I’m pretty sure this question has been asked by every actor at least once over the course their career. I get it – especially here in LA, the line between agents and managers gets… pretty blurred.
From agents… to managers… to manager-style agents… to managers who are also agents… it gets real confusing.
Don’t worry, I’m breaking it down today into three clear areas to help clear up the confusion: regulation, role, and relationship.
Watch and learn the difference between agents and managers below!

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So to wrap-up:
– Agents are licensed by the state, managers are not.
– Agents are the only ones legally allowed to procure work and negotiate contracts… buuuut… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
– Managers tend to have smaller client lists
– Managers tend to stay with you for a longer portion of your career
Remember – these are just rules-of-thumb for representatives, but there are always exceptions.
I hope this helps! If you have a question on your mind, please send it to [email protected], and I’ll answer it in a future episode of Guru Tips For Actors! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you don’t miss any #GuruTips!

xo,
Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru

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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.

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  1. […] I’m pretty sure this question has been asked by every actor at least once over the course their career. I get it – especially here in LA, the line between agents and managers gets… pretty blurred. From agents… to managers… to manager-style agents… to managers who are also agents… it gets real confusing. Don’t worry, I’m breaking it down today into three clear areas to help clear up the confusion: regulation, role, and relationship. Watch and learn the difference between agents and managers below! Read the full blog and get all the info! […]

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