality and ability to take directions. They also want to work with someone who is interesting and fun to work with.
7-If they are recording the audition they will ask you to slate. When they say “slate” look into the camera and smile and confidently say hello my name is (state your full name). They may also ask you to state the part you are playing and your agency. Do not tell them this information unless they ask for it!Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 9.24.43 PM
8-When you are ready to perform your part find the mark or place they would like you to stand or sit (your option to stand or sit unless they specify).
9-When you start your performance only read to the person you are having the dialog with. Do not look at the camera or the casting director, client etc. unless they are performing the scene with you.
10-Give as much eye contact as possible to the person you are reading with, even when they are reading their lines. Really listen to them and react naturally to what they say.
11-When you perform the scene act as natural and believable as possible. You must come off as being very relaxed, comfortable and confident.
12-Really know the scene and characters inside and out. Prepare it over and over. Try to have the scene memorized, but make sure you know the lines and never break character!
13-The auditions are not practice sessions. The clients auditioning you expect you to know what you are doing and be a professional finished product. Get the training before you start attending auditions!
14-Often they will not have you do the scene more than once. If they do and they give you directions or changes really go overboard making the changes.
15-Have and project that you are having fun. Remember you are an entertainer. Clients do not want to hire or be around boring run of the mill talent.
16-If you receive a call back, try to look and perform the scene the same
17-Do not call your agency after each audition asking if you were hired or have received a call back. They will call you if they want to book you.
18-If you accept an audition you must attend!!!! No exceptions. If you are not 100% sure you can attend, do not accept the audition, we will understand. (We usually give the client an advanced time sheet on who exactly will be at the audition and what time they are scheduled). If you are not going to be available when the job if being completed do not accept the audition.
19-Do not get discourage if they did not hire you. Every client and situation is different. The biggest key to success in this business is patience and perseverance!!!!!
20-It is your career, so practice, practice, practice, because the competition is!

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Actors and models, how to handle success and rejection

Actors and models, when you go out or submit for a lot of auditions whether you get booked or not casting directors, clients and agents really respect and admire you. We want you to continually try hard and audition as often as possible. It shows you are serious and eager!
If you are a model or actor that is not fortunate enough to book a job that you have auditioned for or submitted your photo or resume, it can be extremely disappointing. Rest assured a good agent and client realizes you are a valuable commodity to our industry. Believe it or not a busy agent’s biggest problem and also paying clients, is finding really good talent that fit exactly what they are looking for on the particular job they need to book.

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I truly believe that many of the actors and models that are not successful , feel like it’s a waste of time to go out on an audition if they’ve been turned down a few times and not booked. The reality is you need to just keep trying; you may have been extremely close to picking up one or more of the jobs you audition for but ultimately did not get that particular job. If you walk into the next new audition with the same excitement and enthusiasm you did on your first audition, chances are you will be the lucky one booked sooner than later.
Once you are booked often what happens next is that client may book you over and over again because you have proven you are easy to work with and good at what you do. The next time you go out on a job other clients will see new fresh things on your resume leading to better opportunities and jobs for you. You will become better at what you do if you learn from each job.
For talent agents, the person that continually submits for jobs, are always fresh ion their mind and we know they are eager and available to work. Even though we don’t have the final decision on whether you are booked for the job or not we know your chances will continually increase and you will get cast.
There usually is no middle ground in the acting and modeling industry, you are either booked or picked for the job making you feel like you’re on top of the world! You could make $300, $500, $1000 or more than $5000 for one job. Now everyone wants to be your friend and tell you how great you are. On the other side you can go on an audition and not be the lucky one chosen. Now you feel like you are a loser. Though it’s hard to understand this when you try so hard and fail, you have to look at it this way. You’re probably not a loser and when you book a big job that doesn’t make you a star.

You just never know when the next big booking will come that is why you need to be in it for the long haul if you enjoy it.Craze Agency Model
One thing I know for sure, the model or actor who continues to work hard at their craft, and who is in it for the long run, will substantially improve not only their skill level, but their ability to booked jobs. The consistent hard working talent can make a fantastic part time or maybe even full-time career. Which one will you be?
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Contact your local film commission and see the agencies they have listed, what their credits are and how long they have been associated. Contact local ad agencies, commercial photography studios, production companies and casting directors. Ask them which agencies they work with.

Check the industry leader in tracking Film, T.V., acting and production and see their booking credentials. Then call the Better Business Bureau in the State you live in and find out who is an accepted member of the BBB and the agency’s rating with the Bureau.

Pick 2-4 of the highest rated agencies and interview with them. At the interview see if the Agency can provide a verifiable list of jobs they have done in the past. If they do, make sure those types of clients fit your expertise and look.Mark Kng 4

Find out if they have personally represented any of their talent and assisted with them booking in larger markets if that is a goal of yours. Do not be confused with them claiming the talent once was represented by them. Be aware agencies are not miracle workers. You have to be exceptional and well skilled if clients are going to pay you to work in our industry.

