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Important Agency Information 

How to join our agency

From October 2017 our agency became an 'invite only' process. Should a student excel on a course through the BAA (Phase II and above on the Warrior Masterclass) and show talent, dedication, passion and commitment, they will be invited to join our agency. 

If you have successfully passed a Phase II after October 2017, we will be in touch should we wish to invite you onto our agency. 

If you recveive an invitation to join directly from the BAA, you will need to provide us with the following: 

  • Professional headshot (low res image uploaded onto your portal account)
  • Body shot (low res image uploaded onto your portal account)
  • Action shot (optional low res image uploaded onto your portal account)
  • Bio data completed in full (on your portal account)
  • Copy of a current DBS Certificate (emailed to agency@britishactionacademy.com)
  • Copy of passport/visa (emailed to agency@britishactionacademy.com) 

Should any part of the above be incomplete, you will not be confirmed on our agency and will not be considered for work.

Phase II students prior to October 2017 - application 

Prior to October 2017, students who passed Phase II of our Warrior Masterclass were automatically eligible to apply to join our agency. 

If you are a pass Phase II student before October 2017, our agency application terms state that you will not be able to accept you onto our books until you have provided us with the following:

  • Professional headshot (low res image uploaded onto your portal account)
  • Body shot (low res image uploaded onto your portal account)
  • Action shot (optional low res image uploaded onto your portal account)
  • Bio data completed in full (on your portal account)
  • Copy of a current DBS Certificate (emailed to agency@britishactionacademy.com)
  • Copy of passport/visa (emailed to agency@britishactionacademy.com) 

If we have not received the above information from you in full, we can confirm you are not on our agency and will not be called for work.

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is completed and we have received your application data in full (see above list). 

If you are a pass Phase II student prior to October 2017 and believe you are already on our agency, you must log into the portal as soon as possible and ensure we have all the application data from you (listed in point 1).

If any part of this information is missing or incomplete, then you are not on our agency and will not be put forward for casting calls. You will have to reapply via agency@britishactionacademy.com 

If you are a Phase II student (pass) prior to October to 2017 and want to apply, you will need to contact us on agency@britishactionacademy.com and we will assess your application. Should you be invited onto our books, you must provide all application data (listed in point 1).

Please note that the agency is now invite only and your application will be considered on a case by case basis. 

What type of agency is the BAA?

We are a Skilled Supporting and Featured Artist agency. Not an extras agency. This means we will actively source and prioritise the following roles:

  • Skilled Supporting Artist roles (SSA)
  • Featured action actor roles
  • Specialist action roles

The roles we work hard to bring in are statistically higher paid than standard FAA/BBC/ITV extra rates with many of the roles being featured and closer to camera. On many productions. we have secured our performers travel and accommodation, unlike other agents with SSA roles. This however, is not guaranteed.  

Stunt work through the agency

Our first port of call for any stunt work that comes through our agency in the UK is to use Stunt Register professionals. If however, a certain look or skill cannot be provided, then we may source outside the register. 

Every performer is put onto an Equity stunt contract and is paid full stunt wages and travel/accommodation is negotiated under certain conditions. 

We do not charge commission on the daily rate of stunt performing work for register members. We charge the client a processing and administrative fee relative to the job requirements. We do however charge commission on the daily rate for non-registered performers. We also charge a 20% plus VAT agency fee on any negotiated buyouts for performers both on and off the register.

Success on gaining work through our agency

For close to camera/more featured combat work, we may prioritise work to students who have completed the BAA Advanced Screen Combatant. Priority will be given to students who are higher trained through the BAA, however we work hard to ensure work is distributed as fairly as possible.

I'm on your books, but I'm not getting called for work, why?

Firstly, if you are a Phase II student (pass) prior to October 2017 and you have not supplied all the relevant data  needed to join our agency (listed in point 1) we can confirm you are not on our agency and will not be called for work. 

If you have been formally invited to join our agency/or a Phase II Warrior Masterclass student prior to October 2017 and you have supplied all the relevant application data, you will be on our agency. In this instance gaining work through our agency is based on a myriad of conditions. 

As the roles we source are invariably more featured, productions are much more specific about look and costume fit than if they were casting for standard extra roles. If you do not have the right look for a role or do not have the right body shape, we cannot put you forward. 

As we also concentrate on more featured work, this means that we do not have calls for hundreds of people for any one time.

It's also important to mention that at no point can we ever guarantee work through our agency, we are not a dedicated management service.

Our agency statistics

  • The maximum capacity for our agency currently stands at 300 members.
  • From a major report on our agency statistics from January 2016 to March 2018 we have provided work for 71% of our agency members.
  • Since January 2016 to March 2018 we have worked on 124 projects from major blockbusters to TV shows, commercials and live shows.
  • We have trained 1568 people since 2010.
  • We have trained approx 70% of people who have joined the stunt register within the last 3 years. 

Data as of March 2018

How likely is it for me to become a successful performer?

Any performance route in the screen industry is tough to break into and to make regular reliable work from. That being said, we have hundreds of students who are making steady income from either skilled supporting artist work, acting or stunt performing. 

These successful performers have ensured that they continue to work and promote themselves. To be taken seriously against the wealth of talent in the action industry and to be successful in this business, you must promote yourself as a business. You cannot expect the phone to ring for work, you must be proactive and motivated to network yourself.

A successful performer in the action industry is always training, always learning and updating their skillset. They live and breathe the action industry and prioritises their career over and above anything else. 

 As a minimum requirement, you should possess professional headshots, body shots and a showreel.

Our courses and what they mean in the industry

Warrior Masterclass

The Warrior Masterclass is the flagship standard in screen combat and is the only screen combat course recognised by the UK film and TV industry. It is ultimately designed to help you become a better screen performer.

Of course, completing any phase of the Warrior Masterclass will not guarantee you work in the industry, however, as it is the industry standard requested by some of the leading Directors, Producers, AD's, Stunt Co-ordinators and casting agents in the UK film and TV industry it is an essential skill to gain, should you want to become a performer in the industry.

The BAA Advanced Screen Combatant qualification (completing all 4 phases and passing the final test day) is hugely respected in the industry and after 9 years, it still provides the highest standard in screen combat training in the UK.

B.L.A.S.T Stunt training 

Our B.L.A.S.T stunt training course is designed to be a personal development course for those looking to develop their action skills. The course is open to anyone with any background and offers the only industry approved health and safety stunt training in the UK. 

In the last 2-3 years we have trained over 70% of the new intake of the stunt register. The six skill system teaches you to become a competent athlete, however it does not teach the stunt techniques that you will need to become a successful stunt performer. Hence why our B.L.A.S.T. course is extremely popular with trainee, and current successful stunt performers, both in the UK and around the world. 

 Gun Rush 

Gun Rush is a firearms performance based training course, which offers you the chance to learn how to perform realistically with firearms on the big screen. The only firearms course in the country taught by leading registered stunt professionals, the course enables you to be able to perform a variety of gun slinging characters alongside learning the technicalities of firing weapons. 

Whilst this is not a certificated course, it is essential performance training for anyone looking to enter or progress into the world of screen action.

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