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Agents & Business Managers of Artists, Performers, & Athletes

Also called: Agent, Booking Agent, Talent Agent, Theatrical Agent

What they do:
Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.
On the job, you would:
  • Collect fees, commissions, or other payments, according to contract terms.
  • Confer with clients to develop strategies for their careers, and to explain actions taken on their behalf.
  • Develop contacts with individuals and organizations, and apply effective strategies and techniques to ensure their clients' success.


  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior
  • bringing people together to solve differences
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Accounting software
  • Financial accounting software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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