Commercial Actor: Union Franchised Talent Agencies
What is a Franchised Agent?
A franchised agent is a company which represents union actors working in show business. Talent agents find work for actors and negotiate contracts in exchange for a percentage of the actor's fee. To be a union franchised agent, the agency must abide by certain rules and regulations and maintain ethical standards. Consult SAG-AFTRA You and Your Agent FAQ for more information.
SAG and AFTRA maintain lists of union franchised talent agencies on their websites for all cities and states. The SAG-AFTRA website adds this important reminder:
SAG-AFTRA cannot make any recommendation on which agency is best for any performer—those remain individual choices should be made by members based on their own personal and professional preferences.
Use the links below to get the most up-to-date information about union franchised talent agents.
The Actors Group (AFTRA, SAG, AEA)
9703 SW 264th Street
Vashon, WA 98070
Voice-Over, Hosting & Celebrity Talent: (206) 427-7449
Film, TV, & Commercial: (206) 300-6080
Contacts: Jamie Lopez and Erin Fetridge.
Founded in 1991, The Actors Group represents top talent in film, television, digital, game, and live event productions. Services include: strategic and tactical career management, publicity management, and contract negotiation.
The Actors Group represents a diversity of talent without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, ethnic origin or sexual/gender orientation. Please email your materials and The Actors Group will contact you if they would like to schedule an audition. No follow up calls, please.
Big Fish NW Talent
217 N. 9th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Seattle Talent: Melissa Baldauf, ext. 3
Spokane Talent: Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, ext. 6
Extras Talent: Elyse Sevener, ext. 4
Founded in 1996, Big Fish NW Talent is a Spokane talent agency and a Seattle talent agency covering the Washington, Idaho and Oregon markets. Big Fish is a full service agency for models, actors, spokesmodels, emcees, hypnotists, magicians, stand-up comics. Big Fish promotes talent for projects ranging from indies to theater blockbusters, regional & national commercials, training videos, gaming, voice-overs, corporate events, and many others.
Big Fish accepts submission for representation from all ages and types. Submission info here. Big Fish recommends independent professional photographers and photo reproduction services on their web site, should you need them. Big Fish does not offer these services itself. No follow-up calls please.
Colleen Bell Modeling & Talent Agency (AFTRA, SAG)
14205 SE 36th St, #100
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 649-1111 [No calls from new talent; email to follow-up]
Contact: Colleen Bell.
Opened in 1990, The Bell Agency represents union and non-union talent. They are a full-service agency that does commercials, industrial videos, voice-overs, high fashion modeling, commercial print, and live shows. They represent talent in both Oregon and Washington, and book jobs in both states.
The Bell Agency holds regularly scheduled Open Calls for talent and models, ages seven and older, that are looking for representation in Oregon and Washington. Consult website for latest scheduling details. Please email them if you would like to come and include "Open Call" in the subject line. Include your picture, resume, and a short statement expressing your interest in being seen in the email. You will hear back from us within a week or two. Only invited talent are seen at Open Calls.
Email preferred; no calls please.
Dramatic Artists Agency (AFTRA, SAG)
5400 Carillon Point
Building 5000, 4th Floor #141
Kirkland, WA 98033
Dramatic Artists Agency represents actors and industry specialists such as keynote speakers, stunt artists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and choreographers.
ENTCO International, Inc. (AFTRA)
15913 20th Place W
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Contact Terry Quick. ENTCO is an event management company which schedules entertainment for parties, corporate meetings, conferences and much more. The agency is currently accepting submissions from talent ages 18 and up. No child submissions please. Click Here for submission information. ENTCO is also looking for art activities artists, caricaturists, comedians, costume characters, multi-cultural groups, look-a-likes, music groups, singers, speakers, and staged shows (such as improv, murder mystery theatre, interactive theatre, etc.).
Seattle Models Guild (AFTRA, SAG, AEA)
1264 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Open Calls: smgmodels.com/page/475
Contact: Kristy Petersen.
Seattle Models Guild is a full service modeling agency. Seattle Models Guild promotes talent for fashion and commercial print, runway, TV, film, and broadcast work. SMG accepts submissions from talent into these divisions: women, men, children (age 2 and up), and specialty (footwear and maternity). It helps if you can also act. SMG also places hair and makeup artists and art directors.
SMG holds Open Calls twice a week. As an alternative, interested talent can submit their photos and contact information via email. Consult the website for up-to-date information. No follow-up calls please.
Sterling Talent Agency (SAG)
18908 SE 227th Pl
Renton, WA 98058
Contact Pam Miller, Submissions Manager.
