Frequently Asked Questions
This page is dedicated to answering some of the most “Frequently Asked Questions” pertaining to our agency and industry practice in general. Please be advised that the information provided on this page may not be applicable to all markets/cities/agents. The information contained here is the exclusive opinion of the ADR Agency and its staff.
How can I submit myself or my child to your agency?
To submit yourself or your child for representation, send ADR a non-returnable photo of yourself or child to our mailing address at P.O. box 6371, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744. Or email us your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please include your complete contact information and an agent will contact you upon receipt of your images.
Can anyone join ADR?
ADR is a full service agency, therefore we represent ages 4 and up (our oldest talent is 83 years old!).
If I send in my images, does this mean I will be represented by the agency?
Unfortunately, ADR cannot accept every inquiry. We carefully evaluate each photo submission to determine whether our agency can successfully represent each person. Those who we feel we can successfully represent we extend a contract for representation. Those who we unfortunately cannot accept are notified accordingly.
Is ADR an Exclusive agency?
ADR’s contract is an “exclusive” contract applicable only for the Hawaii market. Most reputable agencies in the Hawaii market are exclusive.
If I am accepted by ADR but later move or need to cancel my contract, will I be able to do so?
ADR’s contract is considered one of the most “talent friendly” available in Hawaii. For whatever reason, should you need to cancel your contract, you may do so in writing. During the first 13 months of your contract, a written request to cancel your contract will be honored immediately. Foll0wing this 13 month period, a written request to cancel your contract will be honored 30 days follwing its receipt.
Does it cost anything to join ADR?
No, there is no fee to join ADR. Our agency, like many established agencies are commission based.
If I join ADR, will I need to get a portfolio? Composite or Headsheet?
Each person pursuing a successful experience in this industry brings with them their own unique talent, ability and look. With that said, each commercial talent may/may not be promoted in the same way. What is good for one may not be good for another. Upon accepting a commercial talent in the agency, our agents consult with each new face to determine the best way to promote them. Our agency does require each commercial talent to have adequate promotional images, however what those images are, how many and whether they are in a portfolio format, composite card, headsheet is something that needs to be determined individually.
I am new to acting, will I need to take classes?
This a great question and like selecting what type of promotional material is best for you, the answer to this question is different for each person. It is also true that like any other art, sport or profession, training in your field is sometimes helpful if not necessary for success. Especially if your desire is to take your art to its highest level. Careful thought and consideration must be devoted to determining your best options, here are some helpful hints:
1) Do your homework! Most people when purchasing a car would do research, visit a number of different establishments to compare products, services and of course price. There should be no difference to the process of considering instruction in modeling, auditioning and acting.
2) Agents with your best interest in mind do not sell you a bag of dreams, be careful for those who might promise to “make you a star!”, especially if it requires you to spend unreasonable amounts of money.
3) Create a priority list based on the areas of the industry in which you feel you are most vulnerable. If you are not confident in a specific area of the industry, this needs to be rectified or else you are wasting your time. At the same time, the idea is to make $$ not spend it on classes! Consult with your agent and should some form of instruction be necessary, create a conservative priority list that will allow you to seek assistance in these areas.
4) Follow your gut, in most cases ones instinct is a great sounding board and is usually correct. If you feel you are being pressured or intimidated into spending $$ on classes, turn around and head in the other direction!
How much commission will the agency deduct from bookings?
ADR, as do many other reputable agents deduct 10% on union bookings and 20% on non-union bookings.
How many auditions or castings can I expect to go on in a month?
It is extremely difficult to anticipate how many castings or auditions a person will have. An agent may be able to provide someone with an average or estimate, based on recent history of your type. Anyone who guarantees you a certain number of castings or auditions is either an inexperienced agent or is trying to deceive you.
If I join ADR and already have photos, do I need to re-shoot?
If you join ADR and have current, professional composites and/or headshots you will not need to reshoot. The exception to this rule would be if an agent feels strongly that your images are not reflective of your current look, are inadequate for maximum promotion or does not meet the agency’s professional standards or expectations.
If I join ADR, is it required that I take a course with ADR?
Absolutely not, like we stated above, a commercial talent should shop around and consider all options when seeking instruction. There are many qualified professionals in the Hawaii market that can assist with instruction and development. ADR can provide you with referrals so hat you can make a very informed decision.
How many commercial actors does ADR represent? Am I just going to be another file or number?
