Being on Center Stage

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Does being a performer give some agents a leg up? After surveying some performers-turned-agents, there is no denying being in front of the camera gives an agent an advanced skill set on booking talent and managing their clients – they’ve been there, done that. Agents like Derek Hay and Lisa Ann are familiar with the everyday struggles talent go through, which they feel make it easier to relate to their charges. Here’s what several prominent performers and agents had to say.

“Being a performer helps me manage talent. I can tell my talent the style of a certain director they might be working with, so they are better informed and will know what it’s like to work with that director. If they want to know what it’s like to work with Robby D, I can tell them. Then, they will have a more informed view or opinion.”
-Derek Hay, Owner/Agent, LA Direct Models (AKA Ben English)

“The fact that I was performer helps a lot. I know what it’s like to be a performer. Agents who have never been performers don’t know what it’s like to be one. I believe wholeheartedly this type of experience is very important for an agent. When new clients come into my office and want to be performers, I can really let them know what’s like and inform them of the realities, rewards and how the industry works. My wife, Kelly Kline, who works with me managing talent was also a performer.”
-Kevin Kline, Owner/Agent, Type 9 Models (AKA Richard Kline)

Being in front of the camera helps my talent understand that I understand them … Doing everything they do, shows them that I not only get it, but am willing to do it (and love it), as well.”
-Lisa Ann, Owner/Agent, Lisa Ann's Talent Management

“The fact that I still perform helps me manage talent a little better than an agent who has never performed. I have been in front of the camera for over eight years. I know what a director wants and I can guide girls as to what a director’s specific niche is. And I know my girls’ personalities, so I can match them correctly with the job they’ll be doing. If the scene is too aggressive and the girl isn’t comfortable or capable with that type of scene, I’ll choose a different girl who can perform in that realm.”
-Shy Love, Owner/Agent, Adult Talent Managers

“To me, it doesn’t make a difference that I have been a performer. Being an agent is a separate entity.”
-Joel Lawrence, Owner/Agent, Gold Star Modeling

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