Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of work does the agency get?
We work with casting directors, advertising agencies, photographers, production companies and clients directly.
What age range do you represent?
All ages. Babies to seniors.
Can I be registered with more than one agency?
Yes, we encourage you to interview with several reputable agencies to find one that works for you. It is incredibly important to find the right agency fit for doing business in our market. We invite talent to be exclusive after a positive working relationship has been established.
Are you a modeling school?
No, we are not and we do not offer classes through the agency.
Are there any fees to be represented by J.L. David Talent?
If we choose to represent you, we require a professional head shot and strongly encourage you to be on our website. These investments and recommendations will be discussed during your interview with Jenn David.
Do you have open calls?
We do not host open casting calls. If you are interested in representation, you must follow the submission process listed on our website. We ask this so we have time to review your materials thoughtfully and consider a place for you within the agency.
How much work can I expect from J.L. David Talent?
We promote talent based our clients' needs for age, look, and level of experience. There are no guarantees you will be booked; however, we choose to represent people who have the looks and level of experience requested by our clients on a regular basis.
How often should I update my materials?
We believe in maintaining current images and information on our website and in our database at all times. We ask that parents update images and sizes for their children as they grow and change. Adult talent should provide updated images, tear sheets, resumes, and demos as often as possible. This is especially important when you make major changes to your look (hair length and/or color, drastic weight gain or loss, braces, tattoos, piercings, etc.) These updates allow you to have more opportunities for auditions and bookings.
What does your agency look for?
In general, when reviewing submissions, we look for new talent to meet several criteria.
- - Men, women and children who are photogenic.
- - Actors and voice talent who have well-established resumes and demos.
- - Female models who are 5'8" or taller.
- - Male models who are 5'10" or taller.
- - Children age 10 and under who fit the average clothing size for their age.
However, we often interview talent who do not meet the criteria, as we receive frequent creative requests from clients. Please feel free to email us with additional questions. Agents are listed under the agency info tab. We look forward to working with you.
How do I get started as a model or actor?
To begin modeling or acting, the first step is to contact J.L. David talent to set-up an evaluation and interview with one of our experienced agents. This may also involve a screen test (see below). You do not have to bring a professional photo portfolio book to your first appointment, but eventually you will need photos for clients (the companies who hire you through J.L. David Talent) to see what you look like. A photo portfolio book is a collection of photos which show your versatility and quality as a model.
To hire a model or actor, clients contact J.L. David Talent to review available talent for their project. In order to show that you are professional (and worth hiring as a paid model or actor), you must have current, professional head shots and body shots in a portfolio book. You should also have a digital version and a hard copy of your portfolio book. Digital/online portfolios allow clients to preview the models and actors they wish to hire and see up-to-date photos, resume and stats such as sizes, age range, etc. (J.L. David Talent can show you how to set up an online portfolio).
For instance, our website offers a search option. Clients can type in what they are specifically looking for and an actor’s or model’s photos can immediately be seen. It is still suggested that you have printed head shots, composite cards and portfolio books so you have something to leave with clients at auditions and go-sees. These are also helpful if a potential client asks your Agent to send hard copies of your photos.
What is a Go-See?
A Go-See is an appointment to Go See a client that might be interested in hiring you. A Go-See is not always for a specific job, sometimes it’s an opportunity for a client to see many new models and/or actors at once. Think of a Go-See as a relationship builder – they may not have a specific job for you at the moment, but if you make a good impression, they may later.
What will I need to be marketed as a model or actor by your agency?
Most of our talent does both modeling and acting (even if the acting is for non-speaking video work).
For modeling, you will need:
- Photos in a portfolio that show a variety of looks
- A composite card, which is usually a 5.5" x 8.5” card with photos front and back, your name and stats
For acting and on-camera video work, you will need:
- An 8 x 10 commercial head shot
In both cases an online presence is very beneficial and clients increasingly rely on finding models and actors using online portfolios.
Do I have to go to modeling school to become a professional model or actor?
No. But this Agency suggests that you work with photographers to build your portfolio book and acting coaches to gain on-camera confidence.
What is the difference between a model and actor agency and a casting agency?
Model and actor agencies work with casting directors and do not compete against each other. Casting agencies reach out to talent agencies like J.L. David Talent for submissions for projects.
What “type” of models and actors do you represent?
We have models and actors of all types and all ethnicities: men, women, fashion, fitness, plus size, character types, commercial/lifestyle talent, children, teens, adults. And pets, too! You do not have to look like a runway model or a glamorous actor to have a career.
Is everyone accepted into J.L. David Talent?
