When your child enters into the modeling industry, you are sure to encounter many a contract with various prospective employers of your child. Since you want to make sure that your child will not be exploited and he or she will actually benefit from such contracts, it is important that you practice the utmost scrutiny when it comes to assessing them – even if you have hired a manager or an agent to handle such things.
After all, it is your responsibility as a parent to always protect your child!
There are many different tips and recommendations that will come your way, but it is very, very important that you keep in mind these main things:
- Never sign a contract without thoroughly reading through it first.
It may seem very tempting, especially during your first time talking with an agency or agent, to just jump the boat and sign onto that piece of paper right in front of you.
After all, the very charismatic and convincing agent you are talking to may have made many promises and may have painted a pretty picture of your child being a true star, adorning all the largest billboards in Hollywood with all the other superstars. He may have painted the picture so well you can practically feel the money and the fame pouring in.
Well, this is the main thing with agencies, especially smaller ones – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember that.
No matter how lovely you think your child is, keep in mind that no one becomes an overnight success just like that! Even those who have seemed to suddenly get fame is sure to have worked hard to get to where they are today.
Be smart and always put your child first. If the contract seems too technical for you to understand, chances are you are dealing with a fake. Be smart and buy yourself time to really read through the contract thoroughly so you can be 100% sure that your child will be safe and happy.
If the agent refuses to give you time to read through the contract, get your child and leave immediately. It is most likely a scam!
- Make sure to consult with an expert such as a lawyer before making a decision regarding such contracts.
Once you get a copy of the contract, make sure that you read it very, very carefully. Remember that whatever is on that piece of paper will be legally binding for your child, and you never want to put your child into a position where he or she would be in jeopardy.
However, although you have read through the contract and you think it seems to be okay, you should make doubly sure by having it checked by a legal expert such as a lawyer. Why should you do this? Well, it all circles back to one thing: You want to protect your child. Period.
By having a lawyer check the contract, you can make sure that your child’s rights are respected and that he or she would be protected by the law.
- Make sure that the contract has the best interests of YOUR child in mind.
Yep. This is yet another mention about protecting the best interests of your child. Well, all throughout this book, you are sure to see this many, many times. This is because I want to emphasize again and again just how essential it is that you protect your child at all costs.
Know that the entertainment business isn’t all fun and games, and it is not always pretty. That’s why you want to make sure that your child will be safe and secure with you looking out for him or her.
In contracts, watch out especially for the hours of work required from your child. Also look out for exceptions and such which may be the agency’s roundabout way of creating legal loopholes for them to use against your child.
Too paranoid? Not at all. Again, it is the safety of your child that we are talking about here!
The bottom line of all of this, though, is to never sign a contract unless you know what you and your child will be dealing with.
MANAGERS vs AGENCIES
Now that you have established some of the legalities regarding the world of modeling, the next step is to acquire information about how your child would be “handled”. That is to say, who would be the primary people you would have to deal with in terms of really getting your child out there into the world of modeling.
In modeling, some of the primary handlers of your child would be a manager and agencies. Contrary to popular belief, managers and agencies are not the same. The following posts take a closer look at the actual duties and responsibilities of each will show you just how different they actually are from each other.
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Category: 04 - Managers, Legal Contracts & Unions