Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Is AM&T legitimate?
Austin Models & Talent (AM&T)
carries a $10,000 bond and is licensed by the State of Texas
Department of Licensing and Regulations. We are backed by a
local reputation that is solid. We do not charge upfront fees
and only profit by commission when we put our talent to work.
We sell no classes, no photography, or printing. We only
profit via commission on jobs that we secure for you.
- How do I apply for representation?
To apply, please see the Talent
Submission Guidelines. If you submit for representation,
keep in mind that we receive many submissions. In most cases,
we will only contact you if we are interested in discussing
representation further with you. Please do not feel ignored if
you do not hear back - we receive many submissions on a
regular basis and it is difficult to respond to each unless we
need additional information, or if we have interest in
pursuing representation of you.
- Must I have professional photographs to apply?
No, but it can't hurt. All we must have are a couple of
clear, evenly lit snapshots, but higher quality pictures
increase the odds of our accurately evaluating your potential.
You might want to consider attending one of the free theme
shoots for the Texas
Models & Talent Forum to get professional photographs
at no charge. We are the only Agency that we know of in Texas
that provides these type of events, regardless of affiliation,
in order to help build a stronger and more vital talent
- Will it cost me anything?
AM&T Agency charges no fees for representation other than a percentage of any jobs
we find for you. You may, however, need to pay for
professional photographs and/or acting lessons, and you will
need to provide comp cards to us. AM&T will never make
anything from these expenses, and will do our best to find
good deals for you. These things are not manditory or
requirements of representation, but may be suggested as a
means of further developing your skills and the material that
you are marketed with. In addition, AM&T often offers free
photography and headshot shoots for individuals signed. There
is never any expectation for payment on these shoots, they are
done as our investment into your career.
- Are there any expenses after signing that I am responsible for?
Yes and no. You are responsible for providing
professional quality images for use in your portfolio as well
as printed comp cards and headshots with the AM&T logo and
contact info on them. This is standard practice in the entire
legitimate modeling and talent industry. We will not require
you to use a particular printer, but may recommend specific
printers who will give discounts based upon our agency volume.
You are always free to use any company for printing that you
choose. In Addition, we make available to our talent free test
shoots with local photographers, and our online database has
no cost to be listed on. You are free to use the photographers
who donate their time to do these free shoots, or you may hire
photographers on your own as long as the quality and style of
their work fits our current agency and marketing needs.
- Are you a modeling or acting school?
No. In fact, while some agencies also operate "schools" on the side,
it is a clear conflict of interest for an agency to also be a
school, or to make any "kick back" from schools or
photographers. AM&T does none of these things. If we
recommend specific training, it will be through industry
professionals who are 100% independent of any business
association with AM&T.
- What is the connection between
the Austin Models & Talent Agency, and the Texas Models
& Talent Web Forum?
Although owned by the same person, these are
separate entities. Other agencies, and talent represented by
other agencies, are welcome on the Texas Models & Talent
Web Forum. In any case, the forum site is free and is designed
as a place for models, talent, and photographers to network
and share work and ideas. This is one of the many ways that we
give back to the Texas talent community. The online forum is
not a business, it is simply a message space like thousands of
others across the Internet. The forum is free, though
membership must be approved.
- How do I know that AM&T is legitimate?
The State of Texas requires model and talent agencies to be
licensed and bonded. The bond amount is $10,000 and must be
obtained through a recognized bonding company. The license
requirement is through the
Department of Licensing and Regulations. Some states do
not require this, but Texas, California, Florida, and others
do regulate model and talent agencies in order to try to keep
the industry legitimate. You can read the Texas
Agencies Occupations Code as well as the Texas
Agencies Administrative Rules for more information. If you
are approached by anyone in Texas claiming to be an Agent,
Agency, Manager, Talent Agent, Model Agent, Management
Company, Talent Scout, etc...... Understand that these
occupations in Texas require proper licensing. Search
the State of Texas Talent Agency Database to determine if
someone is legitimately licensed. Austin Models & Talent's
license number is TALAGY00000439.
- What types of talent do you represent?
We currently represent actors, models, singers, dancers, voice
over artists, photographers and even animal talent. We
specialize in youth (children through teens), but do represent
older talent as well. At this time, we do not represent
- What ages or age ranges are you interested in?
