I had a meeting with them last friday. I met with Hallie who is the commercial Agent and Amanda who is the intern or Assistant. Not sure. But they asked me a couple questions about myself then had me read a commercial copy. Hallie seemed very interested In me but the Assistant for some reason was giving me the cold shoulder the whole time. So anyways after my read, Hallie ask me to step outside the room for a couple minutes so they can discuss. She comes out 2 minutes later and say "Basically what we're doing is taking interviews this week, i'm gonna talk it over with the other Agents and if we're interested you'll hear back from us". Never heard back from them so thats the only info I have.
Stay away from this agency!!! This agency is as scammy as MZA......These guys don't pay their actors, agents or their bills for that matter...They send their actors to a photographer in their agency who also happens to be an actor in the agency....His pictures were so bad I had to throw them all away. These guys fight with their actors and send rude emails and texts! Seriously Secret Agent Man you should check them out and report them... It's one thing coming from previous actors, but I would hope you could check into what I am telling you!!!
Could this guy have chosen a worse name for an agency.
Good to know. Now I'm glad I ended up not signing with them.
I dont know who you are or what agency you are talking aboit. I have had nothing but professionalism and support from this agency since I started working with them a year ago. We are in constant contact and they care very much about their clients as individuals and in terns of their desires in each individuals career goals. I have always been paid on time. I have no fear that my career is in greats hands. I do not feel like you are talking about the same agency, that I feel honored and grateful to be representing my name and vica versa. Honestly, you sound very bitter and I do not know what your experience was but this could not be furthur from the current truth. Maybe your actions warrented different responses from your agents and you had to be treated differently than the rest of us? Who is to say... but right now, there is no harder working..more present..available..caring and on the ball agency out there. That is all.
My experience with ATB is this. In March of 2012, I received a call from Blake, who is no longer with the agency, inquiring about representation. We spoke on the phone for 45 minutes, after that she emailed me a contact and the next day I was being sent out on auditions. I literally had an audition the next day. I am bilingual Spanish so I know I go out more than the average actor. 9 auditions after signing with them, I had my first commercial booking, 3 months after that the next booking came, then I booked a lead in an Indy feature 2 months later, then another commercial in February and last week I just got back from Houston from doing the Texas lottery campaign both in English and Spanish. Yes this agency has made me some money. And I'm thankful. They work hard for me. I also confirm auditions immediately, arrive on time, prep for auditions (it's a job people) and hardly ever complain to them about anything. They are not my parents, girlfriend, or BFF. It's a business.
Guy, Todd, and Hallie all work very hard for me. When I email, I get a response. When I call, which I only do for important things (which all actors should abide by) they listen and take the time to speak with me.
When I signed with them, they did not want me to take new photos...this is because I have good photos, not some deal I found from craigslist or a friend. After my 3rd booking they wanted new headshots because I lost weight from training for the LA Marathon.
They are not a scam. They are not a rip off. They are not your golden ticket to the industry - only you can do what you need to do to succeed. No agent, manager or casting director is your answer to every problem that comes your way. Be a professional and you will be treated like one.
And why on earth call for a rookie question? Go get the Ross reports and see who is seeking clients if you need new rep. Agents have many calls to take per day, more important ones that from someone who doesn't have anything better to do with their time than blast them on a message board.
As far as the MZA thing goes...my girlfriend is repped by them and she goes out all the time, she booked a 2 Broke Girls, Masters of Sex and currently has a pin in her for CSI all within the last 6 months. And they are a scam and shadey how?
Thank you ATB - I'm looking forward to more bookings and a great professional relationship with you.
You and Vincetula would have a bit more credibility if you didn't just show up out of nowhere giving this agency glowing praise.
I have no interest in signing with them myself, but I just wanted to let you know, your post do seem a bit suspicious.
I wanted to chime in because I am represented by ATB and I have had a really great experience with them! Todd was my manager previously and now my agent, I have great relationships with him, Guy, Hallie, Rachel, etc. at the agency. I go out very frequently for a wide range of projects- from independent films to larger budget studio films and co-stars/guest-stars on TV. Also a lot of commercial auditions for small projects and nationals, really a wide variety of everything.
I've always been paid on time, had frequent contact and in person meetings to discuss my career/strategies and have never felt scammed/ worried. I always feel comfortable talking to them about any questions about auditions/projects, and they've been great for me in negotiating contracts and getting me out.