Find out how much and what type of experience your actual agent and the agency have. If you find an agency that you are comfortable with stick with them at least one year so they have time to market you properly. If you need more information go to

After working with hundreds of modeling and talent agencies all over the world I have found that the often publized statement that agencies will pay for your photos and training if they like you is in most cases not true.

Most agencies require you to pay for your headshots, composite cards, zed cards, head books, and photo shoots. Some huge agencies in the top 5 markets in the world may possibly loan money to very promising newcomers but rest assured they will collect and often with profit with interest.

Sometimes the huge Agencies in the biggest cities will line up test shoots for you but if it is a really good photographer they will charge you $100-$400 just for the shoot. The best usually do not work for free. Some new photographers will do free tests but it is usually a waist of your time if you want to use them as a professional marketing tool against top notch competition. Test shoots should usually be used to gain more experience and add to your portfolio if they are good.

625493_412630092178986_912539743_nTo the people that make a successful day to day living in the professional Modeling and Acting industry is treated as a business. Agencies that have an enduring successful track record do not pay for upfront fees for new talent because there is no guarantee the model or actor will be profitable or that the model or actor will even follow through. They do not know for sure if the talent has all the various attributes it takes to be profitable example, (are they photogenic, intelligent, persistent, punctual, loyal, engaging and willing to accept rejection).

If you don’t have or do not want to invest the required capital it is almost impossible to become a professional model or actor. Most agencies will not be in business long if the agency fronts hundreds even thousands of dollars to each talent. Often the talent either decides not to pursue the business after a few try’s or does not work hard at being a great talent because they have nothing to lose. Some talent after getting their photos and portfolio paid for, then decide to jump to a competing agency. It is too risky for an agency to gamble like that.

Modeling and Acting is more than just taking photos and a few classes, you have to learn the “business” of this industry. You can’t call yourself a model or actor without knowing the business and doing the “real” work, which encompasses knowing how to book a paying job.

Being a smart talent though can make the process much easier and economical. When you sign with an agent make sure you do not pay a fee for them to promote you. You should only pay them a commission when you book a paying job. Do not pay exorbitant fees for photos, cards, portfolios etc. Do not pay exorbitant fees for training. Make sure the agency has a proven history of successfully booking jobs, realize it is a tough business and if an agency makes big promises they are usually after something (many times it is your money).

The talent industry has many honest, upstanding agents, models and actors but like with everything else in life there are a few people that take advantage of inexperienced people. Have a fun rewarding experience but be smart!

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The Truth about Children’s Modeling and Acting all the way to Seniors!1057901311183589

I have enjoyed working in the talent industry booking models, actors and extras for over 27 years. I have usually worked  in market sizes fewer than 2 million people.  I have also worked with many other agents across the U.S. that also work in these size markets and have discovered some interesting facts that I would like to relay to parents of young talent.

First off yes there is plenty of legitimate work available for anyone from babies, kids, teens, young adults, adults  and even  seniors!  With that said these is also a certain percentage of work that goes out to each of these age groups and also a certain percentage of people that are applying for these age groups.  This can sometimes  make it  harder  and sometimes easier for each person depending on their age, markets and experience level.  The best thing about starting kids out when they are young is as they get older and more experience the odds get much better. You just have to have very realistic expectations for toddlers and young kids.

I have broken it into different age categories.  Please remember these are educated guesses and can vary slightly depending on the ability of your agency, the market location and size, also some years are busier than others.

Babies and ages  1- 3 years old– In most markets 2 million and less this age group receives only 1083601321281268between 3-5% of all the work that we book. Of all the applicants we receive though to be promoted,  10-15% are parents who want their little ones to model. We do occasionally book jobs but the percentages of getting booked is not as good as all of the other age categories. It is really frustrating when we have parents who could actually book many jobs themselves with our assistance and are in an age categories  25-50 years old that that have a lot of opportunities.  When their child does book jobs the parent needs to go to the auditions with their kids and be there on the shoots if the child is booked.

The other drawback is from babies to 3 years their look changes by far the most, so a great photo that can be used to book the child becomes obsolete often after 6 months.  Usually the type of work available is an occasional print ad, family commercials, modeling shoots or Film, TV or commercial using that age range. For Film and TV the often request identical twins.  Pay is $100-$900 per day. For the big children’s companies’ ads, (Gerber, Pampers, Babies r us etc.) You would need to actually live in the markets that shoot those ads (NY, LA Chicago etc) they usually will not fly babies to do the shoots. Sometimes the big companies will come into smaller markets and use this age group but it is fairly rare.

Let’s talk about each of the other groups.

