Jules B wrote: thanks so much! very helpful and just what i wanted to know!
Just stop in a couple. Ask about their client list. If they mention popular boutiques, hotels, etc, they're more fashion oriented (as far as this city goes) If they talk about MAGIC, SEMA, and other big tradeshows, they cater more towards promotional... though there's a ton of money there too...
Another guy that claims to be an agency is Remington. Stay away from that one.
Most of the larger agencies are divisions of DMC's. Providing models for conventions and events are their specialties, but they also can and do provide models and talent for all other requirements in the industry.
BEST is probably the largest of the agencies right now. I've heard some complaints that they don't pay as well as the other agencies.
Baskow & Associates is one of the oldest operating agencies in LV, and it seems they're always looking for models and actors of all ages for various gigs.
Allan Waxler Group provides quite a lot of models for trade shows and conventions.
Bookitinvegas.com is also known to pay well and pays immediately after the gig, although I don't know if they're still in business.
In Clark County, Talent Agencies are required to be licensed as an employment agency. Modeling agencies are required to hold a separate license. You can verify a license at http://sandgate.co.clark.nv.us/business … isting.asp Category 340 for employment agencies and 529 for modeling agencies.
Some agencies (such as Platinum) are located in an incorporated city such as Henderson or Las Vegas and are not required to have the county license, but do have to have the applicable licenses for the jurisdiction that they're located in.
A side note to the OP. The CITY of Las Vegas primarily starts at Sahara and runs North just past downtown. Summerlin is also included in the CITY of Las Vegas. If a business is only operating within the CITY limits, the do not need a county license.
Almost everything south of Sahara are the unincorporated towns of Paradise, Winchester, and Enterprise. This includes the strip where most of the casinos are located (the strip is not located in the city of Las Vegas). All of those towns are under the jurisdiction of the county so any businesses operating there would require a county license.
It should also be noted that while a license is required to legally operate, this should not be the ONLY factor in deciding to work with an agent or not. Just like any other licensed business, there are good people with great reputations, and there are bad businesses.
They recruit much of their victims via "Craigslist", and now dozens of people are also warning others about Tru Talent via craigslist. Awhile back Tru Talent had a 'scout' on Model Mayhem, that person was banned, but it's possible they attempt their bs here again. If so, report 'em to the moderators.
Tru Talent have 2 locations, one in Salt Lake City, the other here in Las Vegas.
The website (www.trutalentmanagement.com) advertises several different large corporations as their clients.
They are a "photo mill". They will try to get naive people to sign up for worthless, but expensive classes, services, and products. All EXPERIENCED models/actors that I know that has been to the Tru Talent offices have stated that they weren't "accepted" by the agency. All the novices or people that didn't have any experience have reported that they were accepted immediately.
Nevada labor law requires talent/modeling agencies to obtain a license issued by the state. County law requires agencies to obtain a non-gaming sheriffs card.
TRU TALENT DOES NOT HAVE ANY OF THE REQUIRED LICENSES to do business as a talent agency, modeling agency, or employment agency in Nevada.
TRU TALENT doesn't obey to the other state labor laws regarding agency operations either.
The company that I work for is the company that's responsible for marketing one of the displayed brands. NOBODY at my company and NOBODY at the brand company has ever authorized Tru Talent to do any work for us, and NOBODY ever even heard of Tru Talent.
When I called Tru Talent to ask what project we hired them for they gave me a total bullshit answer, which basically was "a guy that was hired to do a presentation for my company needed an assistant, so he called a friend, and that friend was a Tru Talent member".
That particular 'gig' was printing photos on an inkjet printer at a convention. Yeah, that's a real acting job alright!!!