So You Want to Be a Talent Agent?: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Local Talent Booking Agency

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A down-to-earth, detailed guide to every aspect of establishing and running a small, local talent booking agency, written by someone who has done so successfully for over 30 years. You don't need any particular background or a fancy college degree or even much money, just a desire to own and operate one of the most fun businesses you could ever imagine.

It's all here-how to find the talent, how to build up a clientele, how to promote yourself, the contracts you'll need, and a ...

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So You Want to Be a Talent Agent?: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Local Talent Booking Agency

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Overview

A down-to-earth, detailed guide to every aspect of establishing and running a small, local talent booking agency, written by someone who has done so successfully for over 30 years. You don't need any particular background or a fancy college degree or even much money, just a desire to own and operate one of the most fun businesses you could ever imagine.

It's all here-how to find the talent, how to build up a clientele, how to promote yourself, the contracts you'll need, and a fascinating insight to where you can go from here, including becoming a modeling agent, a TV producer, a writer, a record album producer, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450227223
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 645,873
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Talent booking has been Tom's second career for over 30 years, so he's been in the trenches and knows it all from the ground up. Starting back in 1975, he managed and booked a popular street singe from Boston, and from that built up an agency that represented over 100 different acts primarily in the street entertainer and vaudefille venues. But he'sworked with some legends too, like the Gene Autry Family. Drawing from his main career as a marketer and sales specialist, he's supplied talent to hundreds for hundreds of events, ranging from private birthday parties and weddings to municipal events and commercial grand openings.

Running a talent booking agency is a fun occupation that he'd like to share with others. What he's accomplished can be duplicated by anyone, with just about any background, in any city or town in the world. For some it can provide a nice part-time second income, for others it can mean a brand new full-time career. And it can lead to even more exciting possibilities such as talent management, record, television, and radio production, and movie scout.

Tom was born in Malden MA, graduated high school there, took some evening college courses, and joined the computer revolution in its early days as an operator and programmer. Eventually he switched over to marketing and was a marketing and communications director for several software companies. He owned a bookstore, was a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and lay preacher, as well as assistant sales supervisor for the Shaklee Corporation.

He is now semi-retired, but writes a monthly book review column for MENSA's national and international magazines, runs Interim Marketing Services, and is founder and director of Boston Paranormal Investigators, a group similar to SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters. He's divorced, with three children - Tom, Lisa, and Dawn, all now grown and pursuing their own careers, and he's a surrogate father to a little girl named Angel. His interests, besides ghosts, include UFOs, megavitamin therapy, polyamorism, and new age and folk music, and he's an omnivorous reader.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    If you are considering a career change and want to meet intresting people then quickly buy a copy of this book.

    WOW! Lots of good information and an interesting story behind it. Enjoyable reading, if you follow Tom's lead you'll suceed without trying.
    An intereting life and an intrestin character. Highly Recommended Reading.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    So You Want to be a Talent Agent

    So You Want to be a Talent Agent by Tom Elliott is definitely the best book on this subject. It really does cover everything you need to know to start your own local talent agency. How to find the talent, how to build up the clientele, and how to promote yourself are discussed along with examples from Tom's thirty years of experience as a talent agent. Contracts and other forms you will need are included along with savvy advice. Contacts for every type of talent are listed. Best of all the book is very readable.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    So you want to be a talent agent!!!

    This is a great book -- easy to read and has many tried and true idea's for starting any business not just a talent agency. Worth the money for the purchase.

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