Kids 4 to 12 years old– At times this can be very busy and  other times very slow There are 170opportunities for lifestyle photos, kids for clothing and toy ads, family commercial type shots, and lifestyle photos. There are also occasional nice acting opportunities but the kids need to be very good actors and speak and read very well. In our market size, this is not an area that you can have consistent work ,but if it is treated as a part-time hobby that you can make some nice money for the future this is perfect.  There are a lot of applicants so there is an amazing amount of competition for this group though.  It seems every parent wants their young kids to model  or have been told their kid would be a great model.  This category receives  10- 15% of the work available but we get new faces that want to apply at a rate of about 20-25% of all the applications we receive.

Teenagers age 13 to 17 years old -This age group can be busy sometimes and sometimes a DSC_7851little slower depending  on if the production is using a lot of teens or there is an ad campaign in town using teenagers. The Disney films and TV series and family features will use a ton of teens, but companies marketing their product and most commercial print studios do not use a lot of teenagers. In high-fashion markets (New York, Miami,  LA, Overseas etc.) this is a good age for models to start their career. In our markets  this age group  is very competitive since  we receive 25-30% of all of our new faces who apply that  want to belong to the agency and approximately 15 to 20% of the work we receive available for this age group.

Young adults 18-30 years old -This is usually the busiest age category for fashion modeling, NLP_7357pretty busy for commercial and lifestyle modeling usually busy for film and TV acting. It is  fairly busy for corporate business modeling and acting. Many productions ask us for people 18 and over especially in Union made Films, TV and Commercials who look younger because they do not have to deal with as much legality. Once someone is 18 they are no longer a minor.  This age range is fairly competitive though, we receive approximately 25-30% of all of our applicants for new faces and we book approximately 20-30% of the jobs in this age category.

Adults 30 -40 years old– This is very good for many types print work, especially commercial 4549_1061494704572_4062036_nand lifestyle. It is also good for website spokesperson jobs and business spokesperson jobs. Many roles are available for Film and TV. Talent in this age category generally make some of the higher rates  for local markets. Approximately 20- 25% of the people apply as new talent  to this group  and it  generally books 20-25% of all the work available.

Adults 40-60 years old– This can be a busy category especially for film, corporate work, commercial and  lifestyle photography.  This can also be a good category for pay. We receive approximately only 10-12% of all the people lauraheadshots 25apply to be talent with our agency in this age group and they get 15-22% of the jobs booked, a great ratio.  The person with a good business look does very well in this category especially if they can also act.

Seniors people 60 years old and up– The work ranges from lifestyle modeling ads, to film, TV and commercial work to stock photography. Pay ranges from $100-$150 per day for extra work to $200-$1000 per day for most other jobs. There is not as much competition as some of the other categories. We receive about 6-10% of all our new applicants who are in this age range and surprisingly 000000846001339604290this category gets about 10-15% of all the work.  Many people either winding down their careers or retires looking for some extra part time income usually apply.

As you can see there are many variables  in our industry. Of course the more experienced and qualified you are will help determine your odds on booking jobs. There are no guarantees but usually the talent that gives it time and an honest attempt will book jobs eventually!

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Here are some basic tips to look photogenic in front of the camera!DSC_1798

Get in front of a mirror and smile, and then look at how much of your gums you show naturally, it should be very little to none. Next when smiling see if your forehead and around your eyes crinkle. Practice smiling without letting your face change very much. When smiling, keep your eyes large but look natural. Many people squint when smiling. Try to smile and make it look as if someone said something funny and you laughed, instead of a forced smile. Sit in front of a mirror and observe your face from various angles and figure out which angles are most flattering.
Have a friend take photos of you from many angles, using a digital camera. You can then analyze the various photos and see which angles look best on you. Memorize those angles so when you take photos you have different ones you can do and they all look great. Be aware of having proper posture. Slouchy and small shoulders look awful in photos. Keep your shoulders back when posing for the camera.
For a pose that is flattering turn your body at a three-quarters angle to the camera. One shoulder will be angled toward the camera. Bring one leg slightly in front of the other and shift your weight to your back leg. This can help you to look slimmer.

Lift your chin slightly. This will help remove the appearance of a double chin. Also, ask the photographer to position the camera slightly above you. Photos taken from below eye level tend to make subjects look like they have double chins.
Push your neck and chin slightly forward. This will enhance your features. Practice different moods. Try being happy, thoughtful, serious, easygoing, hysterical, somber. Each casting or client may want something different. The most important thing is to feel and look confident and comfortable.
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1- When you are booked for any job write down the director, producer, casting director, TV Network etc… You need this info. For your resume. Also remember the part you played. (If it was extra work you must put that in a separate Extra category not acting). Always update your resume the day you do the project. You would not believe the amount of work people lose out on because their resumes are not updated.

2- To insure payment when you are booked on a job, please remember to bring appropriate ID and fill out all forms legibly and correctly. Also keep track of the dates you work and what job it was just in case.

3- Keep your look close to the photos your agent uses to promote you, or you must update the photos. Clients really get upset when you do not match your photo or if we send you out to meet them and you have gained or lost weight, have longer hair or a different color we could lose that client permanently.

