Talent Agent

Find and manage bookings for Actors or Singers.

Quick Stats


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Good

Salary Range
$40,000 – $114,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Talent Agents do?

The title “Talent Agent” is a general one. It can refer to anyone who promotes different Artists including bands, Actors or Models. But though the industry in which you work varies, the job responsibilities of a Talent Agent look the same no matter who you represent: You sell the acts or performances you represent to anyone looking for the next big thing to put on their stage.

Being a Talent Agent is all about networking and marketing—the connections you have are what get your clients their shows and parts. People who you have a good working relationship with will be more likely to choose your band for their opening act or trust you when you gush about the next big thing you just found.

Once a venue or production accepts your client as their next act, you negotiate fees and figure out show dates keeping in mind transportation time and your client’s schedule. For example if you’re booking a band you wouldn’t want them in California one night and New York the next, then back in Cali on the third day.

You also will spend a lot of time discovering new clients. Depending on what Artists you represent, for example you might focus on only child stars or just Models, will influence where you spend your time looking for new talent. If you’re looking for bands you’ll spend a lot of time on myspace or at small shows and if you’re trying to find the next Brad Pitt, you’ll look in Community Theater. The more people you represent the more likely you’ll have the perfect person for a Director when they start looking to cast their next lead.


Should I be a Talent Agent?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Agent, Artist Agent, Author's Agent, Television Agent

    How to become a Talent Agent

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