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Veteran actors and their representation share their strategies and working relationships. How does the manager work with the agent? What happens when your manager and agent disagree? What makes for a good relationship with a manager or agent? What does a manager do versus an agent? How can the actor help their representation? Moderated by Back Stage executive editor Dany Margolies.

Speakers include:

* Orion Barnes, Agent and Owner, Rogers Orion Talent Agency
* Doug Jones, Actor
* Jeff Marlow, Actor
* Bruce Smith, Manager, Co-owner and Founder, Omnipop Talent Group
* Paulo Andres, manager
* Kelly Stables, actor


Orion Barnes, Agent and Owner, Rogers Orion Talent Agency

Orion Barnes was born in Los Angeles, the second son of two actor parents. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in acting and during his early career specialized in sword-related stunt work and sword choreography for stage and screen.

Orion developed a passion for discovering and representing talent after spending several years running the theatrical and commercial divisions at a well-known boutique agency in Los Angeles. He opened Rogers Orion Talent Agency in an effort to create an agency that truly embraced the message that nice guys can finish first in Hollywood. He dedicates this agency to the memory of his father, Rogers Barnes (yes, the "silent partner" in the company's name).

Since 2005, the Rogers Orion Talent Agency has been dedicated to finding and fighting for the most brilliant actors in the business while building a high level of trust with the casting directors and producers it serves. The company currently represents actors for TV/film, commercial, stage, and voiceover.

Doug Jones, Actor
While famous for working under prosthetics in iconic feature film roles, Doug Jones is also a versatile character actor who has performed in guest-star roles on shows like "Criminal Minds," "CSI," and NBC's horror anthology "Fear Itself."

A veteran of more than 100 commercials, Doug was Mac Tonight, the moon-headed piano player in the long-running 1990s McDonald's campaign. He also starred as the lead villain in "Hush," an Emmy-winning episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," long considered a fan favorite. 

In 2005, he played the title role of Pan (as well as the nightmare character, The Pale Man) in Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning Spanish-language fantasy-horror feature "Pan's Labyrinth." But it was his sensitive and elegant performance as Abe Sapien in del Toro's 2004 box office hit "Hellboy," that brought Doug's unique work to a wider audience.

He went on to voice that same character for the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network animations "Hellboy: Sword of Storms" and "Hellboy: Blood and Iron." In 2007, Doug's title-role performance in "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer" was hailed by fans and critics alike.

Last year saw Doug reprise his starring role (as well as two other characters) in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," once more under the direction of del Toro. He recently completed production on a stylized biopic of the famous French poet-singer-composer Serge Gainsbourg called "A Heroic Life," in which he plays Gainsbourg's dark alter ego.

Jeff Marlow, Actor
Jeff Marlow is a proud member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, with which he spent last fall on a national tour of "The Complete History of America (abridged)."

Other theater credits include "Moonlight and Magnolias," "An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf," "And the Winner Is," and "The Sleeper" at the Laguna Playhouse; "Hamlet" and "Nothing Sacred" at South Coast Repertory; "You Can't Take It With You" at the Geffen Playhouse; "Franz Schubert: His Letters and Music" (opposite Julia Migenes) at the Odyssey Theatre; "Indoor/Outdoor" and "Around the World in 80 Days" at the Colony Theatre; "The Proposal" (opposite Svetlana Metkina) at the Strasberg Institute; "Medea" at the Theatre @ Boston Court; and "Sheldon & Mrs. Levine" (opposite Sally Struthers), "Surviving Sex," and "Where's Poppa" at the Falcon Theatre.

Jeff's television credits include "Pushing Daisies," "NCIS," "Grey's Anatomy," "Without a Trace," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Judging Amy," "Strong Medicine," and "Passions." Film credits include "Akeelah and the Bee" and "The Hebrew Hammer."

Bruce Smith, Manager, Co-owner and Founder, Omnipop Talent Group

Bruce Smith is the co-owner and founder of Omnipop Talent Group, a 26-year-old talent agency–turned–management company that specializes in comedy. He studied music, photography, art, and literature before getting his degree from Queens College in TV and film. Bruce also performed as vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist for 10 years in a popular New York '60s music band.

Since opening the West Coast branch of Omnipop in 1990, he has been responsible for helping to launch the careers of Andy Kindler ("Late Show With David Letterman"), Oscar Nunez ("The Office"), Doug Jones ("Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Christopher Titus ("Titus," "Big Shots"), Kevin James ("The King of Queens") and many others.

He has worked as a consultant on comedy specials for Showtime and Comedy Central, and his producing credits include the 2007 Comedy Central series "Halfway Home" (which starred his clients Nunez, Regan Burns, and Jessica Makinson) and 20 episodes of "The Maria Bamford Show" (a critically praised Web series for Turner's Super Deluxe site, now available on Comedy Central Records).