Overall I am really happy with ATB-- and though each individual is different, I thought it might be nice to throw my positive experience out there Getting reps you trust, believe in you and your talent, and work hard for you is a very unique and individual process and means something different for everyone. I do believe that it will feel right when it "clicks" for you, and ultimately result in more work!
Good luck to all the hard working actors out there!
Just asking, why does it seem that almost all the actors who come on here and bitch and trash agencies and managers, usually are the ones who don't have agents or managers? Could just be my perception..
The reason we are here, is because our agents are people. And they deserve the same respect we demand from our agents. And what has happened here is that we care for them, and their reputation and I have taken it upon myself to uphold their name and so have a few other clients. Feel free to find me on my website www.theperrilauren.com or IMDB, or my facebook. We are real people and we are real clients and we are not hiding.
Yipes. Perri, your intentions may be good but...
- You appear to do most of your work in New Jersey (and we're talking about an LA agency)
- You list things like stand-in work and featured extra on your resume (hardly a sign of sterling professionalism; and your agency didn't tell you that?)
It's nice to have an identifiable person to deal with (unlike the others you assure us are real people), but you're not actually making your representation look very good, I'm afraid.
I can vouch for Vince b/c I also went out for that TX lottery commercial. Vince, how does ATB rate on paying you?
I read this thread and felt that it was important to respond to a few different things; it's important to dispell any rumors and perhaps clear up some confusion should anyone else have some misgivings or anxieties about signing with ATB.
Firstly, ATB's main office is based in Los Angeles; however they represent clients in New York and L.A. To write-off someone's testimony simply because of location shows that one hasn't quite done their homework (number one), and isn't really productive (number two).
Perhaps I am missing something in this thread, but there seem to a few people questioning ATB's behavior when it comes to payment. Granted, I do not work in T.V./Film/Commercial; however, it has been my experience that I pay them. All of my paychecks come directly from my producers and I then cut a commission check for them. Never once have I felt cheated, or short-changed. If you feel as though you're missing monies that you rightfully earned, take your pay stubs to a trusted CPA and have them look things over. But I highly doubt the culprit is someone working within the AEA/SAG-AFTRA franchised Agency of which you are speaking.
I have been with ATB for over a year. Never once have I been asked to use one of their photographer's for headshots. I have been represented by agencies in the past that have done so. But like all business endeavors, I was encouraged by the Agency to do my own research on the information given to me, and make a decision based on what would work for me. I have taken on photographers recommended by agents, and I have been unsatisfied with the work. That is a realistic endeavor in this business. Is that my agent's fault? No. I could have said, "No", but I didn't. And from such experiences I have learned how and when to speak up, to my agents or to a photographer. The only photo shoot I have taken at the behest of Guy, was in order to offer more looks to him in order to better market myself in Film/T.V. BUT that conversation happened with Guy, and we both came to a conclusion together.
No one is a victim in the business unless they allow themselves to be. My first recommendation to anyone pursuing or romancing an agent: do your homework, speak up, and decide for yourself if you're comfortable and happy with the potential. My second would be for anyone coming on to a public forum to cast aspersions: make sure your ability to compose sentences (and arguments) are perfectly spot on. This business isn't just about being good and being right. It's about the package you sell, and illiteracy is a huge turn-off.
I am sitting here, laughing my ass off. These posts are so transparent. Everyone defending this company is posting here for the very first time. Talk about lack of credibility. I've never heard of this company but all these posts are setting off red flags for me.
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
I completely agree SAM. This thread is hysterical. I find these posts almost as transparent as an agent who goes online and writes articles that trash talk other agencies and actors he sees in workshops but only posts under an anonymous name. These clients who posted their real names, just laughable.
I work in the industry and have done business with this agency before. They are no ICM or WME, but they were nice people and I had no problems.
Here's a red flag though, I just did a 30 second google search about them and the funny thing is I found an article written about the guys who run the agency. And even funnier is it was written by the very company that hires SAM to write anonymous articles. Is this really who actors trust to give them advice on who to sign with. Interesting.
My opinion is they are a licensed, bonded, franchised agency with a client list on IMDb. They have been in business for over 5 years (I learned that by doing my research) and have clients in LA and NY. Seems like they are doing something right.
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