Mission: The Nine9 mission is clear: 99% of models and actors aren’t represented by an agency and we are helping them take over the entertainment industry. Nine9 provides the 99% with the tools, opportunities and support to begin and advance their careers. We believe there is ...
I have been working at Nine9 full-time (Less than a year)
First off, the company is not a scam.
Being associated with an "Agency" can come off as misleading but in reality, Nine 9 is casting company that provides a service to new faces getting into the entertainment industry. Of course there are other options instead of paying money to get started but not everyone has access to those sources. I've had talents who reluctantly signed just to get new opportunities and gigs they never had access to before. At the same time, just because you signed on doesn't mean you automatically become famous. Theres still a process to get started and talents who don't take advantage of our services are the ones that wasted their money. Regardless, the opportunities and network are there, just that this one comes with a fee.
Anyways, working here has been one of the most enjoyable jobs I've had. Although, it all comes down to who your Office Director and coworkers are.
But most of the benefits are:
- Flexible hours, as long as you communicate it's pretty easy to get time off whenever you need.
- Cool, studio, office vibe.
- Absolutely adore my Office Director and coworkers, makes the work day fun and stress-free. Everyone looks out for each other.
- Dress code is fashionable and you get to talk about entertainment all day.
- Room to grow, the company is big on inside growth. If you're looking to move up, let management know and they'll get that process started. (If you're good at your current job of course haha)
- You meet all sorts of interesting industry people
Given the majority of negative reviews, you will have to deal with aggressive people who accuse the company of being a scam. You just have to reiterate what the company does and that it's not an actually agency that takes commission.
- Long hours. Days with both appointments and open call can be draining from talking to people all day, non-stop. Plus working weekends.
- Pay. I've noticed there is a big turnover rate with employees. The pay is min. wage vs commission. During those slow weeks, it's hard to make any money with a full staff, especially working in a smaller office. It can be discouraging to have an incentive to stay when the money is so inconsistent while working such long hours.
- No real benefits
Advice to Management
Base pay + commission.
I've seen good workers come and go so often because of the low pay.
Better pay = better work incentive.
Very unprofessional! I got an email to set up and interview and was asked what time would work for me. I replied with what time and they HR rep said that that time would work. I showed up 30 mins before time and the door was locked and nobody was answering. Called their number on there website they said that there was no record of me applying and was told to forward them the email saying I had an interview. Waited a whole hour before leave and then get a call saying that they had a mix up and to reschedule.
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