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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How do Talent Managers Find Actors to Represent?

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http://AmyJoBerman.com As a Casting Director, I often sit down with talent managers and talent agents at lunch to discuss actors -- their clients, who's hot, who's booking acting work, etc. In this video series, I sat down with 2 A-list talent managers and asked them questions right from my Facebook.com/TipsOnActing page from my fans. This f...

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  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    yep. referrals. all of my clients have come from referrals. clients, casting directors, coaches..etc.
    I get about 10 unsolicited requests a week, too.
    If I have never heard of you, chances are it will be round filed.
    Spot on advice about networking
     Yarixel S. likes this
  • Damon Fields
    Damon
    CEO/Actor @ Municipal Buddha Films LLC
    Thanks Matt, for admitting what most of you talent agents won't: you don't actually care who has talent or doesn't. You just circulate talentless "actors" around each other like rich Saudi Princes buy, sell, and stud racehorses. And since (I'm assuming) you and all your cohorts are, well, "all-American" types....you've just handily admitted why acting/film is still, like it's been since its inception ( "Birth of a nation" ) an institutionally racist industry. If someday by mistake I send you my acting resume, Matt, please shred it first before you deposit it in the "round file".
  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    wow sounds like some one is a little full of himself. and a lot bitter. I have some great advice for you: Keep your day job.
     Mara G.Mike E. and 1 other like this
  • Damon Fields
    Damon
    CEO/Actor @ Municipal Buddha Films LLC
    How very pretentious of you, Matt. I would think the person "full of himself" would be the one who can't accept a bit of well thought out criticism. And yes, someone (who I've never heard of) who says things like: "If I've never heard of you, chances are it [someone's resume]will be round filed" is precisely why this industry sucks. That's extremely unprofessional, and I'm calling you out on it. No offense. And yes, I will keep my day job...thanks for the professional advice.
     Lo Key S. likes this
  • Gary Ploski
    Gary
    Proprietor at flipmeover, llc
    I was with you for a the first sentence in your initial reply, Damon. It can be frustrating to read what Matt wrote but just like most things word of mouth carries great weight. After that, well, intended or not you then accused him of many things to which he did not comment on.

    Unsolicited mail or email generally ends up in the bin. We all do it.

    Thanks for your openness, Matt. You didn't need to share your workflow with us though it is greatly appreciated that you did.
     Andrew MondiaMarti Davis and 1 other like this
  • Damon Fields
    Damon
    CEO/Actor @ Municipal Buddha Films LLC
    Sorry Gary, if I came off like a prick. I just happened to look at Matt Chassin's IMDB page prior to posting, and seeing the usual standard lack of diversity in the films he's "Produced" and/or casted. I am not accusing him of anything, just making an educated assumption from my observation. Go see for yourself. Don't forget to check the cast lists. I have nothing against him, and wish him every success . I do, however, dislike "agents" who seem to be unable to differentiate between them being in the (self-absorbed) business of being agents, and those who provide a service to actors and try to promote them ( such as Ms. Berman, who began this thread, and is always quick to offer us useful and prescient free advice). Like I tell cops who pull me over for no reason: " you work for me, officer. I don't work for you". Without actors who he sincerely wants to promote, teach, and grow with....then who the heck is Matt Chassin? An opportunist.
  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    Unrepresented actors with big egos and little talent, often see themselves as "victims" of a culture. If you check my client roster, you will see a diverse group that includes series regulars and top line film stars. The big thing I am proud of is the character that all of my talent possesses. In addition to talent, I require that my clients have the highest character.
    I get about 10 unsolicited submissions a week from actors I have never heard of. So yeah. Round file.
     Marti Davis likes this
  • Mitchell McGuire
    Mitchell
    Private coaching for actors. at self
    There are usually 5 or 6 outside the office door each morning...alive and dead.
     Mara G.Matt Chassin and 1 other like this
  • Peter Daniels
    Peter
    Owner at Pyramid Studios
    Something I might add, is that like all professions and products or services, which we offer,(that is acting), packaging, presentation and attitude are success. Life is a journey in every field unless you were born with a silver spoon, even then it doesn't just come easy. So my experience has been to swallow your pride, learn the lesson quickly and move forward, the faster you move forward, the sooner you get the door that is open. The packaging is the secret, a lot of people think a business plan is worthless, but until you write out your ideas, you wander around in circles. Wandering around in circles is a karma thing, break the pattern,(your pattern), and visualize a new pattern. Cheers!..Peter Daniels. www.anopendoorfilm.com .
     Anne M.Marissa S. and 5 others like this
  • Gary Ploski
    Gary
    Proprietor at flipmeover, llc
    Nicely said, Peter. Someone recommended "Business Model You" to me recently and I can whole heartedly say it has me rethinking many personal and business planning and decision making.

