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Carlson International was established in 1962. when noted musical arranger, producer and publisher Fred Barovick (credits include recordings by Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley) established Carlson International as both a record company and talent management provider operating from his Brill Building (1619 Broadway) New York office. He placed the management and A&R auspice in the hands of a management team, who had heretofore been a an independent talent agent and freelance producer.
By 1967, Carlson International expanded to a full service talent management/direction service organization, with expertise and track record to prove it, moving it's operations into The Fisk Building offices, 250 West 57th St. in upper-midtown Manhattan. The complex was then known as "Talent Row" because most professionals located there were talent/model agents, personal managers or casting directors.
Expanding further, Carlson International entered into theatrical film and video production ventures, producing twelve full length indie features; also cable programming, commercials, infomercials, and industrials with in-house crew, mobile van, and editing/post-production facility. This provided more acting and modeling opportunities for the greater New York area talent community.
As the cyberworld burgeoned, Carlson International launched, as a separate entity, "Xoteria.TV" ~ internet television and multimedia which enhanced Carlson International's talent management/direction services to encompass in-house web server and website facility to provide our represented actor/model clients with professional websites at no charge. See Promotions & Overview").
Importantly, personal artist management and talent direction services continue as the mainstay at Carlson International. With nearly fifty years experience, our pulse on today's entertainment-communications trends and methodology, Carlson International provides diverse, complete spectrum talent representation, while continuing the traditional personalized, one on one approach CI has been known for, now from offices at 1133 Broadway, Suite 708 in New York (general interviews by appointment only). You can upload your video reels, audio demos, pictures and resumes to us (info-use CONTACT US form and we will consider providing you with a free website using your promotional materials and stage name as the URL domain name on a yearly gratis renewal basis Please note that we do not go online at YouTube, Facebook, MySpace or other social websites to audition talent profiles.
A link to our complete talent management/direction TERMS OF SERVICE can be found at the bottom of this webpage. In general, we represent selected creative clients over the age of 17 only. Our commission fee is 17% of earnings we book, among the lowest personal management service rates in New York City.
New manager kid in town, or a talent management company with nearly a half century experience, same top level team intact, keeping it's pulse on latest film-TV-music trends ~ which would you trust with your career? Take us for a spin. Ask us any question you have about your career, no matter how complicated or simple. Use the contact form below. We'll respond with a personal e-mail reply and, if needed, follow up with a personal phone consultation up to one half hour. Discover for yourself, and your career, the Carlson International difference.
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NETWORK TV SHOWS CASTING IN PRODUCTION.
Blue Bloods (Crime Drama/CBS) A family of cops faces life in New York City. With Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, and Will Estes. Principals: Bowling Miscia Casting, 690 Greenwich St., 6th floor, NYC 10014. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting for new season continues to spring 2013.
Chicago Fire (based in Chicago but some principals casting out of NYC) (Drama/NBC) A look at a group of heroic Chicago firefighters. With Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, and Eamonn Walker. Principals: Jonathan K. Strauss, Lynn Kressel Casting, Pier 62, Room 304, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, NYC 10011. Background: Not casting out of NYC. Shooting began in July, in Chicago.
The Colbert Report (Comedy and Talk Show/Comedy Central) With Stephen Colbert. Principals: Barbara McNamara Casting, 249 W. 34th St., Suite 500, NYC 10001. With Anastasia Griffith. Background: No information available. Production is ongoing.
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy and Talk Show/Comedy Central). Principals: Barbara McNamara Casting, 249 W. 34th St., Ste. 500, NYC 10001. Background: No information available. Production is ongoing.
Elementary (Drama/CBS) A modern take on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. With Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, and Aidan Quinn. Principals: Mark Saks, 270 Lafayette St., Ste. 200, NYC 10012. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting began in July.
Girls (Comedy/HBO) A group of women in their early 20s chart their lives in New York City. With Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Adam Driver. Principals: No information available. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th floor, NYC 10001. Shooting May 15 through the end of August.
Golden Boy (Police drama/CBS) A young detective climbs the rungs of power in the police force. With Theo James, Kevin Alejandro, and Bonnie Somerville. Principals: Rosalie Joseph Casting, 609 Greenwich St., 6th floor, NYC 10014. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th floor, NYC 10011. Shooting begins in early August.
The Good Wife (Drama/CBS) The wife of a politician returns to her law practice after her husband goes to jail. With Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Josh Charles, and Christine Baranski. Principals: Mark Saks, 270 Lafayette St., Suite 200, NYC 10012. Background: Comer Casting, Attn: Heather, 336 W. 37th St., Suite 315, NYC 10018 or email@example.com. Shooting now through Spring 2013.
Gossip Girl (Drama/CW) Young socialites attend an elite NYC private school; based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar. With Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, and Chace Crawford. Principals: Bowling/Miscia Casting, 609 Greenwich St., 6th floor, NYC 10014. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting continues to October.
Infamous (formerly known as "Notorious") (Drama/NBC) A maid's daughter grows up to solve the murder of the heiress who was her childhood friend. With Victor Garber and Meagan Good. Principals: Bonnie Finnegan and Steve Jacobs, Finnegan/Jacobs Casting, 330 W. 38th St., NYC 10018. Background: No information available. Shooting begins in September.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Drama/NBC) New York City detectives investigate sex crimes. With Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Dann Florek, Danny Pino, and Kelli Giddish. Principals: Lynn Kressel Casting, Pier 62, Room 304, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, NYC 10011. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting for new season began July 23.
