For every movie made, every television show produced and every play or stand up show performed there are key people guiding the talent and making the deals. The world of representation includes Agents, Managers, Lawyers, Publicists and Business Managers and when you reach superstar fame, you may have all of those people on your team. Ideally, you´d be making enough money to pay for all of those people, but what if you´re not a superstar yet? What if you´re barely getting auditions or club spots and have no representation? Do you need an Agent more than you need a Manager or is it the other way around? What if you have an Agent and are getting some things moving but think you might now need a Manager? Is a Manager the person who´s supposed to get you more club gigs? What can a Manager bring to the table, who do you trust, and how much should you be paying him/her?
If any of these questions speak to you, then this seminar is not to be missed. Taught by Manager/Producer Randi Siegel (see bio below), you´ll gain an understanding of the different areas of talent representation, how each one functions in the scope of your career, what they get paid, your rights as a client, the pros and cons of having a manager (especially for comedians), what managers are looking for from talent, and how to manage your representation relationship expectations. Randi teaches a 15 week course at Boston University called "Talent Representation and Contracts," but is bringing the best information to you in this one time, 3 hour seminar for comedians and talent at all levels.
If you´re ready to have your professional dreams come to fruition by understanding how to make representation work for you, then sign up now and we´ll see you soon!
---------------------------------------------------------------- This class is taught by Randi Siegel - a producer, talent manager, consultant and speaker. Most known for launching and developing the career of Jimmy Fallon, Siegel works with actors and comedians on career strategy, social media profiles, and the development of scripts and standup material from stage to screen.
Siegel returned to management after a decade long hiatus, during which she served as the EVP of Talent & Development at National Lampoon, Head of Special Projects & Marketing Initiatives for Comic Relief (HBO 2006), Executive in Charge of Alternative Comedy Programming at The Fred Silverman Company, and as the Director of Comedy Relations & Content at Myspace. It was there that she created and produced MYSPACE NEWS, a parody interview series that was touted as "The Best Thing From Myspace Ever" by Business Insider and introduced Clippers superstar, Blake Griffin, as a comedic talent.
Her transition to National Lampoon allowed Siegel to grow creatively and her proven ability to identify talent and strategically guide careers, combined with her years of work in comedy as a representative, buyer, producer and development executive gives her a unique, broad perspective on the entertainment business. Her insight and advice is presented with a direct, realistic view on effective ways to establish goals and successfully navigate the industry.
Out of college (Denver University), Siegel began as the receptionist for famed talent manager Bernie Brillstein (Brillstein-Grey Entertainment), and came up through the ranks working closely with the career development of clients such as David Spade, Adam Sandler, Bob Saget, Rob Schneider and Andy Dick, as well as new talent. After 5 years, Siegel formed her own management company and launched and developed the careers of many talents, including Jimmy Fallon from obscurity through SNL, film, records and books.
Siegel brings her experience to Boston University (2009-2015) with her class "Talent Representation and Contracts," which was ranked #6 on The Daily Beast´ Hottest College Courses in the Country list (2011). She often serves as a judge for comedy and pitch contests, and is a guest lecturer, panelist and moderator for many areas of entertainment from talent and content development, pitching and production and contract negotiations to branding and social media strategies. Some of her seminars include "Social Media for Comedians," "The Business of Comedy," "The Art of the Pitch," "Developing Your Stand-Up for TV," "Call My Agent: Hollywood Representation & Powerhouse Deals," and "Pitching Funny vs. Funny Pitching."