Sterling Talent Agency is a full service agency for actors and models. This agency is accepting submissions from all types of adults as well as children ages 4-17. Click Here for submission information. Sterling promotes talent for film, TV,commercials, fashion and commercial print, etc.
Contact: Terri Morgan.
TCM Models is a full service agency representing kids and adults for work as actors and models locally, nationally, and internationally. TCM promotes talent for film, TV, commercials, fashion and commercial print, and more. TCM Models is a model and talent agency and not a school—they only make money when you work.
This agency is currently accepting submissions. For models: TCM Models conducts open call interviews for prospective new models (that meet the height requirements) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4pm. No appointment is necessary, people seen on a first come, first served basis.
For Actors: Send in a headshot and resume to email@example.com or by mail and TCM Model's talent division will contact you to set up an audition if you are suitable for the agency.
No follow-up calls please.
Topo Swope Talent (AFTRA,SAG)
2540 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
Tim Crist <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Contacts: Topo Swope or Tim Crist.
Founded in 1994, Topo Swope Talent represents a select roster of talent for film, TV and voice-over work. TST accepts actor submissions via regular mail only. Consult TST's talent submission page for more details. No walk in submissions or follow-up calls, please.
Eastern Washington and Idaho
MAM (SAG, AFTRA)
Seattle (Dustin Wilsor): (206) 249-9051
Spokane (Anne Mitchell): (509) 720-8312
Contacts: Anne Lillian Mitchell, Owner, or Dustin Wilsor, Seattle Division Director.
Founded in 2008, Mitchell Actors & Models represents actors, models, and voice-over artists working in film, television, commercial, print, theatre, and live performances. MAM’s roster includes Broadway Performers to established Film Professionals.
MAM has two Northwest regional offices one covering the Coeur d'Alene Idaho & Spokane, WA region and another providing talent to Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. To become part of MAM’s roster, please consult MAM's Join page.
Actors in Action, LLC (SAG, AFTRA)
323 NE Wygant Street, Suite 203
Portland, Oregon 97211
Contact: Damon R. Jones, Talent Agent.
Founded in 1998, Actors in Action accepts submissions from all types of actors ages 5 and up. AIA promotes talent for principal and extra work in film, TV, video, voice-over, print, and more.
AIA conducts periodic on-camera acting and auditioning skills workshops for new actors. AIA also has open call auditions posted on their website and social media. AIA prefers to represent available talent (ages 8 and up) living in the NW. Full submission information posted on their website. Follow-up calls are welcome.
107 SE Washington Street, #156
Portland, OR 97214
Contact: Jason Jeffords.
A boutique agency, Arthouse Talent accepts head shots, resumes,electronic links and files of demo reels for all adult types with professional acting experience. Arthouse Talent promotes actors for film,TV, commercials and print work in the Northwest.
Use the online submissions page to request representation. No regular mail or in-person submissions will be accepted. Please no follow-up calls.
Option Model and Media (SAG)
4815 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland Oregon 97239
Contacts For casting and booking inquiries:
- Print / Show: Kit Garrett at email@example.com
- TV / Film / Video / Commercial / Voice-over: Dennis Troutman at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Special Request / Kids: Chas Thompson at email@example.com
Option Model and Media is a collaboration of veteran agents and bookers representing models, actors and kids. We pride ourselves on prompt and professional service to all of our clients, and we promote our talent for any an all opportunities related to Film, TV, commercials, fashion and commercial print, and more.
Use the online submissions form to request representation.
Puddletown Talent (AFTRA, SAG)
107 SE Washington Street, #156
Portland, OR 97214
Tel: (503) 546-8862
Contact: Jason Jeffords.
Founded in 2008, Puddletown Talent is a Portland talent agency just for infants, kids, teens and young adults. Pudddletown represent boys and girls from infancy on up old for fashion, print, catalog, TV, radio, web, and more. As a Union-Franchised agency, Puddletown Talent's goal is to show that young talent can be professionals too. As of May 2015, Puddletown Talent acquired Arthouse Talent and continues to run it as the adult agency for Men and Women actors and models.
Parents or guardians encouraged to use the online submission form to request representation for their child or children. No follow-up calls please.
Ryan Artists, Inc. (AFTRA, SAG)
239 NW 13th Street, Suite 201
Portland, OR 97209
A full-service agency, Ryan Artists is currently accepting electronic submissions of headshots, resumes and voice demos from all ages and types including multicultural and stunt talent. Voice reels should be in Mp3 format; links are also welcome. Click Here for submission information. Open calls are held for models only. No follow-up calls please.