1. Agents Get Paid When You Get Paid
Don't hand over your hard-earned cash to fake representation. If the person or organization you are looking in to requires a large up-front fee, monthly payments, or other hidden fees, chances are they will be just sitting back and enjoying your money while you wait for nothing. That isn't to say that there definitely aren't hardworking agents who function under this structure, it's just very easy to rip you off with it. Often, representation can appear complimentary on the outside, but hefty fees start to pile up in the form of mandatory recording with their personal studio, mandatory press kits, or other development fees. For the most part, legitimate agents and promoters will only get paid when you get paid - by taking a pre-determined percentage off of your salary for the work completed.
"If everyone in the music business were brutally honest about what their intentions were then you could sort things out, but it's all smoke and mirrors."
2. Do Your Research
3. Beware Of Unsolicited Contact
4. Follow Cues
5. Do They Really Know What They're Talking About?
Karen McKenzie is a contemporary vocalist and vocal coach with over 20 years experience in the music industry. She has worked with professionals from all different factions of the business, including top reps from Sony, Virgin Records, Universal, Disney Studios, and others.