We are interested in talent of all ages, however, we generally do
not represent any talent under the age of 5. We do represent,
in some rare cases, individuals under the age of 5, but that
is not common.
- Do I need to be 5'11" tall and
waif thin to be represented by AM&T?
Certainly not! Most of the work
in our territories is theatrical and/or commercial in nature.
Therefore, we are looking for talent in a large variety of
sizes, ages, and looks. The waif look is really only a
requirement for high fashion modeling. There are other
agencies in Austin that specialize in that style and look.
AM&T is more commercial based in nature.
- Were are you located and what
territory do you represent?
We are located in Round Rock, though the
majority of our communication and business is conducted by
phone and electronic email. We have no other locations, but we
do represent the areas in, between, and around Austin. We
accept job requests in other cities as well and do have talent
signed with us who reside in other cities (such as San
Antonio, Waco, Houston, Dallas, etc.). Our primary market is
the Austin area (thereby the name, "Austin" Models &
Talent). Our talent members and parents are very involved and
often help pass news along, tips, assistance, and other
valuable things as part of the "agency family."
- If I already have an agent for
another city, can you represent me in your territory?
Yes, as long as it does not conflict with any agreements you have with
your current agency. We prefer you do not have the same type
of representation in the same geographic area as it can create
conflicts and confusion. If you are signed with other
agencies, we may need to review any such agreements to ensure
there are no conflicts
- Are you an exclusive agency?
No. While there may be a few select individuals on an exclusive
agreement with us, the general population of the people we
represent are on an non-exclusive agreement. This means you
are not "bound" to us for work you find on your own. We only
receive commission when we actually provide the work contact
to you, or if you ask us to get involved to negotiate fees or
contracts for a job. Additionally, you are free to work with
other agents or management firms (as long as they are
licensed), and there is no set term under which your contract
binds you; you may cancel at any time for any reason.
- Does signing with the Agency
promise or guarantee me work?
No. There are many factors that can cause
success (or lack thereof) including talent, dedication and
drive, market needs, and plain luck. As AM&T does not
receive anything unless we find you work, however, we are
certainly motivated to work hard for you. Agents do not obtain
work for their talent; they obtain them opportunities and
auditions. The talent needs to have the skills to land the
roles with their experience or abilities and looks.
- What if I sign and I get a
different offer or decide I no longer want representation?
Currently, all our contracts include a thirty-day,
no-fault "out" clause. Because we are selective in who we
sign, we are more focused on the individuals in our agency. If
you feel there are other opportunities that are better suited
to you, we will fully support your decision and cancel our
agreement for you. In many cases, we will even waive the
30-day-notice, unless we currently have a client reviewing you
for potential work. We will even help you with your transition
to your new agency, including helping with new photos if your
new agency needs anything specific.
- I don't live in Texas. Will you
Probably not. We find jobs in our specific territories,
and our clients are generally not willing to pay for travel
expenses. Unless you have a very well established name or are
willing to travel to auditions and jobs at your own expense
(at very short notice), it is not viable to live outside Texas
and be represented by AM&T. When/if you move to Texas, we
welcome your application for representation by AM&T.
- .I have mailed or emailed you my
photo and still have not heard anything. When will I hear
Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we simply cannot
respond and reply to everyone who submits. If we are
interested in you joining the agency, we will contact you
ASAP. If you wish for your photos, or any other material you
have sent us, to be returned... please include a SASE (Self
Addressed Stamped Envelope) and we will return your submission
materials to you after our review. Just because several weeks
have passed it does not mean we are not interested. There are
many factors that influence who we select to sign. Be patient
and we will evaluate every submissions fairly and within the
scope of our current requirements and needs.
- May I email my photo to you?
Most agencies require prospective talent to mail a photo or headshot and
resume in the regular hardcopy U.S. Mail. While there are good
valid reasons for this, AM&T actually prefers submissions
electronically via eMail. This is often easier for you, and it
saves you money. This is easier for us because we can access
remotely and through all three of our locations. Additionally,
we are aware of the destruction of our environment and prefer
to do our part to reduce waste. When eMailing, please keep the
image size to a minimum - anything exceeding 300K total file
- How is AM&T different from
all the other agencies in town?
