Right after college, I got a job at a boutique talent agency as an executive assistant for two amazing agents who have been working in this industry for 20+ years. One of my bosses used to tell me how lucky I was that everything is done online now. "Back when I was an assistant, we had to stuff envelopes full of headshots to submit actors to casting directors"
Throughout my year at the agency, I learned pretty early on that I was not made for the 9-5 grind, and that I wasn't a huge fan of busywork. (Is anyone?)
But I also learned that I LOVE working with actors. My favorite part of the job was getting to connect with the clients and be part of their journey as they work on achieving their dreams as entertainers. I met so many talented, delightful actors that brightened my day and made me feel proud of the work I was doing.
I love supporting other artists..It's one of the many reasons why I fell in love with working in Film/TV: it's a collaborative art form. When I figured out there was a way to help actors without having to be glued to a desk all day and still pursue my own dreams, I jumped at the opportunity to become a talent manager.
I work for Citizen Skull Management - a division of Citizen Skull Productions. It's the perfect gig for someone like me who wants to help artists while balancing other projects as a freelance writer/producer.
My dreams of becoming an actress are long gone, but those dreams are still alive in so many aspiring actors. I am thrilled I get to support them however I can.
I Promise You:
I'll Be There For You, And You're There For Me, Too"The relationship I have with my clients is what I like to refer to as a "Professional Friendship". I aim to support and help them however I can, even if it's not entirely business-related. My client's mental and physical health are my number one priority, and I want to make sure they feel respected, valued, and seen. I am completely transparent with my clients because honesty and clear communication are the foundation of any healthy relationship. I am super casual and honestly, I just love talking to my clients even if we don't have business to take care of. In return, my clients work hard and as long as we continue to support each other as we navigate through this crazy industry, as a bonus, the money will come our way.
Call Me, Beep Me, If You Want To Reach Me"Communication is key. I am easily accessible through any form of communication that my clients feel comfortable using. I tell them they can contact me at any time - even after business hours. I can't promise I'll always be available or awake when they do, but I can promise I'll get back to them as soon as possible. I check in with my clients on average about once every two weeks. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on how busy things are!
Sometimes You Wanna Go Where Everybody Knows Your NameI will always maintain a small client list. Even if I had many assistants at my disposal, I want to have no more than 25 clients at any given time. No matter where my career takes me, I want to make sure I have the time and energy to give each of my clients an equal amount of personal attention.
Where Are Those Good Ol' Fashion Values On Which We Used to Rely?I'm not in it for the money. Talent managing is a job I take seriously but it is not my sole source of income and my clients are not just another paycheck to me. My main goal is to help actors realize their potential and find their place in the entertainment industry. The 10% commission is just a nice bonus.
You Get The Best of Both WorldsI am a writer/producer who has a dream of owning my own production company. I want to cast clients in my projects and I hope that as I continue to make progress in this industry, so will they. I want my connections to become their connections, too. If you're interested in working with me, please email your materials to Sarah@citizenskull.com. Include a brief paragraph about yourself. (You get cool person points if you also tell me all the TV shows whose theme songs I referenced above.)