4- Never say a negative word on set. Even among fellow actors or models. Even about other agencies. It never helps you or us in the long run! Let’s take the high road even though many people and agencies don’t.

5- A successful Modeling and Acting career is like any other career it takes time, persistence, dedication, knowledge, skill and patience!

6- Many National Clients take time to pay you, even when your agent bills them with a 30 day voucher. We all hate it as bad as you do, (we all have bills to pay). Often they have 2-3 clients they bill to get you paid. Legitimate agents will do everything in their power to collect, but it has always been that way and will probably never change with the big national companies. They know they get a lot of people work so if you harass them too much the client will just use someone else.

7- Do not accept an audition unless you are 100% sure you can make it and be on time. Usually agents are limited in the time slots we have and we do not have time to replace you. We also give the casting director a list the night before and they will too be busy the next day of the audition for us to schedule someone else with them. They just figure you are unreliable.

– No matter how you feel inside you have to portray self confidence when you are interviewed. Clients never hire people who let them know they are new at this or who are not a polished finished product.

9- Don’t show it or be shocked if the audition is not what you visualized. A pro expects it to always be different and is ready to make quick on the spot adjustments. They almost want it to be tough because they know the amateur will let it affect them. Half of success in this business is


Being very adaptable on the fly. That is why it takes training and experience for many of the jobs.

10- Always just have fun with this business. Clients love to be around smiling, funny, happy people. Many actors, models get too serious when they audition because they feel the pressure.

11- If a client ask you what your rate is say, call my agent or let us know. That is our job and we will make sure to get documents signed if needed and get you the best rate possible for that type of project. Usually clients that do not want to initially go through agents will either never pay or low ball you or work in an unprofessional manner. Plus you are responsible to let the agency know about these projects.

12- If you need an agent research the Better Business Bureau, call your local Film Commission and ask casting directors who they use. If you live in the western U.S. except California contact the Craze Agency 801-438-0067,

How to have a career as a model

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A career in the modeling Industry requires hard work, preparation, dedication and of course the “it’ or ‘unique’ factor that separates you from the rest of the crowd.

Types of Modeling-There are various types of modeling to choose from and most models don’t just stick to one kind. Very broadly, they can be classified into Fashion Modeling, Body or Body Part Modeling, Commercial Modeling. The following are the most ethical types.

  • Fashion modeling of course can be further divided into print, runway, editorial, catalog, lingerie, bathing suit, fitness, size specific (petite, plus size etc) modeling and possibly a few more.
  • Commercial modeling this is actually the busiest modeling in a medium to small market size. This includes lifestyle modeling, sport modeling, modeling for trade shows, product promotions, etc.
  • Body part modeling is actually an off-shoot of fashion modeling which uses models for specific body parts. So for example, a model with great hands would be used for an ad for a hand cream.

Finding Work-There is never a lack of work for models but for paying jobs it is very competitive. Finding work can be hard on your own, especially if you’re an unknown face with no proven talent. The best way to start out in modeling is to work with a reputable agent who takes you under their wing. It is the agency’s job to promote you and find you work and it helps you gain a foothold while you’re still new to the industry.

Versatility-You will immediately become more employable when you are versatile and can pretty much suit any role a client needs. Versatile model are just as comfortable at photo with different photographers and products at photo shoots as they are saying lines for various TV commercials or working as a spokes model. Once you’ve proven your abilities, you will soon become the person the client asks back for the next promotion as well. This is when it becomes much easier because you do not have to continually audition, they just directly book you.

The Client-Your career is client-driven. Your ability to book jobs is based on how well you can help the client sell the product or service. Without the client you will have no work, and obviously no pay. Doing an amazing job when you are booked will force the client to hire you over and over again.

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Craze Agency has achieved an A Rating and proud members of the Better Business Bureau. Craze Agency is one of the top ranked Agencies in the world according to the largest, most unbiased, award-winning talent rating site on the planet. IMDB.COM
Craze Agency represents premium models, actors and extra’s. Established in 1999


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Craze Agency Casting Calls-New Disney Channel Sitcom, “Jessie” auditioning actors for series regulars. Debby Ryan will play the starring role of au pair Jessie.It’s A Laugh Productions, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, will begin production on a new promising family sitcom for Disney Channel titled, “Jessie” this summer, 2011. Auditions are underway for the series regulars, and additional casting will continue throughout spring 2011. Casting calls have gone out to talent in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Vancouver, and Toronto for the series regulars.


Starring Clair Danes-AS COOL AS I AM (Regional Release) Feature Film SAG Producer: Anthony Mastromauro, Judd Payne, Matt Williams start Date: May 9, 2011


Las Vegas Film- A Tamas Horvath Film A United Vision Film “What a Chance”This film will be shot with an HVX200-a camera with P2 support.  Filming is expected to take 3-5 shoot days and will start shooting in late April or early May depending on the schedules of the cast and crew after casting is completed.


