When I first started my career, and for many years after, I thought that a manager and an agent were the same things. While they sometimes can be, there is a difference in the role between the 2 of them. It depends on what your career goals are as to whether you need a manager or an agent. It also depends on what or how much your manager takes on in their role.
I have an agent, I don't have a manager, although I do have a mentor, which is something entirely different again. I don't want a manager for my career because I like to dip my toe into too many other sections of the music industry so the focus of a manager would be wasted on me.
So what is the difference between a manager and an agent?
Manager: Primarily a manager is employed to do precisely that, manage your career, they often work with a team of people to ensure that you are fulfilling your commitments, that you are being offered every opportunity possible and that you are being paid for your time and...