How to Start a Career as a Talent Agent and Last Long

Professional and licensed talent agents in the entertainment industry are known to land artists with huge paychecks, blockbuster roles in the big and small screen, and numerous endorsements. In return, they can enjoy handsome income with decent commission and percentages off the royalty fees of their agreements. But before achieving these heights, any aspiring talent agent will go through long and stressful hours landing jobs for their talent.

Let’s review some of the responsibilities any agent will have before landing a decision to take this full-time career.

1. Trainee

Almost all trainees start their experience in the agency’s mailroom. Here you will be introduced to the functions of different departments as you sort and route documents to the respective individuals. You may also be rotated from one to another division and be asked to take on an agent’s desk. During this phase, you may be able to identify which department you have the most passion about and which suits your skills better.

2. Assistant Trainee

After spending some 3-6 months as a Trainee, the next step is to become an assistant. Here you will be assigned to different regular agents and be taught of the tools and necessary skills needed in a particular division of the agency.

3. Full-Time Assistant

Once you’ve been evaluated to have done well as a Trainee and Assistant, you can be absorbed to work as a Full-time Assistant. Here you will be taking on multiple tasks such as interacting with clients and executives, travel arrangements, liaising with different departments, coordinating meetings, etc. This phase is when some of the duties of an actual agent will be partially handed over to you and when you can partially test your sales and negotiating skills.

4. Full-Time Agent

Your last promotion as a full-time agent depends on the time frame of the training program, your learning curve, and performance review. If you can do a great job as an assistant, then you can get promoted within a few years into the career. As a regular agent, you will represent celebrity and non-celebrity artists in all areas of media such as endorsements, small and wide screen acting, voiceovers, productions, music, etc. Your primary task is to showcase their talent and secure their employment. For this reason, some successful agents establish their agencies as this fit those who have a background in law and contract writing.

These are the four steps you need to undergo before becoming successful in the talent management industry.