Talent managers are personal managers for actors and actresses. Some talent managers work for talent management companies or talent agencies. However, a great deal of talent managers are self-employed and work from their home or private offices. As an actors or actresses manager, your job is to advise and guide your talent throughout their career. For new actors and actresses, you will groom them, then locate the best talent agency to represent them. For established actors and actresses you will help take their acting career to the next level by finding new opportunities for them i.e. merchandising.
Talent agents find jobs and negotiate deals on behalf of actors and actresses. Most talent agents work for talent agencies. However, many are self-employed and work from home or independently from a private office. As a talent agent you will be responsible for marketing your actors and actresses and finding work for them. You will also negotiate contracts, work with your talents’ accountants, lawyers, managers etc. The majority of your time as a talent agent will be spent contacting and networking with potential clients (directors, producers, casting directors etc. that will hire your talent) and finding your actors and actresses work.
Casting agents select the actors and actresses that will be booked for advertisements, television shows, movies, theater productions etc. As a casting agent you may work for a casting agency or independently from your home or private office. You will create the casting notices that go out the various talent agents and managers that describe the specifics about the job and type of actor or actress you are looking for. The talent agents and managers then go through their database and find actors and actresses that they feel fit the criteria you described and submit their photos to you for review. As the casting agent you will go through these submissions, narrow down, and select those actors and actresses that are the best fit and call them in for an audition. It is your job to find the actor or actress that best fits your client’s image and vision and book them for the job.
Acting coaches train actors and actresses in various performance techniques. As an acting coach, you may work at an acting school or independently from home or a private office. Acting coaches are hired by talent agents and managers to enhance actors and actresses theatrical skills. However, as an acting coach, you may also be called upon to teach other general things such as interviewing skills, audition preparation, voice projection etc. Acting coaches may also be hired privately by actors and actresses themselves for their own personal and professional development.
Talent scouts seek out individuals that have acting potential and introduce them to talent agents and managers. Some talent scouts work for talent agencies. Others are self-employed and work from their home offices. As a talent scout you will spend a lot of time in the field i.e. acting schools, community theater, college campuses etc. looking for undiscovered talent. Talent scouts may also hold scouting events and conventions.
Tips and Considerations
Before you set up your business check with the local business bureau for any licensing requirements. These requirements vary by state.
Always conduct yourself in a professional manner. Your reputation is everything in this business.
Continue to research and study trends and information related to the entertainment industry.
Network. This is a business built on relationships. In order to be successful you must have a good number of clients and great talent.