Casting session For Craze Agency Talent For Intermountain Healthcare Cancer Brand TV spotsAuditions will be 5 minutes for each spot Here are the specifications…
Client: Intermountain Healthcare
Current spots are :30Rate: $700.00 Patient
$300.00 Featured Extras
$150.00 Kid Extras (cast by head shots only)Market:
Utah Buy: one year, Television & Web Shoot Date: April 13-14th, 2011 (full day)


Walmart Demo Dates: 4/16/2011 to 4/17/2011 Times: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM4 hour demoLocations: Utah, Idaho   Rate: $60 per event


Now Casting 24 Models for Stock Image Work Breakdown:

Seeking 2 Males and 2 Females from 6 Ethnicities (Caucasian, African, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Islanders, and Native Ethnicities or multi-racial)

Age: Mid 20’s – Early 60’s

Seeking 24 models in total.


Casting Models 17 years and Up Paying-The Craze Agency has been working with a Utah Photography studio out of Salt Lake City/Duchene, Utah


The Craze Agency and the Photographer will be conducting a Model Casting Call on Friday, April 8, 3:00pm- 5:30pm in Sandy, Utah. Selected Models will need to plan for a 5 minute interview/audition.


Snowbird Shoots- We have a client that is looking to do a Print Photo shoot in Utah April 17-18 Rate is $750/day for Adults. Children $300/day. Half day shoots, 2-4 hours.


Looking for Snowboarders with all different levels of experience. If you are comfortable on a Snowboard, you will be considered for the job. The children will be on a Bunny Slope.


Male or Female Brand Ambassadors ages 18-60 for Wal-Mart Frito Lay Event, UTAH, IDAHO, AND WYOMING!!! DEMO PROGRAM EVENT DETAILS
Program Name: Wal-Mart Week 8 – Frito Lay
Requirements: Standard Demonstrator, age 18-60 Paying


BOISE Casting Voice Actors. To voice various characters for an upcoming project. All casting will be done by submitting an audio file audition.Paying
Characters GUY D’ FEET- 83-year-old (middle aged for his kind) Rodent with a French accent.DEAN SUSIE- 47-year-old Dean of History. She’s an airy, sing song sort of speaker THEODORA- 55…


All Craze Markets-Disney Parks Talent Casting is seeking energetic College Students interested in the Walt Disney World® College Program.
Male and Female performers are needed to bring to life the world famous Disney Characters. Character performers play before thousands of guests each day in “meet and greets”, parades and stage shows …


Actors and Actresses wanted, Cortez, Colorado
8 part web series. Production begins in early April and ends in June. Will be shooting evenings, nights and some weekends. Extremely flexible with scheduling.
Looking for a couple of Males (mid to late 20′s) who can do some excellent fight and action scenes. Also looking for a Female (20′s)


Produced by Salty Pictures
Shooting dates are 4/20/11
Shooting in and around SLC and St. George, Utah Paying

KIDZBOP 2011 COMMERCIAL CASTING, boys and girls ages 8-14 NON-UNION
Please be advised that the is selected based on their uploaded video. IF selected, you will be flown to a casting location closest to you by the production company. Pay  $10,000


Project: University of Phoenix commercial (non Speaking principals)
Casting  Buyout info.: Unlimited versions/lifts. All forms of broadcast television including National TV, Cable, and Regional. Internet. Industrial. PR/Agency reels. 1 year. North America Pays well!


Children ages 7-11, Utah The “Scripture Stories” broadcast on the Mormon Channel has been one of the most popular (frequently accessed) programs for the last two years!  They are now casting to find children to participate.NEEDED:  Children between ages 7-11 years as of September 1, 2011.


Boise-Military Family Photo/Video Shoot,
We have a studio out of Boise, Idaho that is interested in doing a Military Family stock video/photo shoot using Male and Female Models. Non-speaking
Looking for actual Military personnel with a Uniform. It doesn’t matter if you are current or not.The shoot will be the end of this week or begin…


Utah-Looking for extras
Boys/Girls age 9-12
Adults (male/female) ages 30-50
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We are in need of a 2 Male actors between 5’6″ and 5’8″ with slim builds to play Megamind from the DreamWorks movie, “Megamind” for an in-store event coming up this weekend.


OMISSION Produced by Jason SteadmanWritten & Directed by Steve GreeneAuditions will be held on the Salt Lake Community College campus in Taylorsville, Utah on Thursday,


Spokane-Needing several actors for a short project film ,
Need a few people who are interested in acting for a small project that is being planned. These are non speaking roles, which will be filmed as a music video of sorts.Need are as follows-A couple (female and male)3 males and 4 females


The Biggest Loser is holding a Casting Call on March 12 in SLC!
Be part of the most inspirational show on TV. Several contestants from Utah have come to our castings and have made it on the show!


