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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Do Actors Need BOTH an Agent and Manager?

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Brent asks (in a comment on the blog about Agents and Managers...):

“Do actors often have both an agent and a manager? Don't they generally have one or the other?”

TAE responds:

Great question! Once you are at the level where you need a manager, you would need to have both. Managers do NOT negotiate contracts, so unless an actor wants to negotiate on their own behalf (not recommended) they will still need an agent. The agent and manager would work together to make sure the actors career is getting the attention it deserves- the manager would be the person who make introductions and encourages meetings, and the agent would come in to negotiate when an offer is made (the agent will fight for the terms that the manager and actor have requested.)

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule- I imagine many actors have different relationships with their team than what is described here. Oftentimes, boutique and mid-level agents will take on a more managerial type role with a developmental client (a client they feel has potential, but does not yet have the credits or pull to get ahead quickly.) But once that actor gets to a point where they have to weigh multiple offers, hire “handlers” or take meetings instead of auditioning, they will need to have that 2nd team member to manage these aspects so that the agent can do what they do best.

For the definition of Agents and Managers, click here for my article.

Question to readers: Do you have an agent? Do you have a manager? Do you have both? Use the comments field to describe your relationship with one or both parties- how do they interact with each other? Who do you call first, and what needs do you discuss? Share what you can to help other actors!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out

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Anonymous said...

Got it! Thanks for the clarification!

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