EP85 – Nick Ranceford-Hadley – What’s it like to start your own talent agency?

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EP85 – Nick Ranceford-Hadley – What’s it like to start your own talent agency?


Total run time: 1 hour 28 mins 57 secs.

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About Nick Ranceford-Hadley…

NRH Management (@nickr_h) is the agency of Nick Ranceford-Hadley. Nick has been an agent for twenty five years, most of which at Noel Gay Artists, where he was Managing Director. He has represented many of the great names in the entertainment business from the creators of The Weakest Link to the late Sir David Frost.

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  • Why did you start the agency? [2 mins 25 secs]
    • Where do you see your agency within the industry? [5 mins 15 secs]
  • What do / don’t you do? [6 mins]
    • Why?
  • What does it do differently?
  • Do you work for the act or does the act work for you?
  • How do you decide who to sign up? [8 mins]
    • I want to move quickly off the extras agency books and onto the roster of a boutique agency so I can start getting bigger roles. What would you say are the key things I need to do to make that transition?
  • What don’t you do / do you do?
  • Where do you scout for new talent? [10 mins]
  • Talk of fee rates. [14 mins]
  • How does the process of signing an act go? [16 mins]
  • Honestly, do competition credits / awards mean anything when you’re signing someone up and beyond.
  • how important is an act’s age when it comes to signing acts? [11 mins]
  • Do you think comedians need agents? [34 mins]

Edinburgh Fringe…

  • Why does he go to Edinburgh? [28 mins]

Digital Rights…

  • How is the influx of pirated stand up impacting your acts / the industry? [31 mins]
  • Thoughts on putting your work for free [38 mins]
  • How long would you push a script / idea before thinking it needs to be left alone? [42 mins]

Everything else…

  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [48 mins]
  • A lot of comedians call themselves comedians but they make more money from voiceover work or writing that live performing, so they’d self identify as a comedian but their income would define them another way, how close is your self identity to your actual income identity? [49 mins]
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [50 mins]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [50 mins 20 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [51 mins]






Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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