Sunday, February 14, 2016

Is My Agent Really Working For Me?

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” "Nightshift," "Walk The Prank," and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels, and many more. Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five books called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


WENDY'S ANSWER: Communication with your agent is key. Establish a Rapore early on. Get to know them a little in your early meetings. (What are their hobbies?) Send them clips from NEW work you do, let them know what CDs Know your work, send them a birthday card, holiday gift, follow them in Twitter, stay in touch with their assistant, get involved in their passions and charities, stay in touch with them every few months. If you build a Rapore you should be able to feel if they are passionate about you.

But understand no matter what you do, with RARE exceptions, you will almost always be a number to Agents because they play a numbers game.

AND... EVERY Agent (and Talent Manager) on Breakdowns can print a TALENT REPORT that tells you exactly what they are submitting you on. I have attached one of my clients reports below. Some Agents will be happy to send you yours some won't. I send them to my clients regularly. I'm doing my job, and if I'm doing my job I should have no problem showing my talent reports to my clients. And I don't feel offended if they want to know if I am doing my job. My clients use their reports to inform their CD Target list and build relationships with CDs.

But YOU have to be working for your Agent MORE than they are  working for you. You need to make sure you give them great acting clips that represent your type,and great head shots that represent the types of characters / roles you play, and constantly be networking with filmmakers, and submit yourself for every single project you can find that you're right for.

It's a TEAM. Teamwork makes the dream work. They only make 10% of what you earn because they only do 10% of the work. An actor's career is their responsibility!

You should be getting a strong % of callbacks and if you are not you need to figure out why. When DROP SEASON comes around every year and Agents are deciding who to cut on their rosters, they will cut actors who don't book or get callbacks.

This is a business and they want to make MONEYYYYY. If you aren't making them money you are useless to them.

Learn about this business, train your acting skills like an Olympic athlete, build your connections, shoot your own projects and stay POSITIVE and FOCUSED. Be BOLD, take chances, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. There are good things ahead of you! #secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager

If you are interested in speaking with me directly I do acting career consultations on Skype and I'm happy to discuss your career and help you map out a 2 to 5 year plan. Just visit my coaching website


See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager

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