No, unfortunately. If the Agency feels we can possibly find work for you as a paid professional model or actor, we will represent and market you to potential clients. We evaluate everyone individually and there are no group information “cattle calls” for new talent.
How old do I have to be to start modeling and acting?
We represent talent from 8 months old to senior citizens.
How much money can I make as a model or actor?
Rates for talent vary from client to client. Sometimes you are paid hourly and sometimes by the day. Each job is different. Full details of the job are sent to you before the assignment.
Do you charge any fees?
No. Legitimate agencies never charge for representation. We earn commission when talent (our models and actors) book jobs, so it’s in our best interest to find work for you.
Do you offer modeling and acting jobs outside of Nashville area?
Yes. We have talent mostly in the Southeast United States, primarily Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida.
What kind of jobs can I expect from a full service modeling and acting agency like J.L. David Talent?
A full service models and actors agency hires talent for a variety of jobs such as print, runway, TV, commercial, industrial, film and promotional work (live events).
Am I guaranteed modeling and acting work?
No. We present recommendations to the client and they select the model or actor that best suits the job. We can only suggest whom we feel might be best, based on experience, photos, etc.
How do I prepare for my interview with J.L. David Talent?
Please dress appropriately but casually for your interview. If you are already an established model or actor, please bring your portfolio book, head shots, body shots, resume and demo reel if available. If you are just getting started and have some photos, bring what you have. If you have not yet worked as a model or actor, please bring several (2 or 3) printed photos. These can be random photos from vacations or family events. The goal is to see how photogenic you are.
When are modeling and acting jobs held?
Modeling and acting jobs are usually held during the day and during the working week. It is important that you have some flexibility to be able to attend bookings when the client is scheduling the shoot. Some exceptions can be made for school-age talent that must attend school. However, it’s a good idea to speak to the school district about possible, occasional absences for bookings. Often times clients will book talent for afternoons so that a child can attend school in the morning in order to receive credit for the day. Adult age talent should be able to take vacation days, sick/personal days.
Can I also be represented by other agencies?
Yes. J.L. David Talent is a non-exclusive agency, which means you are free to pursue opportunities through other agencies or on your own.
Can I model and act if I have a full-time career?
Absolutely. We have many models and actors who do this full-time or part-time.
How much notice do I get for bookings/auditions?
This is a very fast-paced business. In regional markets, at least a few days notice are usually given. In larger markets such, sometimes only a day or two is given. Each project is different.
I think my child would be a great model. How can I submit his/her photos?
We’d love to see their photos! Go to our submit page and follow the directions.
Is it okay to bring people with me to auditions?
If you are under 18, it is fine, and is required that you bring ONE parent or guardian with you. It is never considered professional to bring siblings or friends along.
I want to cut my hair do I need to get new shots?
You must always arrive looking just like your images. Anytime you change your look (lose weight, color your hair, etc.) you must update your images. Again, that is one of the beauties of using online portfolios. They allow nearly instant updates. For younger children who change quickly, we suggest that professional photos be taken initially and additional photos taken as the child changes.
My hair is curly, but I often straighten it, should my pictures have it both ways?
You should give clients both. It will only enhance your booking potential.
WILL YOU CALL ME? SHOULD I CALL YOU?
Because of the volume of submissions we receive on a daily basis, we are unable to contact everyone who submits to us regarding representation. If we believe you might be a good candidate for representation we will contact you by phone to set up a meeting. Depending on the volume of our business at the time, we should contact you between 2 to 6 weeks. In many cases, we will ask you to attend a monologue day with the booking agents. In this instance, you will need to have a 1-2 minute current comedic monologue that is age appropriate prepared. You may also be asked to perform a cold read at that time.
You can follow up to see if your material has been received, but it is not necessary.
DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF A UNION?
You do not need to be a current member of any union to be considered for representation by J.L. David Talent.
I SUBMITTED A PHOTO AND RESUME SOME TIME AGO AND DIDN’T HEAR FROM YOU. HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO RESUBMIT?
You can submit again after 6 months, or as soon as you have new pictures or additional credits on your resume.
HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE-OVERS?
As in all other areas of acting, you need training. We suggest that you enroll in a voice-over class. This will give you a good basic understanding of how the voice-over business works. In most cases upon completion of voice-over class, you will have a voice demo to submit to agents to be considered for representation.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GAIN VOICE-OVER REPRESENTATION?
J.L. David Talent represents experienced voice talent only. We ask that you mail your voice demo to us. The voice-over agent will listen to your demo and if you have a sound that we are currently in need of, we will contact you to set up an appointment.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN POTENTIAL CLIENTS FOR J.L. DAVID TALENT?
