Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I sign with YCAA how much will it cost me to be represented by your agency?
We don’t charge any monthly fees, registration fees, sign-up fees or charge you for headshots. This is also why we keep our roster size smaller than other agencies. We only sign on talent we feel will be a good fit. We look for artists we can help who have a noticeable talent and have drive. We put a high premium on talent. We only make money if one of our talents books, therefore we look for talent that will give us the best shot at booking.
We put a high premium on, skill level, passion, and hard work.
Q: In my artists agreement it says that YCAA agents don’t take any commission or money if the project is less than $1,000. Does that mean that I should be submitting for those projects on my own or should I still send these projects to my agent?
Your chances of booking are disproportionately higher if you have an agent apply for you as oppose to self-submitting. So we encourage all of our talent to not be shy and share projects you are interested in submitting regardless of the monetary value. We value relationship and trust above all else, so please, if we can help you book a show or a spot…We will be glad to do so.
Q: Can I cancel my agreement?
You have the right to cancel any contract within 10 days of receiving a written copy of your contract. You don’t need a reason to cancel. Once the 10-day grace period is done, your contract then becomes binding. That said, we did include an exit clause in our contract that allows any Artist(s) or Agent to cancel representation if there hasn’t been any activity or any opportunities given to you within a 4-month period.
Q: How long are your artists agreements for? What's the duration of your contract?
1-year. In Canada, all talent agencies follow the TAMAC artist agreement standard. All of our contracts are 12-months with an option to renew once the agreement is over. Find out more about Your Rights as an Actor here - https://www.ontario.ca/page/modelling-and-talent-agencies-your-rights
Q: What casting networks is YCAA currently on?
We are on all the major casting platforms (Breakdown Services, Casting Network, and Casting Workbook)
Q: Is YCAA currently looking to take on new Talent?
We are always selectively expanding our roster. If you are interested please visit our submissions page.
Q: Union vs. nonunion: Do I have to be a union member to book work?
No, you don’t necessarily need to be unionized to book acting jobs. We agents can facilitate the paperwork and help with the process once eligible or if required.
That said, if you are just starting out, it is very wise to look at all opportunities available. There are a slew of jobs that are non-union. It’s probably a good idea to go for those and get the experience needed to build a quality demo reel!
Union actors can audition and book non-union jobs, however, it is not advised and you need to check with your union before accepting or doing any non-union work.
Q: Does YCAA represent background talent?
YCAA is a principal agency. We do not actively seek or submit background work.
Q: How often does an actor work?
There is a lot of the process of being selected that is unfortunately outside of our control. Many variables at play.
We are the "middlemen” and all we can do is submit you for work. If you hear anything else from another agency or and agent it is false. No one can guarantee work, unfortunately.
It all depends on the season that we are in, such as the summer season is the busiest in the city and December being the slowest. It also depends on your look, your resume, and your personality. There is no way of figuring this question out because you the ACTOR are responsible for landing the job, we the agent can only get you the audition. Together you the Actor and we the Agents will always put our best effort forward and give our artists a quality chance to get booked.
Q: How often can I get an audition?
Depends on your look and what our clients/casting directors asking for in their breakdowns.
Q: Can I have more than one principal agency representing me?
NO, we only offer exclusive agreements to our YCAA Artists. Let’s say for example you did choose to have 2 agencies represent you, If both agencies submit you for the same job and you land it then both agencies will fight for the commission.
That said, we do have multiple artists on our roster that are represented by other agencies for other talents than commercial, theatrical, or theatre. For example, those artists have YCAA represent them for film, tv, commercial,s, and theatre and they have another agency (independent from YCAA) represent them for voice-overs, modeling, music, literary…etc.
Q: If you are under 18 years of age are you able to go to an interview and or sign with an agency?
ABSOLUTELY NOT, this is highly unethical and illegal, a parent or guardian has to always accompany a minor.
Q: Is YCAA a member of TAMAC?
Not yet! One of the requirements to become a TAMAC member is to have been operating as an agency for a minimum of 2-years. We will become Eligible to join TAMAC in March 2022.
That said, we have structured our agency (including our artists agreement) to follow all of the ethical practices and standard business procedures TAMAC members follow.
TAMAC is a valued collective voice within the entertainment industry. TAMAC addresses concerns in many areas, including unions (ie: ACTRA/WGC/UDA/DGC) and their various Agreements.
Q: What is ACTRA?
ACTRA is our guild that helps actors in making sure they are being treated fairly on set along with trying to get more work to come to our city.
Q: Are there fees to join ACTRA?
Yes like any other business you have to pay for permits if you are a non-union actor who has been chosen for a union commercial or film. After the Apprentice Program, you are then asked to give union dues every year along with dues taken out of every job.