Los Angeles City Attorney Launches Investigation into Acting Classes

Los Angeles City Attorney's office is now investigating casting directors for running allegedly illegal acting classes.

Following the controversial report into the "pay to play" acting classes, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office has launched an investigation into Hollywood casting workshops to determine if they violate the 2009 Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention act, which makes it illegal for casting directors to charge actors for a job opportunity. From Deadline:

Casting workshops are allowed under the law, but they can’t offer auditions or employment as part of their services. The rules were outlined in a 2010 letter sent to the industry by then-City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.

In April, the Casting Society of America established an investigation group to investigate expensive acting workshops that were a “pay-to-play” scheme – actors were being charged for acting classes that were not actually acting classes but, allowed the actor to audition for roles. Since then, one of the most powerful casting directors in the business, Scott David, has left the show and ended his workshop business, The Actors link. In addition, a petition urging the L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer to take action on the issue had over 10,000 signatures. Since the “pay-to-play” workshop petition, things are really changing in Hollywood. According to reports, “actors are calling and saying they aren’t going to do workshops.” This all started after The Hollywood Reporter investigated in to pay-to-play acting workshops. According to the report, these “acting classes” are linked to nearly every broadcast show. And many new actors are paying $1,500 a year on two or three workshop classes a month in hopes of landing a day-player role that pays only a little over $600 for one day’s worth of work. In fact, casting director Dea Vise argues that “Half the people that are on network television today paid for their job interview — the one-liner roles.” But, it’s important to highlight the fact that exchanging money for the possibility of getting a job is illegal thanks to The Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, which outlaws workshops and casting directors from charging or attempting to charge an artist for an audition or employment opportunity. However, since the law was passed seven years ago, there have been no prosecutions. It’s incredible tough to become an actor and it quickly becomes apparent that acting jobs is only an opportunity for the rich and wealthy. Head shots are expensive, acting classes are not cheap, and if you’re only way to get a major audition is by spending thousands of dollars, then the film industry is not only tough it is unfair. Related: What do you think? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.