Frequently asked questions; if you can not find the answer to your query below, please contact us by visiting the contact page.
Q. How much is it to join your agency?
A. Nothing upfront. we do take a £40 admin fee but this is deducted from the first job booked through us. We make our money via the 20% commission fee we deduct from securing you paid work.
Q. How much will my agency photos cost me?
A. Absolutely nothing. We need recent professional photos of you in order to secure you work. We do however, offer the opportunity for our talent to purchase their images to use on other websites but for use on our website, it is free.
Q. What kind of experience do I need to be represented?
A. We work with experienced talent as well as those who are brand new to the industry- everyone has to start somewhere.
Q. How much notice will you give me for auditions?
A. Typically, casting directors give us appointments for castings taking place the following day. This means that we usually contact clients with about 24 hours notice although the nature of the industry often means you being expected to arrive for castings with just a few hours notice.
Q. Can I be represented by more than one agency?
A. We are a non exclusive agency, this means you are free to join any other agency if you wish to. Although, if you are offered to appear on a particular production through Wilkins Casting Agency, you will not be able to undertake the same production through another agency.
Q. What is a self tape?
A. It’s increasingly common for casting directors to ask actors to ‘self tape’ for a role instead of bringing them in for an initial meeting with an assistant. This means filming yourself reading the lines, using a smart phone or tablet (though a DSLR or video camera is fine if you have one).
If they like what they see on the tape, they will then bring the actor in to meet in person, or sometimes bring them straight in for a meeting with the director. This is a good thing, as it means that many more actors get a chance to be considered for a role than would be possible with traditional first round meetings. It also saves you the time and expense of travelling into central London for a role that you might not be quite right for.
For further assistance or advice on how to make a self tape, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Q. I live a long way from Birmingham, should I apply?
A. We have represented clients from across the UK, and even overseas, so it’s certainly possible to be represented by a Birmingham agent even if you don’t live nearby. You should however bear in mind that producers will often consider talent with Birmingham agents to be ‘Birmingham based’, and won’t make any allowances for the additional time and expense involved in getting to auditions and assignments. We will always attempt to negotiate but as general rule, work secured for supporting artistes will not cover travel expenses to and from filming.