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How To Become An Actor

The American Dream Job.

Agents are the state licensed and union approved representatives of actors. They negotiate deals and collected a percentage of all your earnings. Agents are vital in the process of being signed to a major acting deal.

Managers are people who help guide your career as it progresses. Managers are not governed in any way and usually take another percentage of your earnings.

It is definitely important to have at least one of these to help you build an acting career. You can find out more details about them in the Agents, Managers and Lawyers booklet.

Agent vs Managers

Agents reg by state of calif
The talent agencies act in the Labor Code requires individuals who procure employment for artists in entertainment fields (except those that procure only recording contracts to be licensed as talent agents by labor commissioner.

In addition, agent must be franchised by the unions to represent union members

Agents procure work as opposed to managers who are there to guide and direct the careers of the talent...

Truth is though that most actors end up getting their own jobs.

Jobs are lsited in daily breakdowns
Only agents and managers have access
Agents work within agencies rather than solo
Fees are usually 10 percent of each deal
Packaging fees are 3-10 percent of budget of the project
There are a few top agents that call their own shots and make their own rules
These can package a deal....so inorder for a production to get an important actor they have to take other clients, director, proucer, writers etc.

"the studio is much more comfortable doing business with an agent because they want deals done efficiently and with as little ego damage as possible done to the creative talent. No studio exec wants to tell an actor that she's only worth x dollors and there is no way she can get main title billing, so the task falls to the capable agent.

MANAGER (career or business)
Magage career of talent
Take 10-20 percent before taxes, even if they do not do anything to help you get a job.
Or can take a producers fee in place of a commission

Also in professional sports

By law can not submit an actor forroles or negotiate contracts....this is up to the agents....but not followed with any sense of regularity.

Don't need to be licensed..unregulated..no checks and balance
BUSINESS MANAGER....usually for an established career....keeps track of money, pays bills, makes investments, tax forms and sets up legal mech...if your money just disapears tough.
Use an accountant to keep track of money and do taxes.

LAWYERS...really makes a difference.
They can set up deas as ewell as negotiate
Combination of contract and intelectual law

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