The National Association of Talent Representatives (NATR) is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the various needs of licensed talent agencies in the New York metropolitan area, both as individual businesses and as members of the New York agent community. For over 40 years, we have represented the needs of all of our members, regardless of area of expertise or agency size. Our members comprise the vast majority of talent and literary agencies in New York City.
NATR member agencies have been a force of stability in the entertainment industry. As a trade organization, NATR works to foster a spirit of cooperation and unity among our members, and to strengthen the agent community as a whole.
NATR provides guidance and advice to all our members, including assistance with dispute resolution, commission grievances, and contract interpretation. We strive to keep our members informed of changes in union regulations and state and city laws that affect their businesses, and to provide a forum for our members to discuss and deal with professional issues related to the unions.
NATR members are licensed and regulated by state and local agencies and maintain agreements with performance and artist unions to the benefit of NATR member agencies and their clients. NATR members have been called upon by unions in an advisory capacity prior to their own negotiations with producers. As well, Board members maintain an ongoing dialogue with the guilds about issues affecting the agent community and the clients they represent.
Nicolosi & Co.
About Artists Agency
Ann Steele Agency
Gotham Talent Agency, LLC
Ingber & Associates
NATR is not a talent agency. We are a trade organization representing talent agencies primarily located in New York City.
No. We cannot recommend an agent, nor can we assist you in obtaining an agent.
The job of an agent is to create opportunities, procure and negotiate employment for clients and counsel them in the development of their careers. Agents in most states must be licensed by the state, city and appropriate governing body. Managers are not regulated nor are they required to have a license. Under law, managers may not procure employment for artists or negotiate without a licensed agent, and any person who renders agent services without a license may have their contract invalidated and be forced to relinquish any commissions paid.
There is, at this time, no SAG-AFTRA franchise in place. However, NATR continues to work with actors under State approved agency contracts and franchise agreements with other performer and artist unions.
Talent agents come from varied backgrounds, including the performing arts, business and law. The most successful possess a deep understanding of artists and both the creative and business aspects of the work they seek for clients. It’s a tough, demanding business with the benefit of working in a dynamic industry with very talented people. Many find an entry point as an intern, agent assistant or in the mailroom of a large talent agency.
No. If you are seeking representation, we recommend you contact the agencies directly.
As we are a trade organization representing talent agents, we suggest you contact your local branch of Actors Equity Association (AEA) or SAG-AFTRA for further assistance.
No. NATR members are licensed talent agents. Managers are not licensed, bonded or regulated by the unions, and by definition, may not provide the same services to actors as agents.
As a trade organization, we do not provide such a service. However, many of our members provide internships and training programs. Please contact our members directly for more information.