Made in Jersey (Drama/CBS) A working-class woman uses her street smarts to compete with her more-polished colleagues at a top NYC law firm. With Janet Montgomery and Kyle MacLachlan. Principals: No information available. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting continues through Dec. 23.
Person of Interest (Drama/CBS) A former CIA agent is hired by a mysterious millionaire to prevent violent crimes in New York City. With Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Emerson, and Kevin Chapman. Principals: Mark Saks, 270 Lafayette St., Ste. 200, NYC 10012. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th floor, NYC 10011. Shooting for new season began July 10.
Royal Pains (Comedy/USA Network) A physician in the Hamptons treats the rich and fashionable. With Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, and Reshma Shetty. Principals: Bonnie Finnegan and Steve Jacobs, Finnegan/Jacobs Casting, 330 W. 38th St., NYC 10018. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th floor, NYC 10011. Shooting continues to late summer or early fall.
666 Park Avenue (Drama/horror) Residents of a Manhattan apartment building are gripped by dark supernatural forces. With Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn. Principals: No information available. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting began in July and continues through December.
Smash (Drama/NBC) A behind-the-scenes look at the mounting of a Broadway musical. With Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, and Katharine McPhee. Principals: Bernie Telsey, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th floor, NYC 10036. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th floor, NYC 10011. Shooting for new season began July 17.
White Collar (Drama/USA Network) A con man goes to work for the FBI. With Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay. Principals: Not listing. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2411, NYC 10001. Shooting continues to end of August.
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*We have the expertise and the near half century track record to prove it.
*We are up with current trends in film, television, stage, and music.
Our Category Of Service: Personal Artist (Talent) Management/Direction (a/k/a "Manager">
What, then, is the basic difference between a Personal Manager (Management Company) and Agency ("Agent")?
Personal Artist Management encompasses guiding the career of a client talent, what is often referred to as talent direction, general promotion, counseling, handling disputes with agents or employers, interaction with a casting director at a television or film production company, photographer, recording company, theatrical producer, etc. Personal Artist Managers belong to an guild, in New York, the Conference Of Personal Managers East. Personal management companies, as such, do not have, nor are required to attain, a state employment license.
Theatrical, Talent & Modeling Agents, collectively "Agents," have state employment agency licenses to attain employment for models, actors, musical performers, dancers, acts, and so forth. Agents, like Managers, contact the casting directors at film/television production companies, commercial photographers, advertising agencies, etc. and follow trade casting calls to attain work for talent.
Some talent firms ascribe to being both personal managers and agents, combining the services of both. Carlson International concentrates it's efforts on personal managers only.
Casting Directors sometimes erroneously referred to a casting agents, are employed by a production company or advertising agency to cast (select) actors, models, performers, spokespersons for specific productions. Both personal managers and agents submit promotional materials and press kits to casting directors, agents handle the actual employment.
Business Agents, usually employed by major celebrities, are primarily involved with the financial affairs of their clients, keeping track of royalties and residuals as well as contracted salaries. Business agents also handle tax statements, investments, career related payments and the like.
How Do Agents & Managers Select Artists They Will Represent? Caution: As we have established, talent sharks who demand advance fees do not need to promote talent and models (they usually don't) because they have made their profit "in front" (i.e. using an amateur photography they pay good money to for worthless portfolio pictures which the shark charges $500 to $2,000.00 to the "client" for.
Professional managers and agents work on a commission basis. They make no money unless their clients do. Therefore, for an agency or management company, such as Carlson International, to be profitable the actors, models and dancers we choose to represent must also earn good income from our efforts.
Agencies and management firms usually have a format for talent and/or models they represent. For example, The Ford Agency and Wilhelmina lean towards tall, willowy, euro-looking high fashion models. Other agencies specialize in parts modeling and babies, still others junior fashion and product illustration. Theatrical agencies may lean toward theater or film/TV/video, and have specific types or criteria they feel will best suit their mode of representation Music agents categorize by music types (e.g. hip-hop, grunge, pop rock, lounge, jazz, classical) almost like a radio station.
At Carlson International, while creative community service driven and not profit driven, we accent commerciality, because we are most familiar and experienced in those mass media areas. . It is very important to be versatile and flexible within the range of an image, but a promotional image must be defined and represented in head shots, compcards, portfolio and video demo "reels." While theatrical diversity (the ability to play many differing characters is essential for an actor, so is the importance of sendouts, promotions and p,r./press promotions.
The Interview All talent agents and managers have what has recently been catch-phrased as "generals;" interviews seeking talent to represent as opposed to speciic casting calls. Again, different reps have different criteria, but what is important in any case is good poise and posture when entering and being seated, good eye to eye contact with the interviewer, don't fumble, run fingers through hair or constantly flick hair with head bounces, good clear speech, self esteem without arrogance, never be argumentive, but if something sets you the wrong way, discuss it calmly. No nervous wriggling and answer questions honestly, the interviewer will easily detect bogus credits or stories. Never complain bad experiences to an agent or manager until she/he agrees to represent you and then help you with the problem if possible. On a general interview, a go-see in actors's lingo, dressing and grooming neatly within your type an image is more important than buying a Henri Bendell original for the session.
You will find more information, career help and directories of talent, modeling, casting an ad agencies on our Model/Talent Career Guide.
Wherever you may find the help and representation you seek, we, at Carlson International, extend our wishes to you for uppermost success in all your endeavors.
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