here are notes from the panel – “How to Get, Keep & Manage Your Agent or Manager” moderated by chad gervich. chad wrote a book called Small Screen, Big Picture that is required reading for those trying to break into television writing.
difference between agent and manager?
agent can legally procure employment.
if you’re just trying to be a writer, having an agent might be enough.
if you’re trying for a multi-faceted career, like writing and also directing or acting, a manager might be helpful.
a manager can act as a producer. if the script doesn’t sell, then the manager can try to act as producer to give it a second life.
agents get you a better deal.
managers make you a better writer.
managers act as a creative partner.
help you figure out which projects to write.
when breaking in, often a writer will get a manager first, then after they get a job, get an agent.
it helps agents and managers if you have a clear vision of what you want to do. if you want to do multiple things, like write comedy AND drama, pick one first.