Friday, June 16, 2017

Are You Ready for an Acting Manager? Here’s What You Need to Know:

Are You Ready for an Acting Manager? Here’s What You Need to Know: Once you reach a certain point in your acting career, you start to wonder if it’s time to take it to the next level. And perhaps you’ve even been approached by a manager or agency. This is a good sign that you’re headed in the right direction, but there are still things to be aware of, and even be cautious of. And that’s what we’d like to discuss with you today. So take a minute and read through the tips to make sure the next step you take is the right one for you.  
First of all, what needs to be clear is the role of the manager. The manager’s main focus is to guide the actor's career and make connections for them; and although most of the best managers out there are former agents, the two have very different roles.
As great as that is, the dark side of the trade also needs to be spoken of. The most common scams in the entertainment industry usually involve people who call themselves managers, but have no legitimacy nor the professionalism or expertise to really help you further your career. That’s because acting management is not an occupation regulated by any of the actors unions. So sharks come in, promising you fame and fortune, but only for a fee paid upfront without any promise of results. 
Of course this is not true of all managers. But you should always be cautious and do your research before signing with a management company. Find out the names of other actors they represent and ask those actors about their experiences with the manager or company in question.
On a fee point, most management companies usually offer their services in exchange for a 15% commission, though it can sometimes be a little more. A legitimate manager will never ask for money up front. So if the ask for it upfront, run!
As for integrity, no manager should ever, under any circumstance, ask you to remove your clothing or engage in sexually explicit "scenes". This is illegal, unprofessional and you should walk away. 
Hoping to be discovered? The truth is, that’s rarely how it works. If an acting manager is legitimate, they likely won't approach an unknown actor. Of course that's the dream - to be discovered, but it's just not likely. A successful manager is already busy with experienced clients, and you'll have to work pretty hard to get their attention.
Acting is a great career, but be sure you are prepared to take the classes, meet the people and do your homework!  The New York Acting School for Film and Television wants to see you succeed! Call us today and let us know how we can further your dream.


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