BYU Student Film Casting, Males 25-45 and Females ages 7-12, Utah
Casting session It will be held in South Salt Lake City


Casting session on Friday, February 18 from 9:00am- 10:00am for Craze Agency Talent in downtown Salt Lake City.
For Pacific Corp. (Rocky Mountain Power) Commercial Spots
Auditions will be every 5 minutes for each spot.  Great Pay
Male and Female Promo Models ages 18-35 for Las Vegas Expo
We are working with an event management company looking to hire Male and Female Promo Models ages 18-35 for an upcoming expo in Las Vegas Tuesday, March 1 & Wednesday, March 2. Paying
Utah-In a clever parody of the current “Jimmermania” frenzy, BYU’s library is creating a comedic short, one-minute promo video. This video will primarily be distributed across the BYU campus.
Two college-age males (18-26)
The University of Utah Department of Film and Media Arts announces an open casting call for this year’s student film productions. Actors of all ages and experience levels are welcome.
Prepared monologues are preferred, but cold readings will be available.
Auditions will be held i Friday, February 25 from 3-8:30 PM.
To make an appointment…
Casting Call- Men ages 20-30, Las Vegas
“The Suspect”is a dramedy about two detectives who are attempting to solve avery serious case.
Production Company: Dark Water Productions
Casting Director: Helen McCready
Project: Adept
Web instructional video
Production Company: Handstand Productions(Greg Windley)
Rates: Day Players = $500
Half Day Players = $350


Utah-Local Director is looking for a young girl from the age of 2-5 with blonde hair to imitate their six- year- old actress.
They will need to go with the Director around SLC, to parks, etc. and get some snap shots to use as “family photos” for the movie.
This is for the short film, IMAGINE,
Paul Mitchell Caper Event, a beauty/fashion/hair show.
Prep day is Feb. 8, morning-late afternoon; show dates are Feb. 9 & 10, morning-late afternoon in Las Vegas, NV.
Seeking—Models: females, 18-40, any ethnicity, any height, all types, all hair colors & textures
Audition Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 at 5:30pm in Las Vegas
Utah-We have a casting call for a Mother, Daughter, and Female friend.
Mother (Tatia), Caucasian, 20’s, blonde or light brown
Daughter (Kaia), Caucasian, 3 (or around that age), any color hair
Friend (Becky)-Female, Caucasian, 20’s, any color hair For shooting Monday, February 7th @TBA for 3 hoursAuditions for lead actress 18-25 years old. Babysitter type. Sides provided at audition. Bring Headshot and Resume.
When: Wednesday, February 2nd from 7:30-9:00pm
Auditions for a fractured commercial will be held Tuesday, February 1, at 7:00 to 9:00pm
The shoot will take place the following Saturday, February 5, at a time to be arranged with the cast.The shoot will only take 2 or 3 hours in the studio at the same location.
Ages can range from 20s to 50s
Extras needed for this Wednesday, February 2nd.
Immediate response needed.
Project: made for BYU TV feature film, THE LETTER WRITER, written and directed by Christian Vuissa, director of One Good Man and Baptist at our Barbecue.
Utah Photographer is looking for 3 High School students to photograph for their business portfolio.
(2 Females and 1 Male)
The ideal students would be involved in sports, theatre, rodeos or play a musical instrument
Major Model Casting Call- ages 5-60- Boise and surrounding areas Craze Talent only!!!
The Craze Agency has been working with a Photographer/Stock Photo and Video Studio out of Boise, Idaho. Their studio exclusively uses Craze Agency Models for their various concept shooting.
The Craze Agency and the studio will be conducting
MAJOR CASTING FOR HILTON PARK CITY PHOTO SHOOT, Adults 30-49, kids 6-7 and 12-14, Utah
Casting on Wednesday, February 2 for an upcoming Hilton shoot in Park City, Utah.
Shooting will be March 2 and 3 (Wed. and Thurs.). This will be a video and still casting, although the actual shoot is a still photo shoot.
America’s Got Talent, a network TV competition variety show. Hosted by Nick Canon, the series involves a celebrity panel of judges that provide commentary on performers of all varieties. Shooting across the U.S.
Seeking—Contestants: males & females, all ages.
Auditions Feb. 19 & 20
Las Vegas Audition”There’s Zombies Out There” CAST
STEVE age 20-30 A thin, lean, laid back security guard
Chester (Male 8-12) red-headed nerdy -Haylie ( Female age 8-12) Average looking Calvin (Male age 8-12) Average looking-Becky (Female age 8-12) Mr. Davis (Male age 20-40) A lean teacher- Zombie girl (Any Ethnicity, female age 18-30.
Male and Female Talent/Models, ages late 30’s, Utah
One of our local Utah clients will be coordinating some talent for another print ad.
They are looking to hire one Female, and one Male who can look like they’re in their later 30’s.
Fit, healthy, good acting skills a plus. Paying
Fantasy Web Series Auditions, Kids and Adults, Utah Pink Wombat Cinema announces auditions for an untitled fantasy/adventure/Comedy webseries about fantasy gaming, written and directed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs, co-creators of the hit webeseries “Manic City”.
The series will film from February to April (primarily weekends).
Boise area Female 21 -36 must be thin, beautiful, Mediterranean or Italian looking for Print Illustration modeling. Paid assignment. Also looking for thin African American male 24-40. Will be shot sometime next week. If Interested

What to expect when you work on a movie set!