ADR prides itself on its very selective new faces process. We will only accept a model/talent if we sincerely feel we can get that person work. On an average, we receive approximately 60+ inquiries per month. Of these new inquiries, we will approve an appointment to meet approximately 50% and eventually offer a contract to approximately 30% of those who initially inquired. This process allows us to properly consider the potential of each person’s submission. We try to limit the number of those we represent in any one category to 5 talent. This assures that you do not become a number.
Does ADR have a general list of ‘Do’s and ‘Dont’s’ that new listed talent/models can read as general pointers?
1.ADR MODEL and TALENT AGENCY IS NOT YOUR EMPLOYER.
2.CARRY A DAY PLANNER/DATE BOOK or PDA to KEEP INTERVIEW, BOOKING and SHOOT INFORMATION.
3.IT IS A NECESSITY TO HAVE A CELLULAR PHONE WITH TEXTING CAPABILITIES AND AN EMAIL.
4.WHEN RECEIVING AUDITION/INTERVIEW CALLS FROM ADR, PLEASE BE SURE TO RECONFIRM YOUR AVAILABILITY/APPOINTMENT WITH ADR ASAP.
5.ONE YOU HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED FOR AN AUDITION/INTERVIEW, WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOU KEEPING THAT APPOINTMENT. SHOULD YOU FIND THAT YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP A CONFIRMED AUDITION/INTERVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT THE ADR OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
6.ALWAYS TAKE YOUR HEADSHOT, PORTFOLIO, COMPOSITE TO AN INTERVIEW/AUDITION.
7.WHEN BEING BOOKED FOR A JOB, PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS SUGGESTED YOU MAKE AVAILABLE AT LEAST EIGHT(8) HOURS FOR SHOOTING (UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED BY ADR). ONCE A BOOKING IS CONFIRMED, CANCELLATION FROM THE TALENT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED WITHOUT DUE CAUSE.
8.PLEASE NOTE THAT ADR WILL ALWAYS REQUEST THAT YOU BE 15 MIN EARLY FOR BOOKINGS ETC. THIS TIME PERIOD IS A GRACE PERIOD THAT IS NOT COMPENSATED FOR ON BOOKINGS.
9.ALL BOOKING INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL, DO NOT DISCUSS RATES WITH ANYONE ELSE BUT YOUR AGENT. IN ADDITION, DISCUSSION REGARDING AUDITIONS AND/OR BOOKINGS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE PROHIBITED UNTIL THE SPOT HAS AIRED.
10.ALWAYS TAKE YOUR HAIR & MAKE UP KIT WITH YOU ON A SHOOT, EVEN IF THERE IS A HAIR & MAKE UP STYLIST ON HAND.
11.AFTER EACH DAY OF SHOOTING(BOOKING), PLEASE CONTACT THE ADR OFFICE TO REPORT YOUR TIMES WORKED (START TO END). PLEASE NOTE THAT SHOULD YOU NOT COMMUNICATE WORK SCHEDULES/TIMES WITH THE ADR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AFTER EACH SHOOT DAY, TIMELY RECEIPT OF PAYMENT MAY BE AFFECTED.
12.WHEN A JOB IS BEING PAYROLLED, YOU MUST BRING WITH YOU TO THE SHOOT TWO FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION (IN PHOTOCOPY FORM-NO ORIGINALS) ALSO, WHEN FILLING OUT ANY RELEASE, PAYMENT, CONTRACT FORMS ON SITE; YOUR MAILING ADDRESS SHOULD REFLECT THE FOLLOWING:
C/O ADR AGENCY
P.O. BOX 6371
13.A 4.712% HAWAII STATE GE TAX WILL BE ASSESSED TO ALL COMMISSIONS COLLECTED BY ADR.
14.TO KEEP COMMISSIONS LOW FOR COMMERCIAL TALENT, ALL AGENTS CHARGE CLIENTS AN AGENCY HANDLING FEE OF 20% (WHERE APPLICABLE). PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS AGENCY HANDLING FEE IS SEPARATE FROM THE COMMISSIONS DEDUCTED FROM THE TALENT.
15.CHANGES IN YOUR PHONE, ADDRESS, MEASUREMENTS, ANY/ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD BE COMMUNICATED TO OUR OFFICE. CHILDRENS MEASUREMENTS ARE TO BE UPDATED EVERY SIX(6) MONTHS.
What Holidays does ADR observe?
New Year’s Day
Day After Thanksgiving Day
New Year’s Eve