I came across an job listing today for a Hollywood talent agency that is looking to hire a new agent to work for their company. I won’t name names, but here’s the job description:
“Talent agency seeking theatrical and commercial agents. Candidates must have two or more years direct experience working as an agent or talent manager working directly with the process of signing new talent. Seeking self motivated individuals that can hit the ground running. We do not care if you have a client list, we only care that you have an incredible signing ability. This position is commissioned based and it will provide enormous commission potential. We are only looking for Rock Stars!!!!!!”
So just to recap – they want somebody with experience signing talent and don’t care if you have a client list or not, as long as you have an incredible signing ability? And actually being able to work with your clients or do anything to help their career is so insignificant that it’s not even mentioned in the job description?
This is a great look at how too many talent representatives view their business. What makes a good agent or manager? Being able to sign clients. Whether or not you can actually service those clients is such an afterthought that it’s not even in the job description.
Just something to keep in mind the next time you think a manager or agent is the only thing keeping you from growing your career or the next time you wonder why your reps don’t seem to be doing anything for you.
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I see your point. But if you will allow me to devil’s advocate. One might also view this from an economic perspective. You want motivated self-starters who are strong for a variety of reasons.
This is a service economy. They want the people most motivated. That being said they want to run a profitable business so they want people who will be self starters and motivated because their clients will be demanding and no one can learn how to be strong. Moreover, if I were worried about ‘marketing’ myself as a comic I’d probably want someone who’s primary motivation to bust his ass for me was money… being the person who made sure I got the most money. Because that’s how Agent’s get paid.
Now we could discuss alternative methodology, perhaps ‘Holistic’ management?
But I do agree. If that wasn’t clear. LOL
Having a manageable, coordinated, presence and regular content production vehicle online can propel those willing to put in the effort.
I have run into the same problem…You call and comedy club or a booking company and the ask “Who is your agent?”…Well, I don’t have one …”Oh. no agent,…then how funny are you ?” Well, could you preview my video on my website, please ?… No, I don’t look at websites..I get a million of there emails daily…I don’t have time…beat it in other words… It does suck – Hey managers and booking guys… Jay Leno doesn’t need an agent – Some of us other, very funny comics, do !!