He is currently the executive producer of a pilot for VH1 called "Dumb" which stars his client Natasha Leggero in a parody of celebutante reality shows.

Paulo Andrés, Manager, Rothman/Patino/Andrés Entertainment
Paulo Andrés has been a talent manager for over seven years, handling actors across the board from developmental clients to series regulars. As manager, Paulo placed Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Masi Oka on the NBC hit series "Heroes." He reps Shalim Ortiz, who played Alejandro on "Heroes" Season 2 and is starring in the miniseries "Maneaters" for Lifetime; Marlene Forte who recurs on "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and Ethan Erickson recurring on Melrose Place. Paulo's hugely successful commercial client Chad Brokaw is well known as the lovable Chad the Alltel guy. Kelly Stables is starring in the midseason replacement series "Romantically Challenged" with Alyssa Milano on ABC.

Starting out as a performer himself, Paulo graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in directing and moved to Los Angeles. In 1993 he joined the Actors' Network. Quickly realizing he'd found a great thing, he committed himself to its growth and expansion. In 1996 his devotion culminated in full partnership, where his dedication to each member and his knowledge of the business transformed the Actors' Network into the leading organization for the working actor that it is today.

Paulo's desire to assist actors in their careers eventually became his driving passion as he transitioned from actor to personal manager. In February 2002 he opened Network Talent Management were he served a small, personal group of working actors. Quick successes led him to develop key relationships and experiences. In June 2004 he formed a partnership with Kurt Patino and opened Link Talent Group. On May 1, 2008, with great anticipation, they merged with Rachel Rothman to create Rothman/Patino/Andrés Entertainment, expanding their collective company to include production development.

Paulo proudly served for four years as board president for Common Ground in Santa Monica, the only HIV/AIDS community service center in Los Angeles' Westside. He currently serves on the Century of Compassion board, an organization dedicated to making our current century the most compassionate and peace-filled time in human existence. He speaks across the nation on the business of acting to actors who plan to move to Los Angeles. An avid cyclist, he biked 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the annual AIDS Life Cycle fundraiser event. He has also run five marathons.

Kelly Stables, Actress
Kelly Stables is making her mark as one of the most dynamic and busy actors in television. She will star as Lisa Thomas on ABC's new sitcom "Romantically Challenged" alongside Alyssa Milano. Kelly continues her recurring role in her second season on CBS's "Two and a Half Men." Coming up, Kelly will star in the ABC Family movie "Santa Baby 2." She also has a recurring role as Janette on ABC Family's "Greek."

Past television credits include guest-starring roles on "Life," "'Til Death," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Cavemen," and "General Hospital." She also starred in Showtime's "Pride & Prejudice," Lifetime Network's "Together Again for the First Time," and SyFy's "Furnace." She is continually active in voiceovers, starring in Disney's animated series "W.I.T.C.H." and "Too Many Robots."

Stables terrified audiences in "The Ring 2." She starred alongside Jason Flemyng and Mel B. in the British thriller "Telling Lies," and she fought dragons as the star of "Dragon Hunter." A self-proclaimed theater gypsy, Kelly has performed in over two dozen plays and musicals on stage, including the world premiere of "WR & Daisy," the revival of Gershwin's "Tip Toes," "Peter Pan," and the world premiere of "A Very Brady Musical," of which Variety said, "Kelly Stables gleefully steals the show as the ever-lisping Cindy, hitting every comedic note with impressive and hilarious skill."

Kelly was born and raised in St. Louis. In high school she was active in cheerleading, show choir, theater and D.A.R.E. She began her acting career when she was cast in "Godspell" at the Muny Opera. She graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri, Columbia, earning her Bachelor of Arts in communications with a theater performance minor. In 2000 she moved to Los Angeles, where she currently resides with her husband. In addition to her current television projects, Kelly produces and stars in the Internet horror series "Soul Fire Rising," in which heaven chooses a demon to prevent the world from going to hell.

Dany Margolies, Executive Editor, Back Stage

Dany Margolies has been an arts journalist for nearly 15 years, writing for Los Angeles–based publications and appearing on radio. Currently she is the Los Angeles executive editor of Back Stage.

After leaving the practice of law, Dany joined the staff of The Malibu Times, where she won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Los Angeles Press Club for her writing and editing. She came to Back Stage West in 2000, where she has served in a variety of editorial capacities while continuing to write profiles, informational features, and reviews.

She has moderated and appeared on panels and at Q&As across the Southland, including those in the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Conversations Series. Her voice has been heard on KPFK, KPCC, and KFWB radio as an expert on Los Angeles theater.

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