Talent Agents and Scouts


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.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree






Business Management


Personality Traits



Earnings for agents vary greatly, depending on the success of the agent and his or her clients. An agency receives 10 to 15 percent of a client's fee for a project. An agent is then paid a commission by the agency as well as a base salary. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes earned a median annual salary of $73,740 i...

Work Environment

Work in a talent agency can be lively and exciting. It is rewarding for agents to watch a client attain success with their help. The work may seem glamorous, allowing agents to rub elbows with the rich and famous and make contacts with the most powerful people in entertainment, sports, fashion, or publishing. Most agents, however, represent less-famous actors, artists, models, authors, and athl...


The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted film and television production, sports events, fashion and modeling events, authors' tours, and other artists' and performers' events. Slow growth is expected for talent agents and scouts into 2021, or at least until the pandemic ends and productions and events can fully resume.

Post pandemic, employment in the arts and entertainment field is expect...

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