Please scroll down...
Our Policy on Charity Work
on Non (or Low)-Paying
We and our performers give generously of our time
and income to the charities of our choice, therefore we cannot
offer free or even deeply discounted performances for other charities,
as worthy as they might be.
If a performer were to work for your event at no charge or at
a deep discount, it would likely require them turning down
normal-paying work for the same date/time. Alas, few of us have
that luxury... we're all just working stiffs, trying to make the rent.
While we appreciate that you may be
a non-profit organization,
we, alas are not. We receive several such requests each week,
and it's simply not possible donate our time to all.
Hardly a week goes by, when we are not not asked by a TV producer
or marketing person to arrange a free or very low paying appearance
by one of our performers for their show or PR media event.
"It's great publicity," they will inevitably say.
Quite honestly, In all my years in business, neither I nor any performer
I know has ever received a single paid booking or even a phone call
from an appearance on TV.
My performers and I are professionals.
None of us work for free.
I'm sure you don't, either, nor do the other suppliers employed
or contracted by your company. For a television show which generates
millions of dollars in advertising to ask a poor actor or an agent to work
for nothing is, in our opinion, inconsiderate and disrespectful.
If you want a performer for your TV show or media event,
please be prepared to pay for him/her!
Please do not ask me for performers' phone numbers or contact info.
That is proprietary information and I give it to NO ONE!
Occasionally, a performer might be willing to do a free
appearance for their own reel. I thoroughly support this
and am usually happy to pass such opportunities over
to them, however since this is usually of benefit only to the performer
(i.e. it has never translated into more bookings through my agency)
when I arrange such things, I charge as I would for any other job,
even if the performer is willing to work gratis.
I realize this sounds harsh, however I have been promised too
many times that my agency would be credited, and either I was not credited at all
or the obligatory credit went by so quickly or was in such small type as to be moot.
When viewers wish to book the performer, they end up contracting directly
or even through other agents.
If you want the benefit of my years of experience vetting/"acquiring"/getting to personally know
the best performers in the industry; if you want access to my vast, international network;
if you want me to take time away from my other [paying] clients to give you want you want so
YOU can make money, please expect to compensate me fairly.