Ask Denise: Agent? Manager? What’s the Difference?

Q: What’s the difference between an agent and a manager?

A: Here’s the basic breakdown:


  •  Helps to cultivate a career. Does not just book a job.

  • Generally has fewer clients than an agent.

  • Gives more individual attention.

  • While working with a manager, you can freelance with several agents, thereby having access to more auditions.

  • Managers generally take a 15% commission off the top.



  •  Agents are state licensed employment agencies.

  • By law, agents cannot take more than a 10% commission. If you only have an agent, you only pay this one commission.

  • Can have a small or large number of clients.