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Is your manager an asshole?

November 10, 2010

Lately, I seem to be coming into contact with more and more managers of indie bands that are, well, assholes.

Sorry but there’s no other word to describe it.

And I often wonder, if you have a manager, do you know how they are treating other people?

Especially people in the entertainment business that *might* be able to help you?

Do you *want* your manager to be an asshole?

Because, to me, you never know who someone is, who they know or how much money they might have.

I approach bands all the time about various things – management, licensing their music, radio promotion, etc.

Now if your manager responds to my emails promptly, as many do, who knows what good things could come about.

I’m a big fan of “be nice to people” so they will help you.

However, I seem to encounter more and more managers out there, almost always MEN and almost always that manage UNSIGNED, indie rock bands.

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Now if your manager is blowing off every person that contacts them about you, do you think that’s a good thing?

I mean, sure, your manager is there to be a buffer and filter out the shady people that may try to approach you about some shady deal.

But there a lot more reputable people out there these days than I’ve ever seen.

So if your manager is rude to them, you better do something about it.

Because your manager could be ruining your career by blowing off someone that can HELP your band with connection, time or money.

Test it out.

Have a friend send an unsolicited email to your manager about booking a gig or just some random question about your band’s songs and see how your manager responds.

Your manager represents YOU so if they aren’t doing a good job, it’s YOUR image they are really tarnishing, not theirs.

And you know the IRONY of this?

I write BIG bands all the time and their managers are often incredibly professional, kind, helpful, and welcoming.

Do you see the connection?

Be nice = get ahead in this business.

Be a dick when you’re unsigned = stay where you are.

Jennifer Yeko
True Talent Management

9663 Santa Monica Blvd. # 320

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
http://www.truetalentmgmt.com

http://www.truetalentmgmt.wordpress.com – Read my music blog for advice on making it in the music business


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