Hiring A Manager

For struggling actors one of the most difficult things about launching their career is getting an agent. Since many agents won’t sign with an inexperienced client, they can’t seem to get their foot in the door. This, unfortunately, leaves them wide open to smooth talking scam artists who claim to be “talent managers.” They promise to get them auditions for major roles, guide their careers, etc. The catch is that the actor must sign away a percentage of their future income for the next several years. Sadly, many people realize too late that they’ve been taken advantage of, so before you hire a talent manager, ask yourself a few important questions.

Is a Manager what you Need?


While you may require the services of a manager at some point, the beginning of your acting career is probably not the time. Most aspiring performers want a manager because they think that a manager can find them work; this is not usually the case. In some states (California for example), no one except licensed talent agents can legally offer or procure employment for actors. So if you are assuming that the manager can find work for you, they can’t a manager’s role is to advise you and guide your career. If you don’t have an agent, there may not be very much that the manager can actually do for your career.

Have you done any Research?


How do you know this manager is legitimate? Ask who some of their clients are and if you can speak with them. With so much technology at our fingertips finding information is easier than ever. For under $20 dollars a month you can access a wide variety of information about individuals in the entertainment industry through IMDB Pro.  This information would include actors who have been represented by this management agency. Find some of the actors, look at their credits, and contact them if you can. Before signing with anyone, talk to at least 3 of their clients or previous clients.

How much will it Cost You?


Does the manager want to charge you an up-front fee for “overhead cost?” Is he or she requiring you to have head shots taken by a certain photographer? Do they specify that you must take a certain acting class? If any of these are true, the manager is probably not legitimate. No respectable manager will require money up front from their client. They may advise you to update your head shots or take an acting class, but who you choose for these services should ultimately be up to you.

You should also be wary of what percentage of your income they want as commission. An acting manager should never require more than 15%. If they insist on a higher amount, you should look elsewhere.

There are many other things to take into consideration before hiring a manager, but these are a few of the most important. Hiring the right manager at the right time can help your career skyrocket, but not knowing how to choose the right person can be a mistake that you will come to regret.