MGI’s Top Tips to Finding a Good, Talented and the Right Artist/Band
As managers, we invest a lot of time into our clients, so we want to make sure we’re investing in the right people. Our talent selection also reflects our reputation. When we rep great talent, we gain a reputation in the industry as someone who’s taste in talent can be trusted. Careful selection of which talent we represent can also help to avoid signing flaky and unreliable clients, which is a big issue for a lot of managers.
So how do we as managers carefully select clients, then? We look for certain qualities in them, such as the following:
Managers (and fans) want to see acts that will lead instead of follow, and think outside the box.
As they say, it has to be fucking great! The songs, songwriting, vocals, stage presence, how you carry yourself, and your level of professionalism. Managers want a full-package that will grab people’s attention.
* Love Factor
Your manager also, especially, needs to LOVE your music. If they’re not in love with you or your music, they simply will not want to manage you and you simply should not want them managing you.
* Hard Work & Determination
Managers want to manage artists who work just as hard, if not harder than their management. Even after an artist gets a manager, they still need to put in the hours to continue improving their art and building their business WITH their management team. Their work doesn’t stop after they get a manager, it’s very much the opposite. In order to make music a long term career yourself, they need more determination than the average artist.
Understand that this is a long term business and everything you think will happen in 1 year, might happen in 2-3 years. There’s a small small chance you may see some great success quickly, but there’s a way stronger chance that everything you want to happen will take way longer sometimes than you think.
Ideally your artist has already been doing this for a while and has the ability to keep going despite difficulty or delay. Sometime’s we start working with new artists who are brand new, but ideally we work with clients who ALSO have already proven they can tough it out over the years.
You don’t want to manage someone who isn’t enthused about their own work!
And “Believe me” i have met Many that want a Free ride and they say if it works then kool if not oh well, LOL , Well we do NOT work with these type of artists, It’s pretty simple!
Not only does the artist have to trust the manager, but the manager has to trust the artist too. It’s a two-way street. Artists need to trust that their manager is going to work hard 24/7 to get them to where they want to go, and you as a manager need to trust your artist is going to continue to drive the bus with you.
You’ll hear it again and again – this is a marriage. It’s extremely important to find an artist that you can communicate with, and vise versa. You’ll both need to be very honest with each other, and have some tough conversations sometimes.
You want an artist that has a good reputation. Both with industry and with their fans. Ask around and find out before you start working with them.
* Existing Success
Something has to make the artist attractive, and “NOT” just their looks. Although, depending on the style of music that can definitely help sometimes. What I’m talking about is if there’s something already clearly working, their business growing, they’ve already gained a bit of a fan base, or they’ve achieved some sort of success.
* Aligned Vision
The managers and artists’ definitions of success both need to be the same. Managers make sure you spend time finding out what exactly it is the artist wants, and then make you can truly deliver and get them to where they need to go.
The more professional your clients are the better. Even though the manager is the one dealing with the industry most of the time, you don’t want to hear that your artist played a venue and was very unprofessional or inappropriate with the staff or Fans. Professionalism is what separates winners from amateurs.
* Nice Personality/Humility
You definitely don’t want to be working with someone who’s an asshole and treats you or anyone else like crap. At least I know I don’t!
Look out for the ones who are nice people. Or decide what kind of crap you’re willing to take from your own clients.
Above all, if you’re an artist, just make sure you’re constantly developing your craft and your business in all areas. Work on your songs, songwriting, live performance, and brand.
— And the “BIG” question: YES we DO Charge for our services, no one that’s worth anything in the music business works for free! Each artist is different so our Fee will be different in each case, and no our Fee is not a %. It is a Monetary fee.
If you happen to be a poor struggling band, I’m sorry but in this music industry climate you could be the next Slayer, A7X, Papa Roach and still be sitting around hoping someone notices you. Good luck with that. It takes money to make it happen and to be noticed among ALL the 10000000 of bands out there. It takes hard work, serious touring, great music and money to make it happen!