As part of our continuing 3Questions series, I present Jared Schwartz, Talent/Lit Manager at Caliber Media Company.
HBAD: So, tell us about yourself. Who are you, what do you do, what does that position involve?
JS: My name is Jared Schwartz and I'm a talent and lit manager at Caliber Media Co. That means that I represent writers, directors (lit) and actors (talent). My job is to get them jobs, whatever that entails. I work with actors to get them auditions, I work with writers to sell their scripts, get them writing assignments, etc. Now, an agent does that too, but as a manager, I work with clients on more personal level than agents, building a relationship with them and guiding them career choices (while an agent involves themselves on a job/gig to job/gig basis, I focus on the long term, on their career). Myt clients know that they can come to me for advice whether it's professional or personal.
HBAD: How did you get your start?
JS: I got my start in 2002 when I was given the opportunity to come to LA and intern at one of the major agencies, UTA. I actually got really lucky in that I had a relationship with one of the heads of the company through a family member. I thought I wanted to work as a sports agent, but after a summer at UTA in the talent department, I found my passion. A year later when I graduated college, I came back in their training program and worked my way up. Eventually I decided I wanted to be a manager and left to pursue that career.
HBAD: What advice would you have for someone just starting out in this business, looking to break into representation?
JS: The best advice I can give is to utilize any and all resources possible in order to break into the business. I was able to get in through a relationship that a family member had and I never would have known about that if I hadn’t told anyone that listened that this was the business I wanted to be in. It can be a very tough business to get into so if you can find a relationship to give you a leg up that is always great. Also, be in LA or NY. It is so hard to get a job from anywhere else. You have to be here, on the ground hustling day in and day out, meeting people, building relationships, sending out resumes, etc. Obviously, some jobs are higher profile than others, but more than anything it is about getting a job. Once you get in, through hard work and dedication you can transition to better places, better positions and jobs in the field you are specifically interested in.