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Acting and Modeling Quick Tip -Why I Turned Down $2000

August 27, 2015 13 Comments

About the Author:

Aaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model nearly 3 decades. His  book,  How to Become a Successful Commercial Model is now in its 5th edition. Aaron has given his seminar: The Best Way to Get Work as an Actor and Commercial Model over 500 times in four countries. He also offers online workshops. Aaron saves 4 days each month to give private on-line coaching sessions.

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  1. Susan Reed says:

    Very helpful and make perfect sense. Thank you.

  2. Christina Ray says:

    Aaron,

    Thanks so much! Very helpful. it was something I had not thought of and now realize how important it it to check.

    Christina

    • Aaron Marcus says:

      Thank you so much Christina. Most folks would not think of this until
      after they book the job and then begin running into problems.

      Really appreciate you taking the time to send the note. Have you done
      much acting or commercial modeling work?

  3. Geraldine says:

    Hi Aaron,

    All the releases that I have signed, whether paid on unpaid work, say that my image, etc., will be used in perpetuity or will be used by the company in whatever way they want. I questioned the companies and my agent about it before and the answer always was that the releases are generic and they all say the same thing and that I should not worry about it.

    • Aaron Marcus says:

      Geraldine, typically, model release forms are similar. That is why in my book
      How to Become a Successful Commercial Model, I have a page devoted to release forms
      and teach people what they need to change.

      What I am referring to is not really a release form. It is the booking agreement between
      the client, agent and model. Hopefully, the jobs you did won’t create any issues for
      you in the future. Not all of them do. But, at least now, you have a better understanding
      of the length of an ad being used, and have the knowledge to say yes or no to the job.

      If you have not read my book, you can find it at http://www.howtomodelo.com

  4. Leo says:

    Hi Aaron.
    Thank you for all your helpful information. My daughter is a child performer. I as guardian, signed
    signed a commercial contract that included a very small sum perpetuity buyout for Internet. The production company assures me that this should Be viewed as a conflict by A competitor due to minimal exposure in minimal face time on the one minute commercial. In New York child performer contracts require judicial approval. We have not been served any papers prior to our agreement so I do not believe judicial approval exists. Will you consider disaffirming this contract by legal means or in your opinion do you think I should leave well enough alone. I have been advised by an attorney that this is an unenforceable contract due to my daughters age (six years old) and lack of judicial approval.

    • Aaron Marcus says:

      Hi Leo.

      I am a little confused by your note. Did you mean to say that the production company assures you that this should NOT be seen as a conflict? Was your daughter a principal or an extra in the project. Normally, my understanding is that only principal roles could be considered a conflict. This sounds more like a legal situation, and one I would don’t know quite how to properly answer for you.

  5. Will says:

    How’s it goin Mr.Aaron Marcus,what advice would you give me as far as I want to pursue in modeling because my mother&friends been telling me thee longest to take a shot at it. Only thing is Im 26 yrs old,I work to support my 6yr old daughter and I have no clue on where should i start best at

    • aaron84 says:

      Hi William,

      The first thing you want to do is learn how to create a great head shot. You can read more about this on howtomodel.com. You should purchase my book from the site as well. It will walk you through the entire process of creating the needed photos and even learning how to find a great agent. That will be your next step. You can find hundreds of agents on my web site as well.

      Keep your regular job so that you have money to support yourself and your daughter and slowly begin to create the right photos and find representation.

      Take care.
      Aaron

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