Getting a Talent Agent
Many people out there have talents. Some choose to not make a career out of that talent, but others do. In our society, we are definitely aware of celebrities – especially actors and singers – due to the strong media attention on them. Because of their acting, performing, or singing abilities they achieve success and become quite famous. Unfortunately, not everyone can get to that level, even if they are equally talented. While there are multiple factors at play in determining a person’s success, it is very important for any artist (aspiring or not) to have a talent agent. This agent will play a crucial role in finding work for the artist.
What Does an Agent Do?
Artists may not necessarily have the contacts, skills, or time necessary to find themselves work. An agent will know who to seek out in order to further their client’s career. The talent agent for a singer will make sure the singer has the appropriate opportunities to showcase their music, skills, and public persona. On the other hand, an athlete’s agent can secure them important equipment deals and sporting performances. The agent will know executives and producers relevant to the client’s industry and sign work contracts (often with the help of an entertainment lawyer). The main point of the agent’s work is to book work for the client and represent the client’s best interests in a professional capacity.
Hiring an Agent
The talent agent will be heavily involved with the client’s career, as the agent will be molding the very essential process of finding the right work for the right client. Therefore, it is vital that the client and agent have a good working relationship. Movies and TV shows always show the artist getting their big break when an agent happens to spot them in an obscure place; this can definitely happen, but artists can also find and approach an agent as well. In California, these talent agents must be licensed, but they can work either in their own firm or a major talent agency.