Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Los Angeles talent manager Sheila Russo of SR Talent Management. Her clients are currently series regulars & recurring on Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon, and Nickelodeon as well as starring in National Commercials for AllState, Farmers, Cheerios, Apple, Audi, Mercedes and many more.
We discuss what makes a great talent manager, the differences between managers and agents, how to get the attention of a potential manager, advice for parents of young actors, the best times to come out to Los Angeles, and much more. Join us!
Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:
- “We work hands-on with the casting directors, and so do agents.”
- “I look for clients that are genuine.”
- “Be flexible. Be willing to try something different.”
- “If a casting director asks you to make a change, it’s often just to see if you can do it.”
- “The hours on set are very restricted under six years.”
- “I think the best thing to do for your kid is to put them in plays.”
- “Put your kid in Improv.”
- “If I make a connection with a kid, then it doesn’t matter if they don’t have a resume.”
- “Don’t send me a 13 year old in fake eyelashes and a really short skirt.”
- “Keep your size info updated, and get new photos when necessary.”
- “Don’t have over-the-top expectations.”
- “Do plays. Get into a Shakespeare class. Read.”
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