(Freehold NJ USA)
What is a typical length of a contract? 3 years?
I believe a contract with an acting agency can be up to 3 years, but is often one year to start with so both acting agent and actor can make sure they work well together. Even if you are non-union, check the SAG representation contract to compare it to the agent contract you are offered. It help you understand your contract and rights (for example, you should make sure your contract includes a termination clause that lets you get out of your contract if the agent doesn’t get you an audition within a set time).