Like the majority of actors in New York City, I do not have an agent, but I freelance with a couple of them, which, in the overall, has been a good arrangement for me.
I contacted a manager more than a year ago, and we agreed on a freelance arrangement. At that time, I did not know the exact fees involved. Now, when I say “freelance” with a manager, I mean that she is doing what an agent does: She calls me and sends me out for auditions. There have not been any traditional management duties whatsoever in our relationship. In other words, she does not do more than an agent. Don’t get me wrong: I am fine with it, and I think that agents do an exhausting and good job.