Friday, July 21, 2017

Wendy What Does a Talent Manager Do?

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.


Here is an outline/comprehensive understanding of what I do as a Talent Manager.

I obtain Talent Agency representation for each of my clients and their Agents procure their employment. I receive 15% commission when my clients book the job.

We work the old fashioned way letting the agent do the submitting while we manage our client's career.

My clients are currently or have been signed to the following agencies: 
Abrams Artists Agency
Mavrick Agency
House Of Representatives
Paloma Model and Talent
Media Artists Group
LB Talent Agency
Elev8 Talent Agency
YJB Talent Agency
Fruition Talent
Salt Agency
Coastal Talent
Momentum Talent
Aqua Talent Agency
KMR
AKA
Clear Talent Agency
Jamie Ferrar Agency (JFA)
Daniel Hoff Agency
Allegory Creative Talent
Soverign Talent Group
CESD
Coast To Coast
Zuri Models and Talent
Signature Models and Talent
Beal Talent Agency
NTA Talent Agency
Trinity Talent Agency
Heyman Talent Agency 
Dani's Agency
Envy Model and Talent 
The Wayne Agency 
Howard Talent West 
Prestige Talent Agency
First Class Talent
Wild Models and Talent
Tilmar Talent Agency
Minc Talent Agency
BMG


Here is a detailed list of things that I do as a Talent Manager:
* Prepare talent for meetings with potential talent agencies.
* Arrange introductions to agents.
* Help my clients decide on the right talent agency for their representation.
* Advise clients on acting classes and coaching.
* Help clients choose a good photographer and help them pick out headshots.
* Promote talent to industry professionals.
* Prepare resume or advise talent on preparation of a resume.
* Help make any and all decisions related to talent’s career.
* Answer never ending questions on anything and everything related to a career in show business.

Also as a Talent Manager I make sure that all of my actors are accurately listed on profession websites including IMDB, Actors Access, LA Casting and that their memberships are current with SAG-AFTRA, and other collective guilds or unions.

I guide my clients in the right direction. I help determine an actor’s most marketable type and the kinds of projects on which my actors are most likely to find work. I advise actors on their image, resume format and content, headshots, acting classes, demo reels, websites, personal appearance and overall career direction. 
As a talent manager I also coordinate public relations, business matters, and help to make a career plan and keep my actors moving on a path toward success. As an actor's fame and career grows, most actors cannot juggle the acting demands, interviews, and appearances that come with a prominent career. That is where I come in. I coordinate the actors schedule and speak on behalf of the actor.

I am very hands on and give very specific instructions on every little step that my clients make in the entertainment industry, including exactly what acting teacher and coaches to use, what photographers to use, where to get their haircut, and so on. I am more or less the quarterback of the team (actor, manager, agents), setting a direction, telling my actors what they need to do to compete -- and giving them the bad news in terms of what they cannot do. I help my clients understand contracts, compensation, billing practices, safety, and speak on their behalf when necessary. I act as liaison between my clients and their theatrical agents, other professionals in the entertainment industry, and the general public.

When there are problems on the set or in a job my actors always contact me, not their agent. It is part of my job to coddle, mold, advise and generally speaking, smother my clients with individual care, attention and at times emotional support. I have been known to deliver an actor's favorite sandwich to the set if it makes them feel better.

My job as a manager is to guide and advise actors (and their parents) on their careers. If an actor hasn't been able to get an agent yet, I will guide and help an actor become as marketable and attractive to talent buyers and agents as possible. When I feel my clients are ready to meet with agents, I help them get an agent. Further, I help manage my artist's personal and professional life in a way that allows them to focus on creative productivity. 
My job is that of the artist's representative, I act as liaison between my clients and both the public, theatrical agents, publicists, labels, studios, publishers, talent agencies, touring personnel, attorneys, business managers, and other professionals and anyone else associated with my client's business.

Compensation: As a Talent Manager, owner of WAW Entertainment my SIGNED clients never pay me a penny unless they BOOK a job. At which time I take 15% of what they earn across the entire spectrum of their career. That means 15% of commercials, television shows, films, royalties, music business, book publishing, endorsement deals etc. 15% if their ENTIRE income from the entertainment industry. The more successful they get the more money I make. On the other hand, if our clients aren't making any money we still do all of the work anyways and make 15% of nothing. That is why I choose VERY carefully who I represent. Every client is a gamble, and I select clients to represent who I feel have the best odds of winning. 
There are two ways I work in this business. As a Talent Manager, owner of WAW Entertainment my SIGNED clients never pay me a penny unless they BOOK a job. At which time I take 15% of what they earn across the entire spectrum of their career. That means 15% of commercials, television shows, films, royalties, music business, book publishing, endorsement deals etc. 15% if their ENTIRE income from the entertainment industry. The more successful they get the more money I make. When my client gets paid $1 million for an endorsement deal (product spokesperson) I make 15% of that. 
In a completely SEPARATE business SECRETS OF A HOLLYWOOD TALENT MANAGER I am a BONDED CONSULTANT. If an actor OR the parent of an actor wants to speak with me to get a clear understanding of the business, and a 2 to 5 year plan of action to START your acting or singing career or FURTHER your career you can hire me for a one hour Skype consultation ($155) or 3 hour in-person meeting ($250) to get my advice and guidance. 

In either meeting I answer questions the actor or parent has and give them clear and definitive ACTIONS they can take to find and book acting jobs, or to get a Talent Manager or Talent Agent, to get more auditions, to build your marketing package, to create head shots that get more auditions, tell your type, how to meet casting directors, audition, create demo reels and acting clips and do social media and more. Each consultation is different and is based specifically on where the actor is in their career the moment they sit in front of me.

I am happy to give parents and actors real advice to keep them from wasting time and money and help them build a legitimate foundation in this business.

If you want to read some of my advice read my e-books OR SUBSCRIBE and Watch the 300 videos I have uploaded for FREE on my YouTube channel Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager OR read my blog of the same name.

If you're interested in scheduling a Skype Consultation or In-Person Meeting with me go to my coaching website and schedule a time! http://www.SecretsofaHollywoodTalentManager.com

I am here to help👍

Wendy Alane Wright
President 
WAW Entertainment

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