If you’ve ever wanted to get the inside scoop on talent management, this podcast is a must-listen. My guest on this episode of Hometown to Hollywood is Taylor Bright, a Talent Manager with Stagecoach Entertainment in Los Angeles. Prior to becoming a manager, she worked in casting offices at Bullock & Snow Casting and Aufiero/Horn Casting on projects for Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV & CW.
We discuss a wide range of subjects, including how talent management works, the difference between agents and managers, what makes a great manager, advice for actors (and parents of young actors), how to get a manager, the best and worst times of the year to come to Los Angeles, advice for beginning actors, and much more.
A few of my favorite quotes from the podcast:
- “If you’re self-taping you can do it as many times as you want, so why isn’t it perfect?”
- “Find the person who’s most passionate about you.”
- “As a manager I’m here to oversee your whole career and guide your brand.”
- “With agents you typically have a theatrical agent, and a commercial agent, and a social media or digital agent, and a voiceover agent, and my job [as manager] is to make everyone work together.”
- “When pins are released? When tests don’t go our way? On to the next.”
- “Are you doing something every day that makes you a better actor?”
- “You don’t show up to Wrigley Field and knock on the door and demand to pitch that day. You start with t-ball.”
- “If you’re not getting calls back [from your reps] that’s a bigger conversation. It needs to be addressed.”
- “Don’t come out without a plan. Take acting classes. Do something fun. Go to Disneyland!”
- “Do Community Theater. Do plays. Do musicals. Expose yourself to the craft.”
- “Go to the AFI Top 100 films list and start at the beginning. Find actors who inspire you and watch their work.”
- “If you’re going to take the time to self-tape, watch it. Take notes.”
- “Hard work wins out. Always.”
- “Your parents can guide you, but at the end of the day it’s your career.”
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It’s amazing what you can learn in a one-hour podcast. Imagine what you can learn in a one-on-one consultation! If you are trying to get an acting career started, or have already begun but feel stuck, book a consultation with me online or in-person in LA. I can help you save months and years of time, and thousands of dollars, and help you create a roadmap to increase your chances of success. No one can promise you success… but I can help you take actions that will make it more likely, and save you some drama along the way.