Celebrities can be hard to manage, even for their managers.
Take a peek at the recent activities of celebrities like Chris Brown or even iconic Tom Cruise. Don’t forget the wild behaviour of actor Charlie Sheen. What do you think their managers had run through their minds when those celebrities spouted insane things?
While some celebs can bounce back from their actions, like Sheen who is revealing in his craziness, others find that they lose steam. Due to poor management there have been many stars that signed up for movies that flopped or signed onto contracts that made them end up bankrupt.
There is no set reason on why a manager can fail a celebrity.
Often the manager may just not have the experience that can lead them to pick the right roles or gigs for their clients. If they do not have the experience this can be remedied by working with another manager or agency until they have learned more about the business.
The manager may just not have the right set of skills. People skills are very important to a celebrity manager. If the manager doesn’t have people skills then the celebrity may find they are losing jobs not due to lack of talent, but due to the rude or callous nature of their manager.
Managers may also ask for too much money.
If the client is brand new to the celebrity scene and a ‘hot’ rising star, the manager may try to take advantage of this and overestimate how much television, movie, and other executives are willing to pay for the star’s roles.
Should Celebrity Managers Possess Degrees?
Celebrity managers don’t need a degree in order to begin their own agency or to manage such stars and musicians.
However there are celebrities that refuse to be represented by a manager without some sort of degree. These degrees are usually in communication or some type of managerial degree. A degree can help a manager understand their role better and help them further their client’s careers.
Why Do Some Celebrities Run Amok?
Some people may wonder why celebrity managers don’t keep a tighter rein on infamously ‘crazy’ celebs.
For one thing that can be hard to do. A manager isn’t always right on hand. Their job is to book jobs and handle requests, not to monitor the mental stability of their clients every second. Of course, a manager should have an idea of their client’s behavior and if need be, tell the client they may need professional help. A client isn’t likely to always follow the advice of their managers.
Celebs often will fire a manager if they think the manager isn’t doing the job they believe is within that manager’s duties.
Some will change managers a few times a year, often these celebrities are notoriously hard to work with on many levels – directors, other actors, and other staff.
After a celebrity goes through too many managers they may end up managing their own career.
For some this may work but for others it can lead to a career full of dead ends.
At the end of the day, would you want to manage a celebrity?
About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on small business management 101 and other business and career topics.