    Mitchell... =) Funny stuff.
  • Marissa Stahl
    Marissa
    Entertainment Professional at Venture IAB
    Matt, are there any other outlets that you seek to find talent. For example, theatre or showcases? Or do you strictly rely on referrals?

    Obviously every agent and talent manager has different methods for finding talent, I'm just interested on your personal preference.

    Thanks!
     Steve W O. likes this
  • Peter Daniels
    Peter
    Owner at Pyramid Studios
    The one thing Vinny Diesel did, was make a video, therefore customers could see his talent, (even if you don't like his movies, his skills were evident), Peter Daniels.
     Damon F.Andrew Mondia and 2 others like this
  • A K Jalla
    A K
    Management Consultant A K Jalla
    My book "Desire to Excel" will be out by January 2014. - A K Jalla
  • Steve W Oatway
    Steve W
    Experienced Actor & Host & Entertaining Tour Driver
    Amy, you have an excellent reputation with former students of your classes, and your name pops up all over the Internet, however I am very confused about your experience. The most looked at webpage in this business is IMDb and your page says you worked on over 150 productions, plus all your work at HBO, yet it only shows that you worked on FOUR productions, one being a Short, and the last being in 1998. Did I go to a fake website or something, where are all the rest?
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    I think the whole Industry is a reflection of the sad state of our society both in the US and UK at the moment anyway - talentless actors? True, there are, but I say there are way too many Talentless Agents/Casting Directors/Directors and Producers - We used to make star's that were profoundly distinct/interesting/colorful - now all they seem to want is young good looking guys or gals to play the heavy deep roles which add nothing to their productions. It has become like a Big Mac, tempting but ultimately unsatisfactory or substantial - and anyone who said you didn't make it because you weren't talented, knows nothing about the Industry - Only Referral's to me means keeping all the work within a certain community of people, which is what the UK Industry is like anyway.
  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    wow. someone said something abut negativity. one more actor, Ill never rep. How to win friends and influence people, Rob
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    Matt, I don't know you and have no reason to judge you or your work - but of course as an actor who is trying to be 'in the loop' it's frustrating watching talentless actors making a living while you are constantly trying to get the next job'. Its not negative to talk openly, but it is negative to judge actors that have been struggling as 'Talentless' - that is definitely not true.
  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    in the video Amy jo talks about the reasons handlers wont take on new clients. One of the top 3 reasons is negativity. This is a business, Like any business, the best and the brightest don't always succeed. And like any business, ATTITUDE is key to achieving any long themn success
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    In reality a bad attitude is not giving a donkey's about your situation - why not have attitude? Why treat every situation with kid gloves - do you really think an actor who is serious about their work is going to go on set and disrupt that situation by being overly friendly with the stars or making a scene? I think back to Marlon Brando on set, if he were an actor now he probably would have been stopped in his tracks before being allowed to become one of the greatest.
  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    exactly. and what if i had the opportunity to help you in the future,. or anyone readying your comments? do you really think people would prefer to work with you??
    I cannot understand how so many actors think they are entitled to fame and fortune. As a talent manager, myself, I get 10-20 requests for representation a week. A mentor of mine once said these words" Hire Attitude. You can teach the rest," words to live by.
    And I have some great career advice fopr you, rob, keep your day job.
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    Is that your main comment to any actor - stick to your day job? I never asked you to represent me, and I would certainly make the effort to check you up if I did - and don't think your such a big shot, you may be swallowing your words in the future not I.
     Damon F. likes this
  • Matt Chassin
    Matt
    President and CEO Matt's Marketing, Public Relations and Management Services
    not any actor, just ones with bad attitudes,. there is so much competitioon in this life, that talented actors are dime a dozen. but a talented actor who has a great attitude and wants to work hard is the only kind ill rep. the rest end up beng waiters or shop help
     Yarixel S. likes this
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    And with a few words you are that quick to judge? Agents are a dime to a dozen too, be careful or the good actors will steer clear of you :)
     Damon F. likes this
  • Damon Fields
    Damon
    CEO/Actor @ Municipal Buddha Films LLC
    Matt, as a personal opinion, I find your professional ethics and attitude to be insidiously distasteful. You are what's wrong with this industry. You are one of the last guardians of the old school Lack of Diversity models the American entertainment industry was built on. A hundred years ago you probably would have cast "Birth of a Nation". You haven't got the slightest clue what either UK actors, nor ethnically ambiguous American actors like myself go thru on a daily basis. You don't even have the self-awareness to post an actual picture of yourself as opposed to someone else's cartoon image. What you are Matt, in a nutshell, is the dinosaur who never bothered to look up as the asteroid came down. DO quit your day job.
     Rob Marni likes this
  • Patrick Opitz
    Patrick
    Inventory Controller at Life Technologies
    To be fair to everyone here, first I would like to thank Matt for his honesty. Thar being said, you can only get referrals if you already have do some work that can be referred to, so that isn't much help to people who are new. Also, many industries, not just entertainment, is full of people who don't even have the courtesy of giving a response. Call me old fashioned, but I see practicing basic manors as an important sign of professionalism regardless of what profession you are in. If you are going to say no, please do that rather than not reply at all. Remember that people are judging you just as you are judging them.
     Gary P.Damon F. and 2 others like this
  • Michael King
    Michael
    Actor
    Personally, I make it a rule to be a positive influence and a supportive person to everyone in this industry. Perhaps it's because I'm new to the industry and I'm not jaded yet. However, I don't see the benefit to myself or anyone else to call someone talentless our any other derogatory term. I think it would be much better to support each other. Referrals are important, networking is important. LinkedIn is a networking site. I still believe it is possible to meet actors and agents here, then eventually arrange a meeting and that may lead to a greater opportunity. Negativity doesn't attract cooperation, which is what it's needed to succeed in life.
     Randy T. likes this
  • Peter Daniels
    Peter
    Owner at Pyramid Studios
    I have learned that my opinion and taste are just that. When we are critical and slam others for their lack of craft, basically we show no "soul" towards others. Yes, some are young and new to what they are, but we were once, and shall be if we try a new adventure in our lives, (try plumbing or cutting hot steel and fabricating sculptures as a new twist, I guarantee you will probably make a mess at first!)..Cheers! Peter Daniels.
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    Micheal I have no doubt that even though you are new, there is a lot of castings for Oriental looking actors at the moment, so I wouldn't worry about being Jaded....just yet.

