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TALENT MANAGERS, TYPES OF TALENT MANAGERS, FIND TALENT MANAGERS
Read about the role of talent managers and different types of talent managers in the entertainment industry. Find local talent managers in your area.

Talent managers are an important part of the entertainment industry. They are the go-to guys and represent all kinds of actors and performers. They get information about acting auditions, submit each actor's information for acting roles and negotiate the actor's payments and contracts with casting directors and production companies the actor is working for.

Talent managers are just like acting agents, but may provide more personal attention to actors. Some actors, performers or models have personal talent managers to help them with their everyday affaris. They usually work very closely with each other and may even be related. Some personal talent managers work as their agent or alongside acting agents to book audtions and jobs.

Many talent managers, casting directors, and production companies work together, so working with the right talent manager can mean you are more likely to get more acting auditions. They have long-standing contracts with production companies to supply actors, models, or other performing artists for shows. Talent managers often get information on new casting opportunities and acting roles directly form the casting staff or production companies. When talent managers ensure that your headshots are sent to these production companies, and the production company knows that you are represented by a certain talent manager, you are more likely to be called in for the audition. They also get an insiders-only fax service called "the breakdowns." The breakdowns is a daily faxed list of roles being cast, and they are available only to talent managers.

Once a talent manager represents you, you are his or her "client." A good talent manager will only represent certain number of people who fit in a particular casting type. They will look for any acting auditions for TV, film, and commercial roles that you might fit into or that you are interested in. In return, talent managers take a 10% commission from your acting jobs.

A talent manager can also help you to explore smaller roles while you prepare to audition for larger roles. Every actor gets acting credits in smaller productions. Any acting role can be good experience. Even if it's providing voice talent off-camera you'll gain both practice and content for your acting resume.

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TYPES OF TALENT MANAGERS
There are different types of managers for different types of talent. Actors and other perfomers like to work with talent managers who specialize in certain types of acting.

  1. Theatrical Talent Managers
    Theatrical managers are for TV and film actors.

  2. Commercial Talent Managers
    Commercial managers work with actors who for commercials.

  3. Voiceover Talent Managers
    Voiceover managers work with voiceover actors who work for TV, film,or radio.

  4. Theatre Talent Managers
    Theatre managers represents actors who work for live theatre shows.

  5. Across the Board Talent Managers
    Some talent managers represents actors in all the categories they work in.

  6. Child Talent Managers
    Some talent managers work specifically with child actors and their parent

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TIPS FOR GETTING A TALENT MANAGER TO REPRESENT YOU
Since talent managers only earn commissions from your acting jobs, they will only work with serious actors with experience and talent. Below are the best ways to get a talent manager to represent you as an actor.

  1. Show them your work
    Getting talent managers to come see you act is the best way to find one that will represent you. If the talent manager likes your performance, then he will either set up an interview with you or go ahead and take you as a client.

  2. Get Recommended
    If you know other people in the entertainment industry - another actor, a casting director, a producer - they can recommend you to talent managers who might represent you.

  3. Send them your profile
    Sending your headshots and resume to as many talent managers as you can will increase your chances of finding one who will represent you.
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  4. Set up an interview
    Getting just an interview right away with a talent manager will be very hard. But you can call up talent managers in your local area to see if you can make an appointment for an interview.

  5. At Scene Nights
    Scene nights are events in which actors try to be seen by industry people. Rather than putting on a play, a group of actors will put together scenes that show them off. Hundreds of invitations are sent out to casting directors, directors and talent managers - one who may want to represent you. 

  6. At Acting Manager Workshops
    Actors may pay a small fee to attend a workshop where industry professionals, including talent managers, come as guest speakers or teachers. Actors get the opportunity to perform, act, get advice from them.
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TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEW WITH AN ACTING MANAGER
Since a talent manager's usual fee is 10% of an actor's earnings, a talent manager will only work with serious actors they believe have potential. Talent managers usually do not consider an actor without professional experience. Contact several talent managers to set up interviews.

  1. Be on Time
  2. Bring your headshots & resume
  3. Be prepared to have a monologue ready
  4. Be prepared to do a cold-reading (an unprepared scene)
  5. Be funny and interesting.
  6. Show them the most unique side of you.

ACTING AUDITION TIPS
An interview with a talent manager is similar to an audition so before heading out to those interviews, any actor should get all the advice they can get. There are general tips for all auditions that every performer - actor, dancer, singer - should know. Read more >

QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK THE TALENT MANAGER
By asking questions, you gain knowledge from a professional whether or not the agency decide to take you on a client.

  1. How many clients do they have?
  2. What kinds of jobs are those clients getting?
  3. What do they see as your type, and how will they be submitting you?
  4. How many actors of your type do they represent?
  5. What do they expect out of you?
  6. When and how should you contact them with questions and concerns?
  7. Do they have any other suggestions for you

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