This famous talent manager offers a 12-step online course on acting
Jamie Freed is one of Hollywood’s top talent managers. He caught up with Jessica Abo to talk about her career path and how her new online course is designed to teach actors how to act.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Jessica Abo: Before tackling your new course, can you start by telling us a bit about your professional background?
Jamie released: My career in entertainment has actually been quite a wild ride. I grew up in Orange County and first came to Los Angeles for school. I went to UCLA and after graduation was accepted into the agent training program of one of the top three talent agencies called United Talent. It was a great opportunity at a very young age. I’ve been exposed to some of the greatest talent, people like Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey and many more. Then, in the early 2000s, I made the switch from the agency side to the management side, when Hollywood’s most powerful man, Michael Ovitz, came back into the business and started a truly dominant management company. called Artists Management Group. It was hard to say no to working with some of show business’s top talent, people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Martin Scorsese, Matthew McConaughey, and more. It was just a really, really exciting time in the business.
What do you think was a defining moment in your career?
As my career progressed, I made a very early discovery and found Selena Gomez, which I took from completely unknown to a world star using Disney as a huge accelerator. In 2007, Hollywood journalist introduced me as one of the best talent managers in the entertainment business. I quickly became known as a manager capable of representing multi-hyphenated artists, crossing the boundaries of entertainment. As I created new opportunities for my clients in film, television, music and what was emerging as the new digital wave, I stepped in to represent the quintessential modern celebrity, Paris Hilton. During my time in Paris, we grew its empire into one of the first multi-billion dollar celebrity brands. Our goal was to reinvent Paris as a new modern celebrity DJ, while achieving over $ 4 billion in sales with his brand, which included perfumes, handbags, shoes, physical stores across the globe. And much more. .
In becoming a global negotiator, I went beyond simply portraying the stars of film, television and music. I started to represent high net worth individuals and royal families for strategic investments in entertainment.
How has it all evolved into what you’re doing now?
Today, with the evolution of technology, I became truly passionate about creating a new digital studio that would merge the worlds of entertainment and technology with the goal of finding new talent around the world. Momentus Academy’s 12-step course, The Business of Acting, is the first digital program we offer to our growing community of actors who will become the next generation of stars.
What inspired you to create this course?
As a talent manager, the best thing I can do is find ways to connect with people around the world. This platform will give me the opportunity to find new faces and connect them to key decision makers in show business.
What are some of the things people will learn?
You will learn things like mastering hearing, finding an agent and manager, and booking film and television jobs. On top of all this, you will have access to some of my interviews with the Hollywood elite. The truth is, if you know what powerful players think, imagine the edge you’re going to have over everyone in the lane. You will have the chance to be seen by me and my network as the entertainment industry is always on the lookout for new talent.
There are so many classes out there, how is this class different?
Simple. This has never been done before. For the first time, a high-level talent manager will offer students support and real inside information on how to better break into the company. I open up my network and connections and teach tactics you would never know otherwise.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into acting?
Well, I actually designed this course to answer that exact question, but if I had to describe it in one sentence I would say that in order to do the extraordinary you have to do extraordinary movements. Be bold, be courageous, be patient and most importantly, never give up.