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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