FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I'M LOOKING FOR A TALENT MANAGER. CAN THE TMA REPRESENT ME?
A: The organization itself does not represent actors and does not help match actors to representation.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AGENT AND A TALENT MANAGER?
A: The primary responsibilities of an agent are to procure employment and negotiate contracts, and they are licensed and bonded by their states and franchised by the unions in order to do so. Talent Managers handle the day-to-day of an actor's operations, working closely with their team to advise on overall development, career strategy, branding, marketing, and the fulfillment of promised deliverables. Talent Managers handle a wide variety of responsibilities for their clients, often focusing on a targeted roster and adapting their evolving roles as the actor's career grows.
Q: WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF A TALENT MANAGER IS A MEMBER OF THE TMA?
A: It means that they have gone through a thorough vetting process conducted by their peers, and upon acceptance have agreed to abide by the TMA's Code of Ethics.
Q: HOW DO I FIND OUT IF MY MANAGER IS A MEMBER OF THE TMA?
A: All active TMA Members in good standing are listed on our website under Current Members.
Q: I'M A MANAGER. HOW DO I JOIN THE TMA?
A: Please visit Membership Information to see if you currently qualify for membership.
Q: I DON'T QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP. DO YOU OFFER TRAINING IF I WANT TO GET STARTED IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?
A: We are a trade organization and do not offer a training program; however, many agencies, management companies and production companies do hire entry level positions on an as-needed basis.
Q: MY TALENT MANAGER IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE TMA BUT I WOULD LIKE TO FILE A GRIEVANCE AGAINST THEM. CAN I DO THAT?
A: The TMA can only investigate grievance claims against current TMA Members.
Q: A TALENT MANAGER RECENTLY SENT ME A CONTRACT. CAN SOMEONE AT YOUR ORGANIZATION ADVISE ME?
A: The TMA does not give legal advice. Please contact an Entertainment Attorney for assistance.
Q: A TALENT MANAGER WANTS TO SIGN ME, BUT INSISTS I TAKE A MANDATORY SEMINAR UP FRONT BEFORE THEY'LL ADD ME TO THEIR ROSTER. CAN THEY DO THAT?
A: It is not ethical for a Talent Manager to charge a client ANY upfront fees in exchange for representation whether or not they are a member of the TMA.
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