Porn 101: Choosing an Agent – Part 1

Once you have made the choice to get into the adult industry the next step is making the decision as to whether you need an agent and who that agent will be. Who you choose as your agent is probably one of the most important decisions you will make as performer. Your agent will shape your career and be able to use their mainstream and industry connections to help you further your career. Your agent will be the person within the industry that you have the most contact with at first. Therefore, its important that you choose your agent carefully and research who you may be hiring to represent you. Talk to other performers about their agent(s). Twitter makes it quite easy to approach and ask other performers in the industry what they like or do not like about their agent(s). And make sure you get more then one opinion.

After choosing an agent you will have to decide whether you will relocate to Los Angeles or will you simply visit Los Angeles and work while you are there. Living in Los Angeles or traveling there will make a difference in not only how much work you can expect but also what your life will be like and how your career will proceed. From a career perspective, living in Los Angeles will probably result in more work since you can be booked at the last minute if another performer isn’t available, refuses the job offer or “no-shows.” However, living in Los Angeles is probably much more expensive than where you may live now. Also, living in Los Angeles will allow to you develop relationships, business and personal, with producers, directors and other performers that may help and assist with how your career proceeds.

I would recommend that anyone seeking an agent in Los Angeles chose only a licensed and bonded talent agent. In California, all agents are required by state law to be licensed and bonded. Also, any agent booking work for talent in California also has to be licensed and bonded in California. Even if your agent is located in New York and that agent is booking work for you in Los Angeles, they too must be licensed and bonded in California. You can check to see which agents are licensed and bonded by searching on this database -> http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/dlselr/talag.html

Who’s Licensed & Bonded ?

According the Licensed Adult Talent Agency Trade Association ( Please see: http://www.latata.org ) the following agents are currently licensed and bonded in adult entertainment in California;

  1. LA Direct Models
  2. Spiegler Girls
  3. Type 9 Models
  4. Foxxx Modeling
  5. Adult Talent Managers
  6. Matrix Models
  7. OC Modeling
  8. World Modeling
  9. Metro Talent Management
  10. Kiser Models
  11. Vangard Talent
  12. 101 Models
  13. Motley’s Models

(Author’s Note: I represent Metro Talent Management, however I do not endorse or recommend any of the other above listed agents. The list is merely provided as a starting point for your own research. Choose the agent that will best serve your needs as an performer. If you are an agent and want to know how to become licensed and bonded in California please see http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Talent_Agency_License.html )

What’s a Talent Agent Contract Look Like ?

As a licensed and bonded agent, your agent is only allowed to use a pre-approved Talent Agency Agreement. A California Labor Commissioner MUST pre-approve and stamp all talent agency contracts. A sample of the current Labor Commissioner approved contract can be found here -> Talent_Exclusive_Contract

If your agent hands you a contract that does not look the above contract, has additional pages or is not approved by the state of California Labor Commissioner that is not a valid talent-agent contract and you should not sign it. As a part of being licensed and bonded, every agent is required to have any changes or additions to the standard contract approved by the Labor Commissioner before providing it to talent to sign. Without such approval those pages or parts are not enforceable.

However, your agent may ask you to sign a model release and a 2257 document to place your photographs on their website. Those are acceptable to sign since your agent will need your agreement to start promoting your pictures on their website.

As a rule, your agent should provide you will copies of everything you have signed so make sure you receive copies for your records. If your agent does not provide a copy make sure you take a photograph of every page of the contract with your phone and keep those photos for your records in case you need them in the future.

How Much Do I Pay My Agent ?

If your agent is not licensed and bonded they cannot receive a fee for booking you work. Often people will claim to be managers and or publicist and attempt to book work for you. If they do, legally they cannot take a fee for doing so. Only licensed and bonded agents may collect a fee for booking work for you. The fees an agent may charge is not limited however the standard in the adult entertainment industry is between 10-20% of the total gross fee paid to the performer for each job secured. The amount of fees that the agent will charge you must be stated on the talent agency contract.

If you would like to research the laws pertaining to talent agents in the state of California please see -> http://www.agentassociation.com/frontdoor/agency_licensing_detail.cfm?id=572

In my next article on this subject I will discussed living in Los Angeles, what you can expect from your talent agent and what they are allowed and not allowed to do.

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