Really, wow, I just was going to send them a hardcopy submission. They seemed very picky and its not good if she left on bad terms.
This sums up what I know about her office from a friend who is rep'd by her. I was going to ask my friend to pass my headshot and resume onto her, as I'm looking for representation now, but after reading this thread I think I'll pass. I asked a couple of casting directors about her as well and they said that she is aggressive on submissions, but she also indiscriminately submits on anything - students films, small theatre gigs, internet spots that pay $100, etc. She doesn't have anyone of name and doesn't really have much of a name - she just is trying to toss mass submissions out there to see what sticks. Like actress333 said, she probably was with it at one time, but now she seems a little batty and she works out of her small one bedroom apartment in the valley trying to land a client that will start bringing her more of a reputation and money.
It's sort of sad really...
how do you have negative 2 posts? I find this whole thread fascinating
Debra has clients that list her as their manager and Stone Manners as agent. That's either awkward or the whole "split" thing is overblown. Or IMDB is inaccurate which has happened once or twice.
That's funny that Dominic asked for her info like a douche that didn't know her and then defends her likes he's known her all his life on page 2. 5 star thread.
@ChesterM - I think it's because her brother is Scott Manners, that's why they share a couple clients. I think that one or two may have "graduated" from her and moved to Stone Manners, at least that's what I'm assuming.
Based on the little I know, it would be odd if someone who was already with Stone Manners joined with Debra - they'd already have all the submission power they'd need.
But hey, maybe we should ask Dominic, since he seems to know her pretty well. haha.
OK, so one last post and I'm moving off this thread. As I mentioned before I decided not to have my friend refer me to Debra Manners after reading what was here. I also forwarded the link to this thread so my friend would see what people were saying.
My friend emailed me back with his take on the whole thread, and was particularly struck by the following post:
here's an excerpt from my friend's e-mail reply:
"btw - I think that the post in ALL CAPS on the first page is probably from Debra herself. She writes in all caps for EVERY e-mail, it's a strange quirk she has. Don't know if it's her for sure, but as soon as I saw ALL CAPS it was a familiar feeling. Not to mention that post also has some of her strange phrasing."
Just thought that would be fun to share with the thread. Again, all of this info coupled with my friend's personal insight leads me to believe that Debra Manners is not the right agent for me, and that she is probably, sadly, slightly deranged.
Happy Sunday everyone! Enjoy "Breaking Bad" tonight!
It has been several years since the very ugly break between Debbie-Doo and her brother Scott at Stone Manners... things are probably not as tense now. I don't think Scott would let her near the agancy again, but helping her out with some of her better clients... I could see that hapening.
Who knows, maybe she's not a raging alcoholic anymore.
Just an Fyi..
Debra is related to Scott Manners and she didn't leave Stone Manners on bad terms. She wasn't an agent there either, she was an office person and was in her early 20s when she worked there. For those that knew her then, who didn't party a little in their 20s?
Debra was at Daniel Hoff for a number of years, she left on good terms, I have seen the letter that was written to her from the head of the agency.. nothing bad there in fact, very supportive of her starting her own firm.
Today, Debra has a good number of clients and she has several A listers on her client list. Spencer Daniels isn't the only A lister. Debra requires that her clients are team players. They join the casting sites, they follow through going to confirmed auditions, they get their pictures done and keep their skills up. When they book and they get paid, they pay her as contract states. She doesn't keep people who are not team players, she doesn't condone clients that are union going for nonunion roles. Debra has her clients backs when they need her to be too and she can be reached 24/7.
I have known Debra personally for several years, and professionally for almost 4. She works and lives in Valley Village/Studio City. For the last 5 yrs, she has been raising her sister's kids- who has her own issues and that's another story. Debra also takes care of her father, comedian and actor Mickey Manners from the 60s 70s and 80s. She goes to church, she goes to her clients events, she remembers every birthday. She is a good person and an excellent manager.
Personally it drives me a little nuts when clients come in wanting to go for feature films only and have a few credits on their resume of regional work or student films or shorts and think they are have the experience and the training and are ready for leads in features and are not really ready.
I have never met a manager that works as hard as she does for her clients.
Yes I have seen her unhappy with her clients but nothing over the top, she doesn't have a fuse that snaps. If you follow her guidelines, keep her in the loop of things, work as a team, you will get somewhere.
I guess this response is only a year late. But Mary Tyler Moore is pretty old, and possibly senile, so I'm gonna let it go.
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