Agents, Managers, and Unions



Appropriate For: Casual Learners, Aspiring Professionals, and Working Professionals

This class will help students understand the role of agents, managers, and unions in the modern voice over industry, and when a talent should think about pursuing representation or joining a union.

Class Length: One Hour

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When entering the voiceover industry, most aspiring voice actors have the same questions: Should I try to get an agent? What’s the difference between an agent and a manager? How do I get an agent to notice me? Are you ready to join the union? Does it make sense for me to join? How do I even qualify for union membership?

Many new voice actors have the impression that the first step in their career is to land an agent. The reality is that as a new voice actor, you may not be ready for an agent. Also, if you are struggling to book work on your own, why would an agent want to sign you? An agent only makes money when you book a gig. In this class, you will learn to see things from their perspective: if you can’t prove to an agent that you will be a valuable talent, why would they want to work with you?

Additionally, one of the most challenging decisions faced by a voice actor during their career is when they should join the SAG-AFTRA trade union. Becoming a member of the union is a rite of passage and one of the most exciting moments in any actor’s career. On the other hand, it can be an intimidating and confusing process, and can be the source of anxiety as the actor must leave most non-union work behind.

This webinar will delve into all these questions, and help you get a better sense of where you are in your career.

Learning Outcomes for the students:

  • Students will learn what an agent is, their function in the voiceover industry, and the difference between an agent and a manager
  • Students will learn how to determine whether an agent is right for them at this point in their career and how to vet one effectively
  • Students will learn the history and function of SAG-AFTRA
  • Students will learn if joining SAG-AFTRA at some point in their career is right for them and how to make that determination


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