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Hints for Working on a Movie Set

Work on a movie set often means “hurry-up and wait”.  You’re going to be asked to wait for long periods of time in between your scenes.  If you don’t know what’s expected of you during these waits, you might accidentally make a serious mistake and be asked to leave.

To keep you alive and well on the set, here are some of the directions you, as Background Artists, are required to follow:

Bring ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS for your I-9 information to the set. This includes your driver’s license and social security card, or, birth certificate, or passport.  You will not get paid be asked to leave if you don’t have these.  Print legibly. If your paperwork cannot be read, this will slow down the process for you to get paid.

Be prepared to stay all day (about 12 hours). Once you’ve been established in a shot, you must be there in case you’re needed again.  If you choose to leave, you will not be paid or rehired. Sometimes the production will end quickly and they will let you go but you must let them give you the OK.

o       Arrive 15 minutes before your actual call time. You will use this time to fill out paperwork and to get where you need to be.

o       Be very quiet on the set and in the holding areas. Everyone needs to hear all of the directions at all times.  You surely don’t want to miss a cue.

o       Do NOT approach the cast and crew with questions, for autographs, or for photos.

o       Do not touch any equipment.

o       Leave your valuables at home. Do not leave valuables in your car.  They are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

o       Be patient and pay attention.

  • Put your cell phones on silent or vibrate, and do not answer it while they are shooting.
  • If you make a commitment you must show up!!!!!!!!!!!!

Important Terms & Phrases

When on set, expect to hear the following:

1)      Rehearsal – practicing the shot.  Sometimes this will be with just the cast or just the camera.  Often it will include background.  The AD (assistant director) department will be very clear as to who is participating in the rehearsal so that everyone is aware.

2)      Picture Is Up – this means we will be shooting the next time (rolling film).  Everyone that has been directed to work in the shot will participate.

3)      Rolling – the camera and sound begin to record.  Please stand by.

4)      Background Action – this is where all of the background act and do what they have been directed to do.

5)      Action – the cast (those speaking) begins their acting.

6)      Cut – everybody stops acting and listens for instructions.

7)      Reset or Going Again – We will do the same shot again.  Please return to where you started on the previous take.  Please do the same exact thing as the previous take unless directed to change it.

8)      Check the Gate – last stage before setting up a new shot.  Please stand by.

9)      Moving On or New Deal – A new shot will be set.  Please listen for instructions as this may be an appropriate tie to use the restrooms or get food and water.


Please bring at least one outfit that would comply with the descriptions below but not to exceed 3 outfits.  If you don’t have anything vintage, then clothing of the appropriate type and color (described below) are also acceptable.


****This may be obvious to many of you, but please wear proper undergarments in case you are asked to change clothes.


Light blue                                                                      Hot pink

Red                                                                              Lime green

Peach                                                                           Bright White

Navy                                                                             Orange

Pink                                                                              Brown

Black                                                                            Burgundy

Off-white/Ivory                                                              Gold

Pale yellow                                                                   Green

Tan                                                                               Fluorescents



As non-descript as possible.  PLEASE avoid ultra-modern, huge, high-tech tennis shoes.  If period appropriate shoes are not available, dark shoes in general are quite helpful. .  Sandals and platform shoes are also useful.


Again, as non-descript as possible. Grey, black, tan, and pastel trousers are acceptable.  Wide leg is acceptable for women, as well as some flare.  No bell-bottoms.  NO SHORTS.


Shirts and blouses in the preferred colors are appropriate.  Oversized T-shirts are not appropriate.


Some scenes may be outside, bring appropriate clothes to keep warm when not shooting


NO Big logos (i.e. Nike, Coke, Gap, Rocca, Enyce, etc.)

NO Acid washed denim

NO High contrast patterns/plaids

NO Super baggy hip hop clothes

NO Shorts

Please keep dates and production information in case you need it to track payment issues or for your resume.

Do not gossip or speak badly about the production, other talent, agencies etc., clients want positive professional people.

Remember every production is different be ready for different methods in everything they do. Also generally it takes 2-3 weeks to get paid but sometimes it takes longer!

These tips are generalities and will help greatly, but remember every client will have various things they may expect so be sharp and ready.

Have a great adventure!

Casting calls and Auditions for Models, Actors and Extras!

