If you have a love of acting and are ready to make your big break, you may be looking for someone to help you manage your career. Talent managers and agents have many similarities but a few differences. Choosing the right one can make a difference in your career.
If you need a lot of attention, a manager may be the best way to go. Often they require a contract for an average of three years. A manager can take as much as 15% of earnings, but they can oversee a career for a long time. Talent managers such as David Guillod use their experience to get you in doors agents may be unable to get you. They can answer any questions you have, build relationships with show runners and directors, help develop your career and may have less clients than an agent. Some things they may help you with include obtaining audition feedback, picking out audition wear and choosing the best headshot.
Agents often specialize in a type of entertainment or market sector such as youth or ethnic. You want to be selective when choosing an agent to be sure it is the right one for your career choices. By law, agents can only take up to 10% and are licensed by the state. These professionals tend to have relationships with casting directors and obtain access to big projects to submit clients to. One downside is they tend to have a lot of clients.
Ultimately, the one you choose should believe in you and your career as much or more than you do. They need to have the connections suitable to launching your career and work to make you a household name if that is your desire. Granted even the best talent manager or agent can only take you so far, you must still give your all to the enterprise and help them along. Make a difference in your career by choosing one that fits our personality and dreams.