    All too often some are quick to judge online, being both insulting and rude to those we don't agree with. I saw no reason why Matt responded to Damon with such a direct and rude response, I also think Damon was a little too judgmental to Matt. He has the right to express his views and opinions as do all of us. Arguing a point online is not the same as being a professional actor in reality, anyone who thinks differently has no idea about what it takes to be a pro actor, the words patience/positivity/intelligence and approachability are skills to learn as well as the other one - acting.
  • Damon Fields
    Damon
    CEO/Actor @ Municipal Buddha Films LLC
    Very well said, Rob. I try my best not to be judgmental or flippant, but once in a while somebody on Linkedin pushes my buttons lol.
     Rob Marni likes this
  • Stella Okafor
    Stella
    Actress/model
    Yes very well said please how can I find a manager or telant agent to work with.
  • Richard McWilliams
    Richard
    Actor
    try do some theatre and invite the ones you want to work with along I would say Stella...or check out online castings for independant low budget films and build up a reel so you have something to submit to agents/casting people...in other words have something to show them
     Deborah T. likes this
  • Stella Okafor
    Stella
    Actress/model
    Thanks for your advise
  • Stella Okafor
    Stella
    Actress/model
    I have few reel now on YouTube and some in Facebook as well, In case you have some In mind to refer me I will be glad.
  • Ben Andrews
    Ben
    Project Manager, Actor, Producer, Director and Writer
    My #1 piece of advice, don't allow yourself to have any buttons to push. In this industry many will try. I find myself drawn to working with those that are always calm during the storm.
  • Rob Marni
    Rob
    Actor with Keddie Scott Associates
    Art isn't just about clean lines - or else it's furniture :)
  • Peter Daniels
    Peter
    Owner at Pyramid Studios
    I like Ben Andrews advice.With other's emotions flying at you, it is often hard not to react, so staying calm is an art. I close myself off when the outside becomes to busy with emotion and I try to respond, not react to their issues. I find that,they often still push,so then I make a stand, but drop it after that. I remind myself that great drama is for the stage, not for good relationships. Peter Daniels.
     Rob Marni likes this

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