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How to get out of a management contract

Hey there!

My friend and client, Paula, has an issue with her current management company. Here’s what she wrote:

David,

I could definitely use your help w/ something. I have more than a year left on my contract w/ a management company–but am dying to get out of it. Nine months w/ them and nothing to show for it. I have been hustling and working on my own through my own connections, yet they can’t even get me a meeting w/ an agent. I had better luck w/ my previous manager who didn’t have half the reputation and credibility that this current firm does. They congratulate all of my self-bookings and still proclaim to be fans, but obviously, this relationship isn’t working. My biggest fear now is booking something big on my own and having to give them a cut. Any help you can provide on this matter would be much appreciated.

— Paula

I wrote her back, and offered this advice:

Why is that a fear?

That’s your agreement – and you shouldn’t think twice about it.

In fact, if there’s a motivation issue, money can solve that. Booking clients seem to get more auditions and work than non-booking clients – I wonder why??

Our business goals as actors and VO performers, when working with agents and management, are not about giving the process over entirely to representation – it’s adding their efforts to our arsenal, in addition to all of the other ways we get work.

Look at it that way, and you’ll feel less anxious about giving them the 10%.

If you really want to get out of your contract, look for language in the contract that allows for that. There’s usually a non-performance clause, often “no work or auditions for 90 or 180 days.”. If you don’t have a clause like that, then that’s a lesson learned for your next negotiation.

Hope this helps.

David

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

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  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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