SCAM ALERT! ATTENTION PARENTS AND ASPIRING ACTORS

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ATTENTION PARENTS OF KIDS IN THE BIZ
ATTENTION ACTORS

SCAM ALERT

Lately on Facebook, there have been numerous “sponsored ads” from US companies claiming to be a talent search looking for you (or your child) to be “the next star”.  Their ads show pictures of US celebrities (adults and kids).

Someone you know, is about to attend one of these “agent meetings” and will be asked to pay these absurd prices for agency representation:

Please do NOT fall victim to this.
This is not legit.

You DO NOT have to pay an Agent thousands of dollars for representation!

You DO NOT have to pay to be seen by a Casting Director!

You DO NOT have to pay to audition for a role!

That is NOT how the entertainment industry works in Canada.

These US based companies come to Canada to exploit Canadian parents and aspiring talent
– They advertise on Facebook and on the radio
– They claim they can get you on US series – these are false promises
– Canadians CANNOT work in the USA without a work-permit/visa (which are hard to get)
– They are not affiliated with any reputable Canadian Agents or Casting Directors

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FREE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

ACTRA provides a wealth of valuable information for performers, parents and background performers.

What is ACTRA?  ACTRA is a national organization representing professional performers in the recorded, English-language media in Canada. ACTRA is an acronym for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists.

CHILD PERFORMERS AND PARENTS
CLICK HERE for the Child Performers Getting Started Guide

THE STAGE PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE
A must have guide for parents of young performers
CLICK HERE to download the guide. 

THE ACTRA AGENTS DIRECTORY / THE AGENT’S CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
ACTRA provides a list of agents who have joined the Entertainment Industry Coalition (EIC) and who have signed a Code of Ethical Conduct.  Are you considering signing with an agent?  Review and compare this Code to their agreement/contract.
CLICK HERE to view the ACTRA Agents Directory

GETTING STARTED AS A BACKGROUND PERFORMER
CLICK HERE for the Guide For Background Performers

TORONTO ASSOCIATION OF ACTING STUDIOS
http://www.torontoactingstudios.com/taas-studios/

ON THE eBOSS CANADA SITE YOU WILL FIND:
Upcoming Auditions
Upcoming Workshops
Industry News
A Directory of Industry Companies and Personnel
and much more

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PLEASE do your research
PLEASE ask questions
PLEASE be careful out there

If it sounds too good to be true … it probably is!

Special Thanks to Darlene Morrison for assistance in writing this article

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