Can I operate a modelling school as well as being a talent agent?
• This can be a conflict of interest, as a talent agency can be found to be in contravention of the Employment Standards Act and Regulation by charging for these other services. No fees other than those allowed by the Regulation can be charged to or deducted from a performer or technical creative film person. Persons referred to as “models” working in film, television, television commercials and radio commercials are often found to be performers, extras or actors covered by the provisions of the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. • Do booking fees count as commission? • In some sectors of the industry, a producer may pay a talent agent directly for providing talent. This is sometimes called a “booking fee.” Booking fees are not part of a performer’s income and are not subject to the requirements of the Employment Standards Act. Confusion about what is a booking fee and the performer’s resulting commissionable income can result if the booking fee is shown on the performer’s pay st