Drew Newlin

Talent Manager

“It’s important to follow your intuition and trust the process along the way. Though it may be confusing, uncertain, or hard work at the start, if you trust your gut and put in the work it takes to get there, I’m confident you’ll end up in a better spot than where you initially started.”

Location

Omaha, NE

Average Work Week

30 - 40 hours per week

Drew Newlin is a talent and business manager. He currently maintains business for Mike Smith Live, The Harbor by Jostens, and Find Your Grind.

After graduating high school in 2007, Newlin received a full ride to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science. An avid skateboarder of nearly 20 years, Newlin befriended Mike Smith at his non-profit indoor skatepark, The Bay, in 2011. Newlin’s professional career is a testament to the power and importance of authentic networking.

My Advice

Falling into the role of any sort of Manager can seemingly happen out of the blue, so my most important pieces of advice for this career path is to trust your gut and trust the process.

 

Whether one of your closest friends and mentors asks you to become his Talent Manager to help break into public speaking; your friend’s band wants you to come on as a Tour Manager; a skateboarding company you love is looking for a Team Manager; or you get hired on as an Operations Manager at a startup tech company; it’s important to follow your intuition and trust the process along the way. Though it may be confusing, uncertain, or hard work at the start, if you trust your gut and put in the work it takes to get there, I’m confident you’ll end up in a better spot than where you initially started.

 

I think being a Manager of any kind takes multiple soft skills, including, but not limited to: organization, prioritization, communication, work ethic, patience, foresight, and trust. While I’d advise you to practice each of these skills, I think it’s also important to recognize that being a Manager typically does not require that you need to be 100% on-point all the time or on-call 24/7/365. Granted there are Managers out there who do have to work in this way, I think it’s key to understand that any Manager is just as human as anyone else — and they should seek out just as much of a work-life balance as any other person would.

That said, make sure you always carve out time for yourself regardless of your profession — for your personal life, your family and friends, your hobbies, and your passions. And though it may sound cliché, I wholeheartedly think that if you believe in, trust, and enjoy the work that you do, it’ll feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life.

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