Agency Open Call
We represent kids ages 4-12, teens ages 13-17 and adults of all ages. We represent models and actors for print work, TV commercials, film, spokesperson roles and promotional jobs.
We do not accept Facebook submissions, mail in photo submissions or email submissions. We do not accept walk-ins during the week (only at the open calls). We must meet everyone in person at an open call session to properly critique and evaluate talent levels. We only represent professional actors and models with coaching, industry experience or both. We do not represent babies. We begin working with kids at age 4-5, when they are able to read and/or take direction.
INFORMATION ABOUT OPEN CALL SESSIONS FOR MODELS & ACTORS LOOKING FOR AGENCY REPRESENTATION:
We set aside time on Saturday’s to meet with aspiring models and actors (and their parents) seeking representation and/or learning more about our agency. You do not need to RSVP for the Saturday open call. During this time, you will have a chance to audition for the agency, ask questions, tour our studio and meet our staff. Please bring one non-returnable photo. The photo does not need to be a professional photograph but please bring professional photos if you have them. If we have an interest in representing you, professional photographs will be a necessity later down the road. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent. We only audition ages 4 and older. There is no need to be early and please don’t be late. Doors will not open early. Because we are working on other projects during the week, we can not accommodate early arrivals. If you arrive early you will have to wait outside or in your car. Anyone who arrives more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to audition but will be encouraged to come back to the next open call. There is no need to make an appointment. Open calls are open to the public. We will audition you for the agency and/or for the Connect NYC trip to meet NY agents. We audition singers and dancers for Connect NYC only. Please let us know your interests when you begin your audition.
Saturday Open Calls at 10:30 AM
Location: The Halo Studio
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, April 15, 2017 CLOSED FOR EASTER WEEKEND
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, May 13 , 2017 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM
HOW TO PREPARE…
Dress in neat, casual, age-appropriate clothes- nothing dressy or formal and please, nothing too sexy or revealing. Keep your appearance fresh and clean. If you wear makeup, keep it minimal or none at all. We like to see your hair natural, too. If it’s curly, wear it curly. If it’s straight, wear it straight. This will give us our best idea of what you really look like.
What to Bring:
- Please bring one non-returnable photograph. Only one is needed. We ask that you choose your photo prior to coming to the audition. Your photograph will be taken upon arrival. Please be prepared.
- Please bring a parent. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to audition without a parent. Halo encourages parent participation.
What to expect:
Halo is a positive and encouraging environment. Expect a friendly staff and a warm welcome. We will offer honest feedback and we will also make suggestions of how to better yourself for the industry. Models will be asked to walk runway. Actors will be given a script upon arrival. Actors do not need to prepare a monologue. Singers will be asked to sing 16 bars a capella. Singers should be prepared with a song. Due to limited space in our studio, we can not audition dancers. However, we will review video tapes, You Tube links, etc to consider dancers. No sexually explicit dancing is allowed.
What else should I know before attending open call at Halo?
Do I have to pay an agency/agent to represent me?
No. Agents and managers make money when you make money. Most agencies will charge 15-20% service fees to the model and managers normally take 10% of the talents over all pay. For example: When a model is booked to do a runway show that pays $100, the model will make $80 and the agency will make $20 out of the model’s $100.
Do I have to take classes for an agency to represent me?
No, not everyone needs classes, but many people do. There are people who have zero experience and they need grooming and coaching. If a model/actor is inexperienced, yes , they will need some coaching. However, we’ve had models and actors walk through our doors that already have major market experience, with their professional photos and resume, and we have signed them to the agency right away. We encourage anyone who is brand new to be honest with yourself. If you were put on a set, in front of a camera and the director told you to move and create art, would you know what to do? Would it look professional? Do you know the best angels of your face? Do you know the best angels for your body type? Or for actors, can you deliver the same line 50 times, but totally different in execution? These are all things models and actors should know. The bottom line is this: Classes are not mandatory, but we can not submit talent for jobs unless they truly know what they are doing. When you go on an audition through your agency, you represent that agent. If you are not professional, if you are not up to par, you potentially jeopardize your agency’s reputation with clients. We will offer honest feedback to you at the open call about where you are and what you need to do to improve.
Is Halo an agency or a training center?
First and foremost, Halo is an agency providing opportunities locally, regionally and nationally for models, actors, singers and dancers. Halo books jobs kids, teens and adults in the areas of print, television and film. Visit the “About Us” tab above to see a list of the jobs we have booked for our models and actors. We also offer basic to advanced courses in modeling, acting and personal development. We want our talent to do well in castings and auditions, so we offer lessons and coaching to help our talent become more competitive. The greatest athletes in the world are practicing and training everyday. Academy Award winning actors have been training and coaching and fine-tuning their skills for years. You don’t “arrive” at your greatest skill level overnight, you grow into it. Through the coaching programs at Halo, we help people develop into professional, self-confident actors and models.