Working in the film industry means you are a part of the stream of writers, directors, actors, cinematographers, etc. trying to ensure their current or next project is seen and heard. At what point should you seriously consider representation? And what does representation mean? Hear from agents who have experience working with filmmakers, actors, etc. and managing their careers and get a better understanding of what "representation" means as well as how to go about ensuring you find the right people for you and your projects.
Heather Collier owns Collier Talent Agency in Austin, TX. She represents actors and actresses for film, television, theater, commercial and voice over work. She worked as an agent in Chicago, NYC, and LA before moving to Austin and opening her own agency.
Jessica Lacy is head of the international and independent film department of ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion picture, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Ms. Lacy leads her department in structuring and arranging financing, packaging and securing distribution for independent films. She was elevated to the position in 2012, following the Sundance Film Festival, where her department was responsible for brokering eight distribution deals, including the North American acquisitions of festival award winners “Robot and Frank,” starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon, and the Duplass Bros.’s “Safety Not Guaranteed.” Ms. Lacy’s team also packaged the upcoming films, “Romeo & Juliet,” starring Academy Award® nominee Hailee Steinfeld, and “Better Living Through Chemistry,” which stars Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Michelle Monaghan.
Prior to joining ICM Partners, Ms. Lacy worked in the motion picture literary department of the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency. A native of New York, she worked in New York City on film and television productions such as “The Emperor’s Club,” “It Runs in the Family,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Birth,” “Law & Order,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” After graduating from Brown University in 2000, Ms. Lacy worked in documentary film for Barbara Kopple at Cabin Creek Films.