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EP 120: Sheila Russo, Talent Manager

SHeila Russo, Talent Manager

My guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Los Angeles talent manager Sheila Russo of SR Talent Management.

Sheila Russo’s clients are currently series regulars & recurring on Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon, and Nickelodeon as well as starring in National Commercials for AllState, Farmers, Cheerios, Apple, Audi, Mercedes and many more.

We discuss what makes a great talent manager, the differences between managers and agents, how to get the attention of a potential manager, advice for parents of young actors, the best times to come out to Los Angeles, and much more. Join us!

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Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “We work hands-on with the casting directors, and so do agents.”
  • “I look for clients that are genuine.”
  • “Be flexible. Be willing to try something different.”
  • “If a casting director asks you to make a change, it’s often just to see if you can do it.”
  • “The hours on set are very restricted under six years.”
  • “I think the best thing to do for your kid is to put them in plays.”
  • “Put your kid in improv.”
  • “If I make a connection with a kid, then it doesn’t matter if they don’t have a resume.”
  • “Don’t send me a 13 year old in fake eyelashes and a really short skirt.”
  • “Keep your size info updated, and get new photos when necessary.”
  • “Don’t have over-the-top expectations.”
  • “Do plays. Get into a Shakespeare class. Read.”


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