As Albany Talent has become more active, we’ve begun bumping heads with an agency in Syracuse, and unfortunately this has created a situation where Albany Talent has been forced to compete with its own members. This needs to be resolved immediately. All talent that is currently represented by both agencies needs to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying as such. I’m familiar with some but am still asking for confirmation.
As of today, I’m requesting a zone of exclusivity for all Albany Talent models and actors of an eighty-mile radius from Albany NY. This would include Kingston to the south, Utica to the west, Lake George to the north and Bennington VT to the east. No bookings are to be taken by Albany Talent members in that area from a competitive agency. This includes an upcoming booking in the Lake George area.
As a very experienced model and actor who has multi-listed in many markets myself, I have never seen this. I have tried to work with it but can no longer.
Also, commissions and agency fees with Albany Talent have been consistently 15% and 10%. For all talent continuing representation with both agencies, rates will be adjusted, in fairness. Those remaining solely with Albany Talent will continue with the past rates.
For those models and actors who do not wish to give us our zone of exclusivity, we understand and wish you the best of luck, but we will be unable to provide further representation in the Albany area.
Please contact me as soon as possible. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 518-334-2918.