Los Angeles Talent Agency charged with false advertising in child talent search

A talent agency and its owner have been charged with falsely advertising to child actors and charging them $1,500 for an agent. The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed five counts each against Carl Carranza and Flashcast Companies Inc.

Five victims have complained to the city about Carranza advertising on Craigslist.org for a free talent search for children to work in modeling, catalogs and television commercials. Flashcast allegedly sent e-mails inviting the children and their parents to their offices where they were told that they could get a licensed agent for $1,495.

Prosecutors say Carranza was convicted on similar charges in 2002. He faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of making false or misleading statements.

Call for Actors Seeking Talent Agent in New Mexico

The Atherton Group is seeking submissions for prospective talent for representation in The New Mexico Market in Film, Television, Commercial, Voice Over, and Print. Founded in 1994, The Atherton Group has been ranked as one of the top talent agencies by the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com). Recent success stories for talent with The Atherton Group include Brea Grant (star of NBC’s hit TV series HEROES), Cambell Westmoreland (cast in Robert Rodriguez’s SHORTS and Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD), Davi Jay (cast in HBO’s upcoming series TREME), and Natalia Castellanos (cast in an upcoming episode of CBS’s CSI:NY). In addition to serving the Texas and New Mexico markets, the agency also has divisions in Louisiana and California.

The agency is accepting submissions from the following...

Children: They do not represent babies. They are currently only accepting submissions from children who are at least 4 years of age. If you do not have a professional headshot, please submit two or three close-up images, including a face shot and a body shot, along with a resume of your interests and special skills. Please include hair and eye color, height, weight, ethnicity, and date of birth.

Voice-Over Talent: Please email your resume and Voice-Over demo(s) (links only - do not email large files). They will consider Voice Over Talent from other regions who have in-house studios, ISDN and/or Phone Patch capabilities.

To be considered for representation please mail your headshot(s), resume, and other material to:

The Atherton Group Operations
New Mexico Submission
1310 E. University Avenue
Georgetown, Texas 78626

No Phone Calls. Meetings by Appointment Only.

Voice Over talent ONLY can email a demo to:


Please note that they receive many submissions and cannot always get back with everyone. They will contact you for an appointment if interested.