If you are considering Escort Agency Representation please read my Escort Agency Advice on how to choose an agency and some of the questions to ask at your interview
Being an independent escort can be challenging so many ladies opt to be represented by an Escort Agency or Manager
However, not all agencies are what they say they are. While some may be a great support to you, others may take advantage
As with all businesses there are good & bad. Some agencies are run well and function as a regular business whereas some are set up with the sole purpose of cheating escorts and lining the pocket of the agency owner with as much money as possible
In the 15 years we have been in operation we have heard plenty of crap stories about bad agencies. Ladies paying high joining fees, being ripped off with credit card transactions, being forced to do services they didn’t wish to do, paying ridiculous fines and bonds, escorts being required to audition; the list goes on…
There is also plenty of lovely agencies where ladies are treated with respect, mentored & helped to make a great income without the hassle or costs of being an independent escort
When looking for an agency; Do your research
If an agency tells you something that sounds too good to be true – it probably is
A reputable agency usually requires you to meet for an in-person interview. If an agency doesn’t suggest such a meeting; ask for one. An interview will give you a good feel for the people you may end up working with. This is an opportunity for you to interview the agency too. If you suspect your interviewer is on drugs or lying about the agency benefits, trust your gut and move on
From the answers you receive at your interview, you will be able to determine if it’s a good fit for you or if you should continue looking for another prospect
Ask questions at your interview; go with a list so you don’t forget anything that is important to you, here’s a quick checklist and explanations for each question:
How much will I be paid?
You may have seen an ad online saying you can $30k+ a month; it’s possible but not very likely. Escorts sometimes make that kind of money but very rarely. Escorting is not a get rich quick scheme, you have to work at it
Ask if there is set rates or if you can choose your own rate
Ask what fees are charged by the agency & how the agency receives payment
Agency fees fluctuate from 20% to 60% so shop around & see what options are out there for you
How do I get paid?
Enquire about payment methods; if the agency takes the money & pays you then it’s probably best to walk away – You may never see the money you have earnt
If the agency takes credit cards then ask how you will receive the money and how long it takes for you to receive the funds. Also ask what happens with any chargebacks (if a charge is cancelled by the card owner or the bank cancels the transaction as the card is stolen)
Are there any additional costs I need to cover?
Agencies all have different guidelines for the things that escorts must pay for themselves. You will always need to have your own clothes & shoes but some agencies will expect you to pay for a shopping trip to start with them; or expect you to wear high end & very expensive designer clothing, lingerie & shoes
Some will expect you to pay for your own marketing & ads on top of the agency fees
Do you pay for your own transport or is it paid by the client in addition to your fee; Do you need to pay an agency driver
If any agency attempts to charge fees anything not directly related to escorting; legal fee to draw up a contract; it may be a sign of a scam.
It’s essential to ask about all so you know exactly where you stand and you can make an informed decision
What is the agency policy with photos?
Some agencies will use the photos you give them. Some will pay fully for your photos, some will pay a portion of the cost. Others may expect you to go to their photographer who could cost anywhere from $500 to $5000. If you are not using your own photos, ask who will own the new photos after they are taken
How are schedules handled?
All agencies handle scheduling differently. Some agencies have strict policies with set shift hours, set number of shifts or a Roster you must adhere too
Some will allow a lot of flexibility, others none at all. Time off to recharge is important but some agencies simply don’t care and will push a gruelling schedule of day-after-day appointments
How much notice you get with appointments. If you can’t get to an appointment in time is there any recourse
Does the agency have a regular client base?
If an agency boasts to you that they have more clients than anyone else, their girls are all booked out all day every day and in desperate need of good escorts be careful. This is a tried and true scam that some agencies have pulled on unsuspecting escorts who want to get rich quick
A well-managed reputable agency will have regular clients but nobody can predict how a new girl will be received. An experienced agency may have an idea if their regular clients may enjoy your company but there is no guarantee
Have there been any problem clients and what does the agency do if I find myself in a bad situation?
Some agencies put your safety & happiness ahead of them making money; some don’t
Ask about the background of the Agency & the staff working at the agency
While some new agencies can be innovative & enthusiastic; generally the older agencies will have the client base & reputation you need to succeed in a competitive market
Most agencies who have been around a year or more will have online reviews on one of the various review sites about the agency & also the ladies.
Read both the agency reviews & the ladies reviews for tell-tale signs that ladies are unhappy or working under duress
Agency ladies reviews will show the date the review was posted; if an agency has ladies that have been at the same place for years, it may be a good sign. Girls lasting only a short time may mean the opposite
Does the agency have any sexual services requirements for you to work with them?
This is an important question and one you must ask
Do you have a say over what goes into your profile & promotion?
Another must ask question; you don’t want to find out after your photoshoot that your full face must be on the website. Also ask about face photos or selfies being shown to clients or on social media
Can you work via your own ads, work with multiple agencies or are you expected to be exclusive
Many agencies have strict policies about exclusivity. If you previously worked privately you may be asked to refer your private clients to the agency. Be honest if you are advertising anywhere, on other agencies, sugar daddy sites etc; Honesty is the best policy. A lot of agencies will have price guarantees so clients will point out ads to get better rates
Do I need to sign a contract?
If an agency tries to force you to sign a contract on the spot, be careful. You could be locked into something that you may regret
If there is a contract read over it over it & if you are unsure if you should sign it consult a lawyer
Take your time to decide if the agency is the right one for you; if you have any doubts continue interviewing with other agencies; you will know the right agency when you come across them