Talent ID: 147615I signed up with Nine9 The UNagency on Thursday October 4th. I came home after paying my $499.00 joining fee and the $35 fee to upkeep my personal talent site on their server and decided to look them up on the web and their reviews. Now, some of you may have done the same and saw a bunch of negative reviews. At first I thought, “Oh [expletive]! What did I do?” BUT after further looking into it and doing a little more investigating, I came to a conclusion. It was worth it so far! That Thursday, when I came home around 9:30 pm, I went to the casting section [of my Nine9 account] and sent in for a part in Chicago Med. The next morning when I woke up, I received a call asking if I could be on the show the following Wednesday on the 10th. I was ecstatic!! I said “Absolutely!!” I played a security guard, keeping watch at the sliding doors of the medical part of the Emergency Room. Now, all the action took place in the "Football” as they call it (the interior of the emergency room where all the casualties are taken), and my back/side was turned so it's possible you may not get to see me, and if so, it would be for a split second. But my gosh, I will tell you, the excitement to see how the show was done was amazing and surreal to me because I have wanted to be an actor since the age of 6 or 7.
After finishing Chicago Med, I decided to apply for another show, Proven Innocent, that stars Kelsey Grammar. I applied as a Pro-Choice Protester for the episode and brought what I was told to bring for the shoot. This was on that Friday, the 12th of October!! Unbeknownst to me, they changed my role up, and now I was going to play an Indiana Sheriff Deputy. They had the whole outfit for me, told me to go to hair and makeup first. WOW did that make me feel important!! The best part was the action on set! I had A LOT of camera time, so I had to make this look real! I put my all into it. After the shoot was done and to my surprise, the Director came up to me and said, "You did a FANTASTIC job! AMAZING! Thank you so much!" I almost wet myself…
Once again, I checked the castings section, and there were parts for baseball fans. This was for the 4th episode of The Red Line, starring Noah Wiley. The whole shot took place on the Red Line train platform but that's all I can say. This happened that Sunday, the 14th. So within 1 1/2 weeks, I have already been on three shows. I was floored.
What it comes down to for me, is yes, they did ask for money up front (people always say if someone is asking you for money they aren't legit), but you really have to look at what you are getting. They take your initial pictures for a temporary comp card, set you up with your talent number, and a web page just for you where casting directors and others in the business can find you. AND if Nine9 sees a role out there that may look like it would fit your niche, they will call you and say, "Hey so-and-so there is this part I think you may be great at. Here's the date and time of the audition." Oh, and let's not forget about the FREE workshops (ok, maybe not free because that is part of the $499 you paid) they list on your personal site and send you [workshop event notifications] via email. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE! Every little bit more knowledge will get you further in this career! You really can't beat it!
So, long story short (too late LOL), the people who are out there complaining ‘Nine9 is a scam’, they aren't. Those people scammed themselves. I can almost guarantee that everyone who has been negative about Nine9 did nothing but wait for parts and roles to fall in their lap, and nothing came their way. PEOPLE: they give you the tools, you have to do the work. If you want a house built, you can't throw a bunch of builder’s tools on the ground and have a house magically appear. You need construction workers to get the job done for you. Nine9 has given you your tools, now build your house!
Thank you Nine9 for giving me the tools to use toward starting something that I have dreamed about doing since the age of 6 or 7; to become an actor. Whether it's in TV, movies, or even on the stage, I will be able to say where I got my start: from Nine9 the UNagency!