Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to join?
Tapping Frog Talent Management does not charge any joining or administration fees. We work solely on commission.
There are costs which actors should expect to pay towards developing their chance of securing work. For example, Spotlight membership and good headshots are essential elements of this, and though it is technically possible to represent a client without these, it is more difficult to secure appointments for such clients.
Do you take actors of all ages?
Yes, and unlike many agencies we particularly welcome the opportunity to work with and help develop child artists from the age of 5 upwards.
As you work with children, do you have appropriate clearances and experience?
Yes, in addition to enhanced DBS clearances, both of the principals are fully licensed chaperones. Further, Annarie Boor has a wealth of teaching experience within both the public and private systems and continues to provide specialist workshops within the school system. This forms a part of the Mentor Through Film initiative which is a collaboration between Tapping Frog Productions, Tapping Frog Talent Management and the training entities Dance with Annarie and Acting Like Annarie.
Are you agents or talent managers?
Both, and unlike many others, we take both roles seriously. As agents we book assignments, negotiate contracts, collect and remit payments. As managers we help to guide talent and aid their development so that they have the best opportunity to realise their potential.
Can I be represented by more than one agency?
In theory yes, but in reality most reputable agencies such as ourselves will insist upon sole representation. When an actor is represented by multiple agencies, there is a significant risk that you could be booked for different jobs on the same day. There is also a substantial chance that you could be suggested for the same roles by different agencies. This can cause frustration for casting directors, who have a difficult enough job without such issues. It also causes issues for the agencies involved.
We also ask that all approaches made directly to clients are directed to us. This helps to ensure that any bookings are tracked correctly, enables us to represent you and prevents scenarios where you have conflicts which can cause issues for all involved and damage your, and our, reputation. We are here to help guide and protect you, and it could be a job that we have previously declined to submit you for as we have concerns about it.
Do you handle modelling work?
Our primary focus is dramatic work, although we do have connections that may mean that we will periodically be able to handle modelling and catwalk jobs. If your aim is to be a model, we would suggest you contact an appropriate modelling agency as the acting and modelling industries are quite different things.
Can you guarantee work for your clients?
Like any reputable agency, we cannot guarantee work for our clients. Nor can we guarantee auditions. Casting breakdowns are received daily and we take care to suggest our clients for the roles that they are suitable for, but please bear in mind that there are many, many actors looking for work and only a limited number of appointments.
This is also why we ask clients to let us know in advance of any dates where they will be unavailable for castings or filming. This helps avoid booking appointments that clients cannot keep, which causes frustration for all involved.
How much notice will I get for auditions?
Typically we receive appointment notices from casting directors for attendance the following day. Though appointments are more typically booked for the afternoon this is not always the case.
Young performer appointments are often scheduled between 4 and 6pm to avoid interfering with schooling obligations as much as possible.
Adult appointments usually take place during the daytime and will often have less than 24 hours notice, so it is very important that you remain contactable throughout the day as turnaround times can be rapid.
Do I need to be based in London?
We evaluate all submissions on a case by case basis. We do work with clients from across the UK and Europe, but there are certain things you should bear in mind. Casting directors will not take into account your additional expense and travel time to attend auditions, so you will need to ensure that this is viable for you. Jobs cast for the South East will generally not pay accommodation or added travel expenses and this should again be taken into account.
The industry is evolving though and self-taping of initial auditions is becoming increasingly common. This helps casting professionals to see people from a wider net before moving to physical call-ins for callbacks.
As you are connected to a production company, can you guarantee work via that route?
No, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, any production work undertaken by Tapping Frog Productions is subject to outside factors such as funding and distribution. There are therefore no guarantees as to when and if projects are given the green light. When they are, there may be constraints on casting imposed from executive producers and distributors relating to the marketing and target audience of the film. We will then have our own creative constraints and will want to cast the project so that the project itself is as successful as possible. We have a responsibility to our investors that is paramount. Where role breakdowns are available, that clients of Tapping Frog Talent Management match, they will always be submitted and clients will naturally have an advantage in the sense that we know them and know what they can bring to the table.
As clients, would we be expected to engage in the Mentor Through Film initiative?
No, there would be no such expectation. The Mentor Through Film initiative relies on people volunteering their time to work on the projects, which is typically unpaid. The aim of the Mentor Through Film initiative is to give new and emerging talents opportunities to further their experience, whilst learning from more experienced contributors, on real projects. This also gives the more experienced members of the collaboration the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and experience. Most Mentor Through Film projects are usually free from any encumbrances from outside parties and therefore give us much more flexibility on casting choices.