Maggie Schuster on a Manager's Role for Young Actors

Maggie Schuster on a Manager's Role for Young Actors

By Simi Horwitz

August 1, 2012


Maggie Schuster
What do you do for a talented young actor with few credits?
Managing the careers of working actors is such an interesting job as it really does vary with each client. My relationship is dependent upon my client's needs, and is tailored for those needs, and makes each relationship individual. My duties range from making sure that a client reports to the set on time to helping them make creative decisions in connection with upcoming projects. My relationships are based on trust, and I believe that helps to mold a unique bond.

How can a new actor make himself manager ready?
When choosing a headshot, make sure the picture resembles you. It is always a bonus if the headshot also captures the actor's personality. But the best way for an undeveloped actor to make himself manager ready is to really listen to the manager. The manager's job is to counsel and advise, and that rule never changes, although the circumstances may.

What are some misconceptions that the 18- to 23-year-old actor has about the industry?
I don't think actors anticipate the amount of rejection that they will face. They don't understand that a lot of factors go into the casting process. We understand that dealing with rejection is a major obstacle for the young actor. I try to help my clients understand what has happened and why -- from not booking a job to a television show getting canceled.


Maggie Schuster on a Manager's Role for Young Actors

By Simi Horwitz

August 1, 2012


Maggie Schuster
What do you do for a talented young actor with few credits?
Managing the careers of working actors is such an interesting job as it really does vary with each client. My relationship is dependent upon my client's needs, and is tailored for those needs, and makes each relationship individual. My duties range from making sure that a client reports to the set on time to helping them make creative decisions in connection with upcoming projects. My relationships are based on trust, and I believe that helps to mold a unique bond.

How can a new actor make himself manager ready?
When choosing a headshot, make sure the picture resembles you. It is always a bonus if the headshot also captures the actor's personality. But the best way for an undeveloped actor to make himself manager ready is to really listen to the manager. The manager's job is to counsel and advise, and that rule never changes, although the circumstances may.

What are some misconceptions that the 18- to 23-year-old actor has about the industry?
I don't think actors anticipate the amount of rejection that they will face. They don't understand that a lot of factors go into the casting process. We understand that dealing with rejection is a major obstacle for the young actor. I try to help my clients understand what has happened and why -- from not booking a job to a television show getting canceled.
 
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