Ok, I have a hunch that people are actually reading this blog now. Up until here I was simply writing for the purposes of SEO, but now it may be time to write as if there is an audience!

My next goal in comedy is to get a manager. The difference between a manager and an agent is still murky no matter how many videos I watch on the subject. All of them say the same thing: An agent is licensed by the state, takes 10% of your earnings, and the contract is usually for 1 year. A manager is not licensed by the state, takes 20% of your earnings, and the contracts usually last much longer. Ok, thanks internet. But what's the difference?? Apparently no one has any idea. I've heard vague things like "managers steer your career as a whole while agents just submit you for projects". That has to be wrong because I know that people who get on Conan or Jimmy Kimmel usually do so through their managers. I'm reminded of the Steve Jobs quote: 

"Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use."

So in essence, no one really knows the difference between a manager and an agent. The fact remains though, that most people who get on late night do so through a manager, so I need to get one. I've been doing research on managers by going to the IMDB pages of comedians that have been on Conan and seeing who reps them (You can see their info if you sign up for IMDB PRO). Then I've been cold emailing those people my submission materials. No one has responded except for Mosaic management who got pissed that I would dare to cold email them. They said that they only take submissions through an agent referral. Oh so murky. I even tried calling the phone number for Three Arts and they shut me down the same way. Why even have a receptionist?

 

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