Breaking into the entertainment industry isn’t an easy task. One thing that proves to be very valuable in this industry is having a talent manager or agent who can push for you to get the gigs or jobs that will help to propel you upwards.
Knowing a few points as you prepare to find the person you want to work with can help you to make the decisions that are in your best interests.
Agents versus managers
An agent will usually be registered with the unions in the industry. They may have a specialty area in which they prefer to work. These professionals receive your payment from the jobs you take. They cash the payment, take their agreed-upon percentage of the money, and give you the rest. Because of this, you should ensure that you only work with a reputable agent so you aren’t scammed out of any money.
A talent manager likely won’t be registered with unions, but the reputable ones are members of the National Conference of Personal Managers. Unlike an agent, you have to pay your manager. You receive the payment for gigs and then pay them their share. Finding a good manager can help to ensure that you get good jobs.
Having a solid contract with your talent manager or agent is imperative. While you should read the contract yourself so you know what your rights and responsibilities are and what the manager or agent will do for you, having someone familiar with entertainment law review it may also be beneficial.