Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.
YOU WANT THE TRUTH? My name is Wendy Alane Wright and I am a Talent Manager at WAW Entertainment in Los Angeles. (www.wawentertainment.com) I attended iPOP this summer and signed an AMAZING child from it. I am working closely with her and her parents to build her acting career. iPOP itself is a very legit event. I can see 700 kids at once. That is a great opportunity for me because throughout the rest of the year I have to go to small showcases of 15-30 kids all over the US.
I can’t speak for every JRP franchise. I have heard good and bad things about them but they are VERY EXPENSIVE. Way more expensive than regular acting classes and headshot session. I do know that every child who attends iPOP does not get signed from the event, BUT MANY DO GET SIGNED. The talented kids, who are outspoken, have a great monologue, have a good look and are personable get signed and get a lot of interest from many agents and managers. We all gravitate to the best ones. It's not for all people.
I always suggest to parents and kids who are new to the business to understand these fundamentals:
1) TRAINING Kids over age 4-6 should have improvisation based acting training. Kids ages 7+up should take acting classes, scene study classes, on camera commercial audition classes and improvisation classes BEFORE they pay thousands of dollars to attend ANY Showcase. Your kids need to be READY for the opportunities. So many parents just throw their kids into situations they are not ready for and they throw the money away because agents and managers doesn't sign untalented or unprepared kids.
I LOVE how iPOP gets so many decision makers into the same room, 40-50 top agents and managers and we are ALL looking for great kids. But we see more unprepared kids than prepared kids. (I think JRP's take the money whether the kids have a real shot or not. They are offering a little training, lousy headshots and real opportunity at iPOP with no guarantees. They don't turn down money. Dreams are big business.)
So I think parents MUST BE SMART AND ABSOLUTELY MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS ARE GETTING OUTSIDE TRAINING - make sure their kids are taking additional acting classes outside of the showcase system to get the best preparation and bank for their buck. Don’t spend your last money on ANYTHING like this. The kids who success in this business are very few.
If you can afford to do it and get your child trained and prepared for iPOP you will have the luxury of meeting with 10-50 agents and managers at once. That is AMAZING. You will also have access to people you would not otherwise get access to, especially in rural areas. That's valuable. Otherwise do it the other way, send your child’s headshot and resumes to Agents and Managers for .35 postage. Pay $300 for Headshots and $200 a month for acting classes for 1- 3 years and maybe someone will be interested.
Either way it’s a all luck of the draw whether you spend $2,000 or $10,000 Becoming an actor takes way more than attending a showcase and getting an agent. Even after you get an agent there is SO much you have to do to have a career.
If you want to learn more about breaking your kids into show business I suggest you read my 75 page e-book:"How To Be A Star Right Where You Are" so you can make SMART choices about how to get your kids started in commercials, film and TV the LEGIT way.
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Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager