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Good Talent Agencies For Foreigners In Tokyo

I recommended avoiding IMO Talent Agency due to my less-than-favorable past experience with them, but are there any good talent agencies for us foreigners here in Tokyo?  I compiled a brief list:

Zenith, Inc.
While at an IMO job, I met a fellow American that pointed me in the right direction by referring me to Zenith.  Zenith was a breath of fresh air―they asked for my bank account information when registering (a good sign they intend to pay), they paid me exactly 1 month after the job, and they're friendly and pleasant to work with.

I haven't registered with Avocado, so I don't have personal experience with them.  However, I've heard from others that they're professionally-run and respectable.  In fact, I believe they're run by foreigners frustrated by the questionable business practices of other talent agencies.

DAG Music
DAG Music is a talent agency primarily for musicians.  I am finishing the registration process with them (I have to record my demo medley), so unfortunately I haven't done any jobs for them yet.  Nevertheless, like the others, I was referred to them on the advice of fellow foreigners.

Ask others about the above agencies, and you'll likely hear positive things.  I can't stress this enough--it's critically important to vet and validate when working in this under-regulated industry.  Best of luck to you, fellow foreigner!

Thanks to a very kind reader, here are some more talent agencies that others report favorable experiences with
* Bayside
* Freewave
* Junes
* K & M Promotion
* Remix

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  • Guest - Sugimoto megumi

    I want to audition

  • Guest - Guliver

    Be careful with Remix. In the fine print of their contract they have a clause that says they can charge you 10 times your pay if you miss an appointment for ANY reason. So if you are sick, or example, and you miss a shoot they can literally rob your bank account of 10 times your pay. Yes, at the end of the month you could actually end up having a negative bank account for signing up with these guys. While unusual, this is actually a practice of some other “Black” Companies like NOVA that take Advantage of helpless foreigners and of Japanese that are too scared to challenge their employers. If you’re comfortable with this then go right ahead.

  • Guest - Mark

    Dont Use Aqua Models they have horrible communication and don't pay on time.

  • Guest - Gene

    Can talent work for multiple agencies in Japan? There only seems to confidentiality clauses not inclusivity clauses???

  • Guest - Tokyo-Skinny

    Lazarus is also a great agency! They pay you and even fight for cancellation fees and whatnot. And they pay you quickly (like within weeks)! I have had great experiences with them. They do have a ¥500 sign up cost (which had me a little wary) but the agents are super friendly and supportive. They knew I wanted variety TV work and pushed for me in roles that I didn't quite fit for... yet got because of their recommendation! A+++

    I am also registered with Bayside and Zenith. Zenith hasn't gotten me a ton of work, but Bayside is great!

    from Tokyo, Japan
  • Guest - Mark

    Guest - Tokyo-Skinny

    Lazerus is horrible

  • Guest - Chancy Mae Uy

    I'll do my best! FIGHTING!

    from Philippines
  • Guest - nouse

    Hi there,

    do i have to pay annual fees when i enter an agency? Or is the payment based on the job they are negotiating for me?

    from Germany
  • Guest - Miss Yokohama85

    I also worked for Group Echo in Yokohama in 2013. They refused to pay me for my work saying that they forgot even after more than ten phone calls and emails. I had to threaten going to labor standards to get my pay and have met other victims. They also cheat in Kansai, do a google search.

    from Japan
  • Guest - Tokyo5

    I have worked for Group Echo for seven years. They used to be an honest company who paid exactly when they promised. Unfortunately, about three years ago, they had a big shakeup at the head office in Osaka. After that it became more and more difficult to get paid. Now, they won't pay you at all. The only jobs that they will send you on, are for NHK, where a racist director will refer to you as "white guy" or "black guy" even though they have been reminded of your name a dozen times. Countless other forms of mistreatment on the job are common with Group Echo, mostly because they deal mostly with NHK.

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