I will admit I am reality TV show junkie. As I type this, I’m watching an episode of MTV’s “True Life” while anxiously awaiting the season finale of Bravo’s “Kell on Earth.” Due to my obsession with – er, interest in – this influential genre, I keep up with the happenings of its stars (purely for research purposes, of course).
After making a tiny ripple in the reality TV pond with her appearance on MTV’s “Laguna Beach,” Heidi Montag moved on to “The Hills.” And while The Montag’s fame has waxed and waned, she has found inventive ways to keep her irrelevance surprisingly relevant.
There have been many media manifestations of Montag and her husband, Spencer Pratt (jointly known as Speidi) at key moments. There were the June 2009 reports of “torture” while on the set of NBC’s “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!,” followed by Heidi’s plethora of plastic surgeries last November.
Once again, Montag is in the news with reports that she has fired two managers in less than a week. According to a People.com article, “Heidi Montag Fires New Psychic Manager,” Montag sacked her boyfriend-cum-manager-cum-husband and replaced him with Aiden Chase, her psychic. A week later, she fired Chase from his lofty position as psychic manager.
Yes, I just said psychic manager.
“After the incredible experiences I have had healing my life and truly connecting to my dreams with healer and intuitive Aiden Chase, I have officially asked him to become my manager,” Montag said in a recent interview with People. “Having an intuitive psychic leading my team gives me an edge no one else has.”
Chase, whose website boasts his expertise in “clairvoyance (vision), clairaudience (hearing), and clairsentience (feeling),” had worked with Montag for about a month after she underwent ten plastic surgeries in one day. (But really, how good could he be if he got the boot after only a week?)
If you’re like me, you immediately see the sheer brilliance in the seemingly absurd idea of keeping a psychic on call. Think about it: What better person to steer your career? Your psychic manager can direct you to plum roles in blockbuster-to-be movies; instruct you during contract negotiations; preempt those ill-timed paparazzi shots; and make you a smoothie before you know you want one.
Having never visited a psychic (or required a psychic manager), I was more than a little skeptical about the validity of this particular vocation. So I called a psychic. (You probably knew I was going to say that.)
Clairvoyant Eve McGann of Belleview, Fl., balked at the concept of psychic managers. “It only means the psychic will be on call 24 hours a day,” McGann said. According to McGann, a practicing psychic for more than 45 years, most people come to her with romance as their main concern, followed by money, career, children, and home issues.
Media professional and creative consultant Kristen Carter of JazziDreamer Entertainment, LLC is also anti-psychic-manager. However, she can see the correlation between PMs and a talent manager, who’s responsible for keeping a client’s schedule; fostering relationships; handling promotion and publicity; developing the client’s overall image; and actualizing their goals.
“A normal manager can see outside the artistic bubble; they can see the industry landscape a bit more to see what new avenues an artist should or shouldn’t pursue,” Carter says. “Managing, like anything, is about following your instincts and analyzing situations before jumping into the one that seems the best or most exciting.”
Now, Montag plans to represent herself as a marketable brand. Her first act as manager-in-chief? Skipping the season finale photo shoot for “The Hills”. (Wait, that actually sounds like a good decision.)
To find out where Montag’s career is likely headed now that she’s her own boss, I turn back to Kristen Carter, an actual talent manager. “The advantage is you’re in control of your own decisions at all times. You create the pace of your career,” Carter says. “The disadvantage is not having a representative or second direct opinion. A lot of organizations pay more attention when there’s a manager involved, because it shows you took the time to build a team.”
If you’re now convinced that you need a psychic manager, fine. But I would avoid Aiden Chase, Montag’s former PM. Why? He claims he never saw it coming.