If you’re an actor, I can only hope you’re lucky enough to be represented by the management team at Play Management.
I had the good fortune of speaking with Vickie Petronio-King and Lena Lees-Heidt. They are both talent managers with a combined experience of 20 years in the business. By the time I said goodbye, I felt like I had been shown a window into the operations of what they do.
Representing actors in film, TV, commercials and voiceovers, as well as a handful of directors, business is good.
I’m told that the BC tax credits in addition to the low dollar has helped keep their clients working.
“Having heard the discussion regarding less roles for women over 40, is this a concern?”
“It’s becoming a real frustration. Writers need to create more female characters for the 40+.” All of their actors are very talented and proven.
Most of their clients have been represented by them for 10 years. There’s very little changeover. If they accept a new client it would stem from a referral, a past relationship or their recent decision to better diversify their clientele roster.
Alternatively to seeking out roles for clients, they will sometimes receive scripts directly from producers in search of a fit.
When they represented Jacob Tremblay in Room, his manager became passionate about the script and championed young Jacob for the part. He became the heart of the story. Well done!
(Photo: Tamara McGill)