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How Agents, Managers, and Casting Directors Work For You
What's the difference between agents and managers? How do they work together? Do you need both? How do they work with casting directors? How do CDs champion actors? A panel of agents, managers, and a casting director share their advice and insights. Moderated by Sarah Kuhn.
-- Tony Martinez, talent agent
-- Mimi Mayer, talent agent
-- Angela Hutchinson, talent agent
-- Jami Rudofsky, casting director
-- Paulo Andrés, personal manager
-- Bruce Smith, personal manager
Originally from New York, Tony Martinez has been working as a talent agent for over twelve years. He is currently the senior agent at GVA Talent Agency. Tony is also the author of the popular advice book, An Agent Tells All.
Mimi Mayer owns and operates Angel City Talent, which has been in existence for nearly two decades. Along with agent Gwen Davis, Mayer handles the adult commercial and theatrical departments, while Katie Johnson handles kids commercial and theatrical representation. This office has a roster of 125 clients in TV, film, commercials, literary, and voiceover. Mayer has developed new talent by finding actors dedicated to the business while studying and developing the craft. She insists that actors approach their careers seriously and has little patience for those who do not.
Angela M. Hutchinson
Angela M. Hutchinson heads the Youth Theatrical Division and provides commercial and theatrical representation to adults at RPM Talent Agency, whose recent booking credits include Ugly Betty, My Name Is Earl, and Everyone Hates Chris, as well as commercials, plays, and feature films.
Angela specializes in launching the acting careers of new talent, as well as established music artists, athletes, and TV personalities who are looking to transition into acting for TV and film. A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Michigan, she earned her B.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering and a certificate in cross-media journalism from USC. She has worked for MTV, Warner Bros. Television, MGM, and the Grammys.
She is the founder of Breaking Into Hollywood, a nonprofit organization established to assist entertainment professionals in pursuing their careers with integrity, creativity, and enthusiasm. In October 2005, she was elected the first African American to serve as president of the Scriptwriters Network. In her leisure time, she enjoys mentoring youth and writing.
Not only does Jami Rudofsky have 14 years experience in casting, she is repeatedly voted a favorite by actors. Rudofsky's projects have included the miniseriesTwentysixmiles starring John Schneider, the Nickelodeon pilot Norton Avenue All Stars, the indie feature The Assistants, the Lifetime MOW More of Me, seven seasons of Gilmore Girls (which she cast with Mara Casey), the CBS Paramount Television Network/CW pilot Eight Days a Week, the indie Shades of Ray, the Touchstone/ABC pilot 20 Questions, and many more.
Rudofsky was a casting associate on The Practice and Felicity. She cast the stage production Xanadu the Musical and is also the resident casting director for the Celebration Theatre.
Paulo Andres has been a talent manager for nearly seven years, handling actors across the board from developmental clients to series regulars. Earlier this year, he and his business partner, Kurt Patino, merged with Rachel Rothman to create Rothman/Patino/Andrés Entertainment, expanding their collective company to include production development. He speaks across the nation on the business of acting to actors who plan to move to Los Angeles.
As a manager, Paulo placed Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Masi Oka on the NBC hit series Heroes. He reps Farah Fath as Gigi Moresco on One Life To Live and Jason Chambers, star host on History Channel's Human Weapon. His client Shalim Ortiz played the good twin Alejandro in Season 2 of Heroes and his client Chad Brokaw is well known commercially as Chad, the Alltel phone guy.
With a background in art, music, and photography and a degree in film, Bruce Smith spent his early days playing in a Long Island rock band and composing songs. After several years working for his own band's booking agency, he founded Omnipop in 1983 as an artist-friendly agency that was managerial in scope and personality. At first, the company repped musicians and comedians before expanding the roster to include actors when he relocated to create the Los Angeles office as a theatrical agency in 1990.
During his years in L.A., he launched the careers of Oscar Nuñez (The Office), Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Andy Kindler (Late Show With David Letterman), Christopher Titus (Titus), Kevin James (King of Queens), Adam Ferrara (Rescue Me), Teresa Strasser (While You Were Out), and many others. After 22 years, he switched Omnipop to a management company in 2005.
He has since produced the Comedy Central series Halfway Home (a script-improv hybrid starring his clients Nuñez, Regan Burns, and Jessica Makinson), Doug Benson's I Love Movies and The Maria Bamford Show (both Web series for Turner's Superdeluxe site), and The 5th Annual End of the World Tour (a Comedy Central standup special starring Titus).
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