Our goals may be different from other
agencies. While we are a business and do need to be
compensated for our expenses and our efforts through the
commission process, our focus is more on the development of
the talent that we represent. Many agencies will charge their
talent a fee to be listed on the database of their website. We
do not. In fact, our database is set up so that YOU manage
your own listing. You set up an account with login and
password, and then you use the easy-to-navigate online forms
to create and update your resume and statistics, as well as
upload images into your online portfolio. Most agencies will
send you to photographers where you pay to have headshots
taken. AM&T, where possible, is generally willing to shoot
your headshots, as well as comp card and portfolio images,
free of charge. We can even help set you up with local
photographers in your area that will work with you on a free,
testing, or TFP basis also. We will help you review potential
jobs for suitability, provide you advice on what roles to take
or turn down, and be there when you need assistance, advice,
or just to help keep you motivated. We care about the people
that we represent and believe that element of our agency will
help provide better, more finely tuned talent for our clients
- I heard bad things about you on
The Internet is a wonderful tool when used correctly.
Unfortunately, with all good things there are bad. It is very
easy to hide your identity and slander or libel people or
businesses when you can hide behind a computer keyboard. As
with all business, you can please most of the people all the
time... but there will always be those who decide they are
unhappy because they cannot be represented, they are no longer
represented, they are not happy with their lack of success,
and etc. Where there are legitimate wrongdoing or complaints,
these are handled through legal channels and a business must
answer for this. When someone is simply unhappy and making
things up to smear a business name, they do this using fake
names, no names, or bogus websites and message posting forums
where identity and ownership cannot be traced. If you feel you
have a legitimate claim against an agency that is licensed,
file a complaint with the State of Texas and be accountable
for your statements. Read anonymous slander with a grain of
salt and better focus on checking out legitimate and
verifiable issues by asking questions, checking for actual
real legal problems, or by talking to other talent who have
first hand experience. In this business, there are many sad
individuals who are cut-thoat when it comes to the making or
breaking of their, or their children's, success. Common sense
and educated checking should be enough to guide a reasonable
person. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions -
Our name and phone number is available and not hidden or
Above and Beyond...
- In designing the Austin Models &
Talent Agency, we benchmarked other agencies across
the country. Successful businesses use the "best practices" in
the surrounding industry in order to design a process that is
World Class. Some of the attributes we decided to create to be
different from the rest of the pack are as follows:
- Most Agencies in Texas are strictly
businesses that will find their talent work. AM&T provides
not just agency representation, but we act as a personal
management firm as well. We work together with our talent to
help build their goals and objectives. We assist in the
creation of portfolios, headshots, and other promotional
materials. We review jobs for content and implication and
ensure that our talent's best interests are in mind, and that
the job fits within their established goals and direction.
Low Volume Representation - We do
not have a huge inventory of talent where individual people
can be easily forgotten. Our talent is hand-picked based upon
our belief in their potential to succeed. We are not going to
forget who you are, and we are going to work as best we can,
beyond just job placement, to help you develop the right
career choices and path. Due to our online forum site, we
communicate constantly with our talent and know each person
individually. This helps us work as manager as well as agent.
Commission Fee Only - Legitimate
(licensed) agencies in Texas cannot charge any upfront fees.
AM&T takes this one step further: Time permitting, we
shoot our talent's headshots at no cost (updating any time you
have changes, grow older, or request a new look). We also
attend and take part in free photo events that help our talent
meet other photographers and obtain constantly updated photos
for their portfolios. Through our intense involvement on the
Internet and model/talent forums, we've brought together a
huge community of people that all work together to help one
another out. These shoots are free of charge and involve a lot
of photographers who are happy to come out and donate their
time shooting (Test and TFP).
Online Database - Some agencies
actually charge their talent a fee to be listed on their
website database. AM&T had a professional programmer
custom design an interactive, real-time database of our talent
that the individuals we represent themselves can update at any
time with their own login/password. The database interface for
entering resume and portfolio photos is easy to use and
self-guided with special form fields that even someone who
knows nothing about computers can use. Our talent may display
any number of images within their own personal online database
profile listing, and may even hotlink to individual photos
stored there if they want to post to forums, etc. Changes may
be made (revisions, modifications, and additions) on the fly
without having to wait for the agency to actually make the
updates for you! As with everything else, this is provided at
no cost whatsoever to our talent.