Talent Agents and Scouts

An agent is a salesperson who sells artistic or athletic talent. Talent agents act as representatives for actors, directors, writers, models, athletes, and other people who work in the arts, advertising, sports, and fashion. Agents promote their clients' talent and manage their legal contractual business. Talent scouts work for production companies, sports teams, or music producers and recruit talented people to perform in movies, television shows, or theatrical productions.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Acting Agents, Artist's Agents, Broadcasting Agents, Literary Agents, Modeling Agents, Sports Agents
Duties Promote performing arts talent to film and television studios, recording companies, advertising firms, publishers, and other organizations; manage the careers of talent
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in cities where there is a strong arts presence, but highest demand is in Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; entry level experience required
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head of Talent Agency or Head of Movie Studio or Music Company
  • Talent Agent and Scout
  • Assistant to Agent