Frequently Asked Questions
What does Crown North Talent Agency Do?
We are a Talent Agency company. We represent prospective Talents that are interested in making a break into the entertainment industry. We provide you with the most needed exposure that you deserve. We represent clients in the areas of; Acting, Modeling, Stunts, Commercial advertising, kids 5 and up, voice over, dancers/ choreographers, accent specific talent, multi-language talent and more.
Do you charge a fee to sign up with Crown North Talent Agency?
As per the California State Labor code regulation, a legitimate talent agency should not charge a fee from a prospective talent. Commissions are usually paid to the agency for services rendered. We do not charge a sign up fee.
Do you suggest spending a lot of money on professional photos prior to signing up with our agency?
Once we have established a mutual interest in each other, we will then suggest that you invest in a portfolio to professionally display your work. It is advisable that you bring your portfolio to all auditions. Your headshot, or composite should be on the first page, followed by tear sheets (most current display first) in addition a supply of vouchers, current measurements, resume, map, and if a minor have your original work permit. It is important to protect your portfolio by purchasing one with a zip, and handler. These can be purchased at any Art or office supply store.
How does the California Child Labor Law affect children in the entertainment industry?
For those agencies looking to engage child talents, be advised that parents of these minors must accompany their minor and be present while the child is being employed. They do have a say and a right to approve or reject any particular activity or action. A certified studio teacher must be present on the set at all times including but not limited to every weekends and holidays. The law also stipulates that the child talent be hired between the hours of 5am-10pm up to a maximum of hours per day. However, a reasonable amount of hours for the rest of the day, be set aside and divide between relaxation, resting, school and other extra-curricular activities.
What type of permit would a child need to work in the entertainment industry?
California law mandates that all children working in the industry, birth to age 18 (or high school graduation) must have an entertainment work permit. This is a totally different work permit than those normally issued to working teens by their school. This permit is issued by the state of California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE for short). Parents are requested to apply for this permit and renew it every 6 months. The permit also allows minors to be absent from school to do paid modeling jobs, commercial and film work. Most schools are not likely to sign an application on behalf of any child with a less than satisfactory grade. Under this circumstance, a work permit cannot be approved or issued. Information that would be required for a child of school age; applying for a work permit will include a certified Birth certificate, passport, official letters from hospital of birth or any other legal documents reflecting date and place of birth. More information and questions regarding this issue should be directed to the labor standards Enforcement office at: http//www.dir.ca.gov/dise/DLSEform277.pdf
What is a Zed Card?
This is a photo card in either color or black and white, usually 5x7” and used for print work or modeling only.
What is a Coogan Account?
Parents and Guardians are required to establish a Coogan Account within seven business days after a minor’s employment contract is signed, and to provide the minor’s employer with a copy of a trustee’s statement (evidencing Proof of the account) within ten business days after the start of employment. Minors hired to work in the broadcast and film department in the entertainment industry, per the state of California mandate, a Coogan Law blocked Bank account for Minors be established. It is the responsibility of the employer (not the talent agent) to deposit a mandatory 15% of the minor’s gross earning into this account. Funds in this account are blocked until the minor turns 18 years of age. Most financial institutions are able to set up and provide a certificate of Trustee as proof of the existence of this account, it is imperative to distinguish to your financial institution the difference between the Coogan Account and a Court ordered or Cutma account.
What is the best way to reach you?
The best way to reach us is through the use of this website. We have prioritized our business practices to try to respond to all website request within 1 to 2 hours. Please use our Contact Us page to tell us how we may be of service to you. Or if you have questions, comments, or other concerns.