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National Baby and Child Model Search offers monthly prizes,
talent agent exposure and a chance to win a year of representation with Ford
Campus Event, Male or Female ages 18-30, BOISE AND SPOKANE
… Below are details for a poster installer needed for a National Campus
Campaign for Sprint.
Male or Female age 18-30 needed.

Poster Install
Date: Needs to be completed between November 8th &
Pay Rate:
Poster Installer: $50 up to 100 posters

Arches National Park, Utah Seeking models for a commercial / print photo shoot / non union
Male / Female ages 20 – 45 All ethnicities
Description: You should be athletic (outdoorsy, not body builders),
good/interesting looking, energetic, have a lot of character, urban, hip,
…Surfers, mountain bikers, drivers, snowboarders is a plus but not a must.

Compensation: $300/per day Buyout

Casting Extras for, “The Letter Writer” Feature Film Produced and Directed by Christian Vuissa
for BYU TV
Low budget independent
Tentative shoot schedule: begin November 6, for 14 days
Filming in Utah County, Salt Lake County Pay TBD

Wyoming Holiday Mall Programs need Promo Models, Males and Females ages 18-40, Merrier
Shopping (Black Friday) means giving the shopper what they want and
when they want it.
On Black Friday,
that means offering retailer discounts, freebies, value added and a fun mall
…experience early in the morning! Paying

Casting for Returned Sister Missionaries for Photo Shoot, ages 22-25, Utah-LDS Casting is looking for recently returned Sister missionaries of all ethnicities, for a new brochure on dressing and grooming standards for sister missionaries. Modeling experience is a plus. Who: Women 22-25 years old, …all ethnicities, re…turned missionaries, sizes 0-16 They will choose 20 models paying

We have a client that is going to be in need of some Featured Talent for a
short marketing video for Novell. They are going to need a variety of Males and Females, ages from late 20’s
and up, any Ethnicity. This Wednesday, November 3- Friday, November 5
starting at 12:00pm and working into the evening in south Provo ea…ch day.

You can work all 3 days or any combo of days.
Pay is $90 per day!!

Boise-Auditions for Leaving Iowa December 12, 2 p.m. & December 13, at 7 p.m. in the
Needed- 3 Men, 3 Women, ages 25-50.
No preparation or appointment necessary.

Boise -Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
December 4th, 10:00am and December 7th at 7:30pm at

Craze Modeling and Talent Agency now interviewing for new faces in Idaho and Utah!

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Because of the influx of new opportunities, Craze Agency will be interviewing potential models, actors and extras of all ages for the next two weeks!

We are A rated members of the BBB! Established in 1999 and one of the top rated Agencies in the USA. Call 801-438-0067 Utah or 208-433-9511 Idaho.

Apply online at

What hiring clients look for in Actors and models

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With 25 years experience and as President of the Craze Modeling and Talent Agency booking 1000’s of models and actors, here are some of the most important tips that hiring client’s look for when booking talent for paid speaking roles or modeling assignments!

1- Polish- The talent must be polished and confident enough to do the job with little or no direction if needed.

2- Experience-Does your portfolio or resume show you have worked and trained successfully in the past?

3- First impression-Often they have to make a hiring decision within 30-60 seconds. If they cast you and they have not worked with you before they are taking an educated risk. A good impression is made by being early, prepared, looking like a professional and having amazing charisma!

4-Can you think quick on your feet? Sign of an experienced professional. Can you make the adjustments they ask for?

5-Are you worth the money they are paying? If the client is going to pay a rate of $400-$1500 a day, you must show them you are worth it. They have to account for every dollar spent.

6-Originality-When auditioning many models or actors it becomes hard to differentiate between each talent. You need to make a creative statement and lasting impression within the context of the project.

7-Be prepared to be uncomfortable. It is natural not to feel natural. (That is why it is important to constantly be practicing and training).

8-When you first get into the acting business, go to every audition that you fit the profile on regardless if it is a lower or non-paying project. This business is all about networking and exposure.

9-Ability takes time. Be patient with yourself and your agent.

10-You can spot an experienced Model or Actor a mile away. You cannot fake it!

11-Keep your sides after every acting audition, sometimes it can take weeks for the callbacks to occur.

12-Keep a journal and detailed notes on all of the auditions you attend. Track what happened, how you did, things that worked and things you need work on. Note how you adjusted to each audition, who you met with, etc.

13-When you book a job, always make a note on what the project was, what part you played and who the production company, casting director or client was. Update your resume and make copies for your agent and yourself. That may land you your next job.

14-Pay you agents commission ASAP, they really do notice who pays quickly and will send you out more often. After all it is a business.

15-Never get discouraged. That is why most Actors and Models fail!

Circle yourself with positive people who are also in the industry or support you in your passion.

16-Always aim to become the best  Actor or Model in the entire world.

It takes that kind of mental approach and dedication to achieve results in this competitive

Always remember these tips and your chance of obtaining success will dramatically increase. The Craze Agency is here to help! If you would like more Information about us call 801-438-0067 or go to