Like many other states, Florida heavily regulates talent agents and talent agencies. The State of Florida requires that individuals wishing to represent clients pursuing entertainment employment be licensed. To become a licensed talent agent, the applicant must have experience in the field, listed references, and provide the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation with fee statements and other documents.There are fees related to the application which must be paid by the applicant prior to obtaining the license.
Choose the Proper Business Entity
Talent Agencies can be formed in different ways. This may mean that talent agents can create partnerships, sole proprietorship, corporations, etc. where allowed by law. The entity types differ in the protections offered under the law as well as the restrictions placed on the operation of the business. Discuss these issues further with your entertainment attorney to decide which business type is best for your goals and needs.
Build Your Team
Be sure to work with an entertainment attorney to insure that your business is abiding by the law. Additionally, entertainment attorneys can draft, review, and negotiate the many important contracts that you will need and encounter during your endeavors. Hire an accountant familiar with the legal accounting requirements defined by Florida Law. Work with a marketing team to promote your talent agency via the press releases, websites, advertisements, etc.
How many people do you know in the entertainment business? Are they good referral sources? Meet and discuss your clients and services to as many people in your community and the entertainment industry as possible. You never know when you may be introduced to your best client.
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The information contained in this guide is not legal advice. Please discuss your legal goals, needs, and questions with an entertainment attorney in your state.
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