Versa Manos is a Los Angeles-based talent manager and owner of Gorgeous Media Group. She brings over 35 years of entertainment and media experience to a roster of clients, which include actors, writers, directors and musicians. She is heavily invested in the industry, serving as a member of Film Independent, as an Executive Member of Women in Film, and is a former President of the Talent Managers Association.
Her talent roster boasts a wonderful blend of established celebrities and developmental talent. She represents the interests of supermodel-turned-actress-turned-television-host Rachel Hunter and celebrated British actor and crooner Richard Shelton. Casting directors and producers have come to trust Versa’s fair-minded approach and commitment to her clients. Her clients have appeared in guest starring and co-starring roles on hit television series as The Walking Dead, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Jane the Virgin, and House of Lies, among others. Versa’s artists are especially driven and passionate about their work. The writers and filmmakers on her roster have won numerous awards and accolades for their work, and have screened at international film festivals. With her support, these artists are developing new work and creating original content.
Gorgeous Media Group, which was formed in 2013, is an organic extention of Versa’s successful media relations firm, Gorgeous PR, which she founded in 2001. Throughout her career, Versa has been a leading media specialist in the global marketplace, as internationally recognized as the clients she represents. She was voted "Most In Person" by Time Out London, and was the subject of a three-hour profile on MTV Europe. Versa has also been awarded the coveted "Best Independent" and "Best Publicist" awards by the British Music Industry. Her political work even earned her the key to West Hollywood.
Versa’s career has spanned three continents. She has been involved in all facets of the entertainment industry, representing a variety of artists: musicians, actors, filmmakers, visual artists, and writers. Her work has ranged from talent management to corporate imaging, developing and launching new talent, and maintaining superstar status for established clients. Additionally, she has held positions in a variety of entertainment outlets: radio stations, television networks, and film studios, which gives her a unique insider’s perspective.
Known for her tenacious spirit, sparkling wit, and a genuine concern for her clients, Versa has been responsible for guiding and maintaining the successful careers of international superstars including The Police, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Sex Pistols, David Bowie, and Nine Inch Nails. She played a pivotal role in the success of The Three Tenors at Dodger Stadium, Woodstock '94, and the Sex Pistols’ notorious Filthy Lucre Tour. She was also singularly responsible for the career breakthroughs of world music artist Manu Chao, described by Rolling Stone as one of the “ten great pleasures of the year that didn’t get away,” and Sam Sparro, turning the previously underground singer into a world-renowned pop sensation.
Versa has also represented the interests of indie films such as Mimi’s First Time, Chinese Dream (which was shortlisted for an Academy Award),Slingshot, Really Bend It Like Beckham and the Academy Award nominated film, Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez. Her efforts sent the indie documentary Confessions of an Eco Terrorist to Cannes, where they held guerrilla screenings aboard a Sea Shepard vessel, and helped to launch a renewed interest in New Orlean’s post-Katrina burlesque revival with the documentary Lost Souls.
Her care and integrity have allowed Versa to cultivate long-term relationships with such legendary artists as David J, founding member of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, alt-country innovator Charlie Terrell, Everclear, The Wailers, as well as the Gram Parson’s Estate, The Tupac Shakur Estate and his late mother Ms. Afeni Shakur’s company Amaru Entertainment.
Versa has built a long and successful career caring for artists: musicians, actors, artists; first as a publicist, and now as a talent manager. She has had to evolve with the ever-shifting landscape of the entertainment industry to continue to develop, guide, and maintain the careers of her clients. Her investment and involvement within the entertainment community comes solely from a desire to help shape and mold the industry for the future.