Talk The Talk: Defining The Role of Manager vs. Agent

In the business of acting you need to be able to walk the walk, but more importantly talk to the talk! As you get more involved in the industry, you will come across new words being used to describe your work. I want to make sure you are primed and ready to use this new vernacular to your advantage. This week I am going to review 5 new words or phrases that are commonly used in the entertainment business. You will be a pro in no time!

Today let’s break down the difference between a manager and an agent!

Manager: A person who helps to guide an actor’s career. A manager fills a more personal role in an actors life as they act as a day to day consultant in building a career. A manager helps with reading and selecting scripts, scheduling meetings with casting directors and introducing performers to the right people in the industry. A manager is tasked with building a team for an actor including partnering them with the right agent, publicist, lawyer, business manager, stylist and assistant.

Agent: An individual or organization that finds work for actors, directors, writers, musicians, models, athletes, etc. An agent acts as the negotiator on all contract agreements including pay, distribution, accommodations, merchandise, and schedule. An agent also puts performers up for roles or projects. An agent receives a percentage of earnings, generally 10%.

In the end, agents and managers must work together in order to improve the careers of their clients. Below is a list of some of the largest talent agencies and management firms for your reference.

Management Firms:

Untitled Entertainment

Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Management 360


Talent Agencies:







Mason O’Brien is ClaimFame’s professional Casting Coach. Mason has worked in casting for years and is also the owner and operator of Bluprint Coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life!


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