Subscribe for 50% off
Subscribe

This Celebrity Talent Manager Is Offering a 12-Step Online Course on the Business of Acting

Jamie Freed is known for discovering Selena Gomez and managing celebrities like Paris Hilton. Now he's helping actors learn about the business of acting through his 12-step online course.

By
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Jamie Freed is one of Hollywood's top talent managers. He sat down with Jessica Abo to talk about his career path and how his new online course is designed to teach actors the business of acting.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Jessica Abo: Before we get into your new course, can you start by telling us a little bit about your career path?

Jamie Freed: My career in entertainment's actually been a pretty wild ride. I grew up in Orange County and originally came to Los Angeles for school. I went to UCLA, and after graduating, I got accepted into the agent training program at one of the top three talent agencies called United Talent. It was a great opportunity at a very young age. I got exposed to some of the highest-level talent, people like Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey and many more. Then, in the early 2000s, I actually made the crossover from the agency side to the management side, when the most powerful man in Hollywood named Michael Ovitz came back to the business and started a really dominant management company called Artists Management Group. It was hard to say no to working with some of the highest-level talent in show business, people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Martin Scorsese, Matthew McConaughey, and more. It was just a really, really exciting time in the business.

What would you say was a career-defining moment for you?

As my career progressed, I made a really early discovery and I found Selena Gomez, who I took from completely unknown to a global star using Disney as a huge accelerator. In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter profiled me as one of the top talent managers in show business. I quickly became known as a manager with abilities to represent multi-hyphenate artists, crossing the boundaries of entertainment. As I was creating new opportunities for my clients in film, television, music, and what was emerging as the new digital wave, I stepped in to represent the ultimate modern celebrity, Paris Hilton. Within my time with Paris, we grew her empire into becoming one of the first multi-billion-dollar celebrity brands. Our goal was to reinvent Paris as a new, modern celebrity DJ, along with grossing over 4 billion dollars in sales with her brand, which included fragrances, handbags, shoes, brick-and-mortar stores around the world, and much, much more.

As I became a global deal maker, I went beyond just representing film, TV, and music stars. I started representing high-net-worth individuals and royal families for strategic entertainment investments.

How did all of that evolve into what you're doing now?

Today, with the evolution of technology, I became really passionate about creating a new digital studio that would merge the worlds of entertainment and tech with the purpose of finding new talent around the world. The Momentus Academy's 12-step course, The Business of Acting, is the first digital program we're offering our growing community of actors who are going to 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 discover people around the world. This platform is going to give me an ability to find new faces and connect them to the key decision-makers in show business.

What are some of the things people will learn?

You'll learn things like mastering the audition, finding an agent and a manager, and booking jobs for film and television. Along with all that, you're going to have access to some of my interviews with the Hollywood elite. The truth is if you know how the power players think, imagine the advantage you're going to have over everybody lined up down the hall. You'll have a chance to get seen by me and my network because the entertainment business is always looking for new talent.

There are so many courses out there, how is this course different?

Simple. It's never been done before. For the first time, a high-level talent manager is going to offer students support and real inside information on a better way to break into the business. I'm opening up my network and connections and teaching tactics you'd otherwise never know.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into acting?

Well, I actually designed this course to answer that exact question, but if I were to describe it in one sentence, I would say to do the extraordinary, you have to make extraordinary moves. Be bold, be brave, be patient, and above all, never give up.

Latest

The Top 5 All-Time Best Productivity Hacks You've Never Heard Of

Want to combat chronic procrastination? Use these top five productivity hacks to put an end to this debilitating nuisance.

How to Identify Your X Factor So You Can Monetize Your Gifts

The founder and CEO of Rock Your Gift shares what to ask yourself to find your X factor, and explains how he's helping coaches and speakers define their unique message to grow their platform and visibility to attract consistent clients.

Here's How Investors Can Tell If You Are as Passionate as You Say You Are

On this bank-breaking episode of 'Elevator Pitch,' see who gets funding and who gets called out.

This Woman Launched a Multi-Million Dollar Company Out of Her Dorm Room in College. Now She's Helping Kids Launch Big Ideas of Their Own.

Founder of Headbands of Hope and Mic Drop Workshop, Jess Ekstrom, talks about her new interactive book Create Your Bright Ideas.

Bam! Emeril Lagasse on Kicking Your Business Up A Notch

Interview with celebrity chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse about his new Roku TV series, putting relationships first, and creating media with a purpose.

5-Minute Mentor: Is My Idea Ready to Be a Business?

Here's how to test your idea and bring it to market in an impactful way.

Do You Have Toxic Office PTSD?

A dark cloud of doom seems to have followed you all the way from that cruddy job to your new desk.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf CEO Sanjiv Razdan on Mentoring New Business Leaders

Interview with Sanjiv Razdan about making the most of nontraditional opportunities, brewing customer curiosity, capitalizing on user-generated content, and inspiring industry leaders with the nonprofit GLEAM Network.

Is Staying Remote the Best Thing for Your Business?

Here's how to unlock the unbeatable benefits of a remote setup.

3 New Ways to Develop Laser-Like Focus

To boost focus in the face of distractions, you need a new approach to success.

Watch the Pitch That Results in Life-Changing Investment and a Lot of Tears

Emotions and investment dollars run hot on the new episode of 'Elevator Pitch.'

10 Years Later: The Skimm Co-Founders are Transforming the Way Millennial Women are Taking Charge of their Futures

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg of theSkimm sit down with Jessica Abo to look back at the past decade and talk about the future.

Knead Hospitality + Design Co-Founder Jason Berry on Innovative Leadership and Employee Retention

Interview with the cofounder of Knead Hospitality + Design about loving what you do, a revamped restaurant work week, and leading by committee.

How to Prepare for a Performance Review (And Not Lose Your Mind)

Annual performance reviews are a time to shine — and a time to freak out.

Discover Entrepreneur Series

Whether you need advice on how to get your business off the ground or you’re just looking for inspiration, our video series have something for everyone. Browse our library below to find a series that speaks to you and your interests.