Learning From the Best
We were so thrilled when Frank DiPalermo visited our class! Mr. DiPalermo has been an agent with Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego for 20 years. Our Encore4Kids and teen modeling/acting students learned so much from his thoughtful advice.
One of the main takeaways we got from Mr. DiPalermo was that professionalism and motivation matter to him. When he considers representing a young actor or model or performer, he makes sure that the child wants to be doing this, that they’re not being convinced by their parents. And if the child changes their mind, that’s ok. In addition to having the skills to be in the industry, a young actor or model should also be professional and on time (preferably early!) Because when they are sent out on jobs, how they behave and how professional they are is a representation of Mr. DiPalermo and Shamon Freitas. Anyone who behaves poorly on the job will likely not get called back again.
Mr. DiPalermo warned all of our students and parents that they should NEVER pay an upfront fee to be represented by an agent. A reputable, professional agent only collects fees from money actually earned on jobs. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a cost for young actors or models. There are costs for photographs, for travel and costs for training. But, while an agent can recommend a particular photographer or teacher, they should not be requiring any spending for any particular service. By the time a young actor, model or performer get in front of an agent, that agent will know if they have what it takes. At Encore Academy, we want to provide kids, teens and young adults with the right tools and skills so that, when they finally get in front of someone like Mr. DiPalermo, they know exactly how it’s done.
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