We start by seeking people with professional acting experience, preferably 3 to 5 years for anyone over the age of 25. If you are under 25, we are looking at your education and experience in non-professional work as an actor. Letters of recommendation from a well respected acting teacher or coach, or referral by another actor currently represented by J.L. David Talent. We also are in search of a ‘marketable’ look for the types of roles we are asked to cast.
What are the physical requirements to be a model with J.L. David Talent?
For the women’s division you must be a minimum height of 5′ 8″ and no taller than 6′ 0″ (in bare feet). We will see girls at 5’7″ between the ages of 13-16. In addition we are lookng for female talent between the sizes of 0 – 4, 10 and 14-18. Beginning models are usually between the ages of 13-20.
For the men’s division your height must be between 6′ 0″ and 6′ 3″ (in bare feet) and suit size 38-42.
Does J.L. David Talent have specialty divisions?
We represent plus size women who are 5′ 8″ – 5′ 11″, sizes 14-18 and big and tall men who are 6′ 4″ – 6′ 6″, sizes 48L – 50L.
Q. What is the difference between management and an agency?
A. A Model Manager’s focus is more on managing models career than with arranging auditions. Model managers keep in close touch with model agents to ensure a shared vision for the model, but a manager stays mostly on the management end of the models career. Sometimes a model manager may set up an audition for a model, but that is not their focus. A model manager will not guarantee auditions for a model. Securing auditions is a model agent’s job.
A model managers job includes finding the model “scouting," introduction/guidance of the model to the model business and oversee both day to day business and personal affairs . Also to advise and counsel about their professional matters and personal decisions which may affect their career. Handle development of the model including the initial models portfolio or digital photos to be introduced to partner model agents and clients, public relations companies, and helps to make a career plan and keep the model on a path toward success.
Managers juggle the model business professional demands, placements with the right partner retail agencies and model agents, travel documents, visas, contracts and appearances that come with a prominent career. Some Managers can negotiate contracts and interpret contracts to help shape the direction of Model’s career to generate the most revenue and create the best brand name for herself and also Create personal contracts for her to protect the model’s name and image.
A Model Agent works for a retail model agency where they use their contacts to arrange auditions for the models represented by the agency.
Models need a model agent to supply job opportunities. A model agent is able to provide a model with auditions they would not otherwise know about. Without the appropriate modeling auditions a models career will go nowhere.
The differences between a model agent and a model manager vary, but their responsibilities are geared toward the same goal… advancing a models career and getting the models more modeling jobs so the model makes more money. The bottom line is that when a model succeeds and gets paid, everybody gets paid. Both model agents and model managers will work hard to make that happen.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORK PERMIT FOR MINORS?
Yes. Minors aged 15 days up to 18 years, who wish to be employed in the entertainment industry must have an entertainment work permit issued by the division of labor standards enforcement. An entertainment work permit is valid for 6 months and is renewable every 6 months wile a minor is under 18 years old. THERE IS NO FEE FOR THIS PERMIT. In addition to completing an application, the parent or guardian must submit supporting documents which vary depending on the age of the minor. First time applicants for children not yet attending school must be accompanied by a birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth date. First time and renewal application for school age children must be accompanied by an approval from the school on the form which will be provided after the application is completed.
WHAT IS A COOGAN ACCOUNT?
Coogan accounts are required by the state of California, New York, Louisiana and New Mexico. IN MOST INSTANCES, YOU WILL HAVE TO SUPPLY PROOF OF A TRUST ACCOUNT PRIOR TO RECEIVING A WORK PERMIT. 15% OF THE MINOR’S GROSS WAGES ARE REQUIRED TO BE WITHHELD BY THE EMPLOYER AND DEPOSITED INTO THE COOGAN ACCOUNT WITHIN 15 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT. THE PARENT MUST SUPPLY THE COOGAN ACCOUNT NUMBER TO THE EMPLOYER.
BANKS THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH COOGAN ACCOUNTS:
- AFTRA/SAG FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
- ACTORS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
- BANK OF THE WEST
- CITY NATIONAL BANK
- FIRST ENTERTAINMENT CREDIT UNION
- MORGAN STANLEY/SMITH BARNEY
- UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA
- WELLS FARGO
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT HTTP://WWW.SAGAFTRA.ORG/CONTENT/COOGAN-LAW
DO I NEED TO BE ON SET WITH MY CHILD?
YES. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A MINOR UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE MUST BE PRESENT WITH, AND ACCOMPANY, SUCH MINOR ON THE SET OR LOCATION AND BE WITHIN SIGHT OR SOUND OF SAID MINOR AT ALL TIMES.