Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Do not pay to be seen...auditions are free

From California state legislation to City of Los Angeles legislation practices that have become common place in Las Vegas are increasingly illegal in Southern California. Casting Directors who do workshops must have a prominent disclaimer in all advertising and make it clear at any workshop that they are not there to consider anyone for any role, and that such workshops are for informational purposes only. Companies such as John Robert Powers cannot imply that taking classes will lead to work. And now if anyone ask your for money to qualify you for any audition, turn them in to the Los Angeles police.


The city of Los Angeles is warning casting workshops and talent services that it's serious about enforcing tightened state rules barring "pay to audition" scams.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich...warned that a willful violation could bring both jail time and a $10,000 fine. "Please note that the talent service is not the only potential offender," Trutanich said in his letter. "A person who aids and abets a violation of this statute is also criminally liable."

As previously reported on this sagactor blog:

 "Using casting director visits is a common way for local companies to make money, or out of town companies to attract and keep students, clients, actors and most important additional funds to their profit line.The truth is that most of those "casting directors" and "agents" are simply earning extra bucks, and are in violation of the rules and ethical codes of the Casting Society of America (CSA). Except for established actors requested by the producers, these casting directors expect talent to live in LA or the city where they are casting an actual project to be considered for roles

For those who are tempted to pay big bucks through agents, "studio's", schools or so called "rehearsal spaces" here in Nevada, please read the California legally required disclaimer whenever casting directors do a seminar or appearance involving actors:

"This is not a job interview or audition. The presence of a Casting Director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment. The intent of the class is solely educational. Attending a workshop is not a way to obtain employment as an actor. Such contact as you may have with a Casting Director at a workshop rarely results in any further contact with that Casting Director or any company affiliated with that Casting Director."

First published 4/23/2010

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