Sharon Chang is Vice-President and Talent Agent in the Non-Scripted Television department at the global entertainment, sports and fashion agency, WME (a division of ENDEAVOR). Chang joined WME in 2014 after the agency acquired the sports marketing and management company, IMG, and is based out of NYC. She is responsible for representing, managing and developing network, cable, regional and digital entertainment, news and sports host talent, anchors, correspondents, contributors and lifestyle personalities. Chang is also responsible for representing non-scripted talent and production companies in syndicated and network broadcast entertainment and cable series programming. Through the years, she has recruited, developed and managed top-tier talent in sports, news and entertainment. Prior to joining IMG, Chang spent 12-years at CBS Sports where she launched and built her career in broadcasting starting in 1984 after graduating from Vassar College. Her experience at CBS spanned across the areas of talent relations, production and programming. Chang is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:
- What are the entry-level positions to break into this industry
- What it means to be a talent manager for non-scripted television
- Which kinds of companies you work with as a manager for non-scripted television
- Why you have to have an entrepreneurial mindset to be a good talent agent
- What are some of the challenges of working in this industry
- Which shows to watch to get a taste of what it’s like to be an agent, but be warned: it’s not all glitz and glamour like it may seem on Ballers!
- How connecting with your university’s alumni network can help land you a job
- How to manage feeling unappreciated in your office