Vesta Talent Agency Owner Jane Schulman Shares "Ivy League" Agent Secrets Jane Schulman, owner of Vesta Talent Agency, has a great deal of experience in working in the entertainment industry. Her advice to actors is very practical and valuable given her years of industry experience.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- There are many things that all actors, whether they are newcomers or veterans, need to be aware of when it comes to the industry in which they work. Unfortunately, many of these actors fall prey to the same mistakes over and over again simply through misinformation or plain bad advice. Jane Schulman, owner of Vesta Talent Agency, was asked by us to help clarify these misconceptions.
Schulman, whose agency has been serving the entertainment industry for years, has seen many actors fall prey to the same issues time and again, their naiveté leading to costly mistakes that should have been easily avoided. Schulman, for her part, offered to share some of her expertise in order to help newcomers and industry veterans alike avoid some of the trappings that the industry sometimes has in store.
"One of the most obvious pitfalls when it comes to industry newcomers is in the selection of an agency," said Schulman. "There are so many wonderful and legitimate agencies in this industry, but there are also plenty of agencies who are working outside the parameters of the law and not necessarily looking out for the actor's best interests. The clearest example is an agency that asks for money up front. I'm always flabbergasted when an actor asked me what fees I charge. What kinds of agencies have they been interviewing with? Agents work on the commissions they earn from finding the actor work, so up-front payment is forbidden."
According to Schulman, it is also important to check the number of clients that the agent works with. Do you want to be in a high visibility agency where each agent can easily represent more than 300 actors or, do you want a boutique situation where the agents represents only a fraction of that? "It should be fairly easy to find an agent's client listing, and from there you can easily determine the number of clients and types of jobs," said Schulman. "Those are a few criteria to determine if an agency will suit the actor's needs."
Schulman noted that there is one component above all others that seems to be the best determinant of a good partnership with an agency: Communication. "Listen to what the agent is saying, not what you want to hear. Although you might hit it off personally with an agent, it is a professional alliance and it's imperative you understand what is expected of you. A misconception actors have is they think they hold the power in the relationship but it's not so. Most good agents would rather let an actor go, even if he's booking, rather than work with someone who is difficult."
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