Working With An Entertainment Agency In The New Economy

Friday, 7 December 2012

How an Ball Bureau works

In accession to autograph contracts, authoritative buzz calls, sending emails (sometimes 50 a day) an ball abettor will in the aboriginal instance access the work, which is in fact, their capital role. This has never been so difficult back the column war period. There are occasions if an ball abettor spends the accomplished day analytic for the appropriate act. Using the archetype of a sole trader, an ball agent's archetypal anniversary 40 hr anniversary comprises of:

40%-60% announcement the bureau (front page of Google etc) 16-24 hrs

10%-30% ambidextrous with bookings/issues 4-12 hrs

20% responding to enquiries (weeding out time wasters etc) 8 hrs

5% artisan registration/maintaining a ample artisan database 2 hrs

5% Analytic for that ambiguous act 2 hrs

Entertainment Abettor Overheads

An ball abettor has overheads like any business. Here is a account of some of the ball agent's overheads totalling (typically £2000+/year:

• Streamline

• PayPal

• Bank accuse

• General appointment costs - lighting heating anchored PC blast etc

• Rent/rates

• Broadband costs

• Hosting service/domain name rental/SEO/AdWords

• Petrol - blockage out artists/venues

• Membership of FSB etc

• Insurance

• Advertising - chicken pages etc

• Tax acknowledgment and accounting (no banknote for the ball agent)

Submitting your Data to an Ball Agent

When you abide actual do it via column AND email AND argument bulletin - that will ensure that your data can be accessed at all times. If appointment pictures/recordings to the ball abettor accumulation as abounding as possible, up to 10 examples is okay, and let the abettor accomplish the final best apropos representation. A lot of recordings are unusable, so if you are austere about your plan leave it to the expert. A weekly/fortnightly date area is a acceptable abstraction (It gets quieter appear the end of the week) as is a gig account on your website. An ball abettor may use an internet pseudonym to abstain bartering key words to the accessible domain. There is no such affair as an abettor affable website.

The Aboriginal Gig for an Ball Agent

Getting gigs is harder plan so accomplish an consequence and don't await on the abettor to accumulate accepting you through the door. Don't about-face up at the gig afterwards a wad of cards. Arrive aboriginal - it looks able and it's a acceptable befalling to breach the ice. A Satnav is account its weight in gold. Ball agents don't like accidental buzz calls in the evening, abnormally if their job has already been done. They may rebook because they like you rather than product.

Always altercate the claim anon able-bodied afore the booking date, it's abating for the applicant and allows any accomplished detail to be buttoned down, E.g. appropriate song, bounded gags etc. If two sets are appropriate blockage with applicant afterwards aboriginal set is a acceptable idea. Adopt a adjustable approach. An ball abettor can't get plan for anybody and will consistently accept their favourite artists and they are not necessarily the a lot of accomplished but could be the a lot of flexible.

Also bethink that the aboriginal ball bureau gig is actual important but top risk, so it may not be a big earner. However if all goes able-bodied you accept accomplished what could be a abounding relationship. If the abettor comes forth to see the act ask for feedback- he is the alone one who will acquaint you the accuracy if you in the "zone". If was the endure time your artefact was reviewed?

Pat Testing of accessories and Accessible Liability Insurance

This is a claim binding by law and a claim of all bookings by any ball agency, so don't get bent out. It aswell looks able if you can advanced the accordant certificates.

How to get on with Ball Agents

Ask yourself why you use an acreage abettor and abstain anachronistic clich├ęs like, just one buzz call.

The industry is acceptable polarised. Accustomed artists are alive with accustomed agents, new artists alive with the newer "post internet" agents. The ball abettor wants the account at broad prices with a appearance to aggressive retail. If an abettor charges:

• 15% agency - you will be one of a 1000

• 20% agency - you will be one of a 100

• 25% agency - you will be one of 10.

Treat every gig as a advance opportunity. Not accepting rebooked on the night is okay. Not accepting any enquiries is questionable. It is appropriate to accept added than one product. E.g. a actor can be a hypnotism, or magician/clown, an 80s band/soul, Elvis/Ratpack and so on. Accomplish abiding your artefact is bartering and acutely defined. No one will be searching for 6 altered accolade acts in one show. Be responsive, agents don't like acknowledgment machines or email responses added than 1 day old. Email on the move is a accept to have.

In Conclusion

Each gig costs an ball abettor about £100 to access and it about takes best to get the gig than to do the show. An abettor does not get paid for just brokering the deal; it's aswell for business the product, establishing hundreds of access and ambidextrous with boring dialogues. Technology has afflicted the industry. Some ball agencies are area led others are internet led. If the recession is over we will be in a new abridgement with ball affective into band with added industries and plan boring brief appear the added accelerating internet apprenticed ball agencies.