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Steve Rodriguez

Managers

Steve Rodriguez became a professional manager in 1995 and is currently a partner with McGowan Management. Over the years Steve has represented more than 10 Series Regulars on such shows as Dexter, Law & Order, Law & Order: LA and many more.

Questions

  1. What is your response, and how do you handle, the legal fact that Manager’s are no “suppose to” solicit/submit their clients for work?
  2. You work with a lot of young performers at a University, and therefore I’d love for you to tell me what is the (1) most difficult “concept” for you to get across to young actors about the business of Hollywood and why?
  3. Has the standard length of a Management contract changed since 1990 and are standard out clauses more common or do you still work with a typical boiler plate agreement that is 3 years and very stringent?
  4. If you make no effort towards say the Voice-Over aspect of a clients career then why would you feel entitled to commission their income?
  5. If you believe, that there is a certain range of the number of clients per “Legit” manager in an office what is it and why? And if not, why not?
  6. What is your professional opinion on doing small theatre regularly in LA as a way to build a career?
  7. The hyphenate concept of the 21st century has become commonplace, so how do you feel about your clients spending a lot of time trying to be amateur web series writers-producers-directors-actors?
  8. Describe for the Actorbizguru audience how you would define career strategy planning for both a newbie with no credits and a long time working veteran who has just never “made it” yet?
  9. Is it your policy and philosophy for all of your clients to have agents, and if not, what is the reason why you feel that is better?
  10. Tell us the 3 most important qualities you feel a really good Manager must have that really isn’t required of a really good agent, regardless of the success level of one’s clients?

About the Guru

Steve Rodriguez became a professional manager in 1995 and is currently a partner with McGowan Management. Over the years Steve has represented more than 10 Series Regulars on such shows as Dexter, Law & Order, Law & Order: LA and many more. He is annually required to shepherd his clients through Pilot test deals, as well as negotiating studio Feature Film projects such as Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Bloodwork, Good Luck Charlie and the list goes on. His stature in the business drew attention from the prestigious Loyola Marymount college in Southern California, where Steve now assists with an acting student Career Development course as part of their annual curriculum. He has been a part of show business for many many years, initially as a performer himself, acheiving his MFA from the professional actors training program at Rutgers University where he studied with one of this countries most prestigious acting teachers William Esper. Upon graduation, he embarked on a professional acting career, working on stages from New York to Los Angeles and all stops in between. Additionally, he has made numerous television and film appearances working with Academy Award winning artist, which include Anthony Quinn, Joe Pesci and legendary director Mike Nichols. As his career evolved, Mr. Rodriguez became aware of other challenging opportunities with in the entertainment industry. Ultimately, this led him to become a Personal Manager in 1995.