Launches New Service with Legendary Superagent, Jay Jacobs

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Veteran music industry legend Jay Jacobs teams up with the online networking resource to provide expert advice to entertainment industry professionals.

You auditioned everyone you know to join your band. You had to replace your grandmom on the tambourine because she couldn’t keep up with the riffs. You spent countless sleepless nights finding the perfect note for your first monster ballad. You dated your bassist but she broke it off because she thought you had eyes for your keyboardist. You booked your first gig, headlining at the 4-H Club Hog-Off. And, although it’s all relative, you didn’t stink.

So you think you’re ready for the big-time?

“There seems to be one constant that even the internet revolution can’t shake - you absolutely have to have an agent if you’re going to make a living as an artist.”

So says Brad Hinely, co-creator of, a website that places actors and artists in front of industry talent agents.

“Choosing the representative that’s going to help you grow and develop your career is the most important decision talent can make, and often the one that’s given the least amount of thought in the beginning, because you’re just happy someone’s interested. My first agent didn‘t have a car. That should have been some sort of sign but I‘ve never been very intuitive”

Next week breaks new ground and opens its doors to musicians and vocalists. This new feature uses networking tools to place its vocalists in front of agents and industry managers.

“It was a very natural transition because we noticed that the majority of our agencies had music departments. We wanted to give our members the opportunity to showcase their stuff to agents that were already looking anyway,” Brad continues. But that wasn’t enough. “We thought that if we were going to do it, let’s really do it right. Let’s find the best person in the music industry, and give them a forum to discuss the industry with the up and coming musicians. We actively sought Jay Jacobs. Actually, beg wouldn’t be too strong a word.”

And Jacobs liked what he saw. Brad explains, “To be honest, I didn’t think we had a shot with Jay, I mean, his bio reads like a jukebox in heaven. He broke some of the biggest stars who’ve ever worked. Ever. We said that if we couldn’t find someone that was great, we weren‘t going to do it at all. It wouldn‘t benefit our membership.” With over 35 years of industry experience working for the two most influential and powerful agencies in the entertainment field, William Morris and ICM, the word legend comes to mind. Jacobs represented The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Crosby Stills and Nash, Albert Brooks, Van Morrison… arguably the most distinguished list of artists of our time.

“We’re so excited and couldn’t be more thrilled. I sent the news about Jay Jacobs to the design team working on the Q&A section and they sent me a case of Two Buck Chuck. I’m a hero at the office. I’m having a cape designed as we speak.” Hinely says with an excited smile.

More importantly for members, though, will be the access to a resource of Jacob’s distinction. “We want every actor and every artist that has the dream to know where to come to get the inside information. We want to show everyone the best the entertainment industry has to offer.” Hinely continues.

If its history is any indicator of the success that lies in its future, will be the launching point for the thousands of musicians trying to get their foot in the door.

“That’s the ultimate goal,” says Hinely, “to keep our members working and networking. There‘s nothing more exciting than to hear success stories from our members. It reminds us of why we started.”


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