Profession talent agent

Talent agents represent artists, authors, performers and athletes. They promote their clients in order to attract prospective employers. Talent agents set up public appearances, auditions and performances. They take care of contract negotiations.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Employment law

    The law which mediates the relationship between employees and employers. It concerns employees' rights at work which are binding by the work contract.

  • Contract law

    The field of legal principles that govern written agreements between parties concerning the exchange of goods or services, including contractual obligations and termination.

Skills

  • Manage contracts

    Negotiate the terms, conditions, costs and other specifications of a contract while making sure they comply with legal requirements and are legally enforceable. Oversee the execution of the contract, agree on and document any changes.

  • Provide career counselling

    Advise beneficiaries on future career options through counselling and, potentially, through career testing and evaluation.

  • Identify talent

    Identify talents and involve them in a particular sport.

  • Analyse data about clients

    Study data about clients, visitors, customers or guests. Gather, process and analyse data about their characteristics, needs and buying behaviours.

  • Arrange bookings

    Arrange shows, performances, concerts, etc. for clients.

  • Coach clients

    Actively help clients to improve their strengths and confidence. Propose courses and workshops or coach them yourself.

  • Help coordinate promotional activities

    Help establish a schedule for promotional activities. Define the content of promotional activities. Select resource person or people to delegate and share relevant information with them. Prepare the necessary material.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Plan medium to long term objectives

    Schedule long term objectives and immediate to short term objectives through effective medium-term planning and reconciliation processes.

  • Prospect new customers

    Initiate activities in order to attract new and interesting customers. Ask for recommendations and references, find places where potential customers can be located.

Optional knowledge and skills

financial management organise auditions liaise with sports organisations perform market research identify physical characteristics of performer manage sporting career arrange auditions attend performances identify training needs propose projects to artist entertainment industry analyse consumer buying trends sales promotion techniques liaise with celebrities liaise with book publishers adapt to artists' creative demands read manuscripts attend book fairs introduce artist to potential employers copyright legislation apply risk management in sports

Common job titles

  • Talent agent
  • Talent agency internship
  • Booking agent internship
  • Assistant to talent agent
  • Casting coordinator
  • Talent agency intern
  • Sr. manager, talent & development
  • Manager, talent partnerships & strategy
  • Booking agent