What We Think, We Become
CiekaBailey Associates is an independent talent management agency, representing a highly skilled diverse range of actors working in all areas of the profession.
CBA was established in 2013 by the highly respected talent agent Rachel Bailey, and former actor, Carl Cieka. It is the merger of two passionate, driven and talented individuals, whose aim is to offer the very best personal management for new and established talent.
CBA is one of the leading boutique agencies in the UK with connections in Europe and the US.
We are dedicated to nurturing and developing our clients’ careers. The relationship between actor and agent is crucial. It is a unique partnership requiring effective communication, honesty and openness. It can be a very cruel & demanding business and it’s vital an actor feels they can pick up the phone and talk with their agent. We actively encourage and welcome our clients to maintain contact on a regular basis and check in with us.
Rachel Bailey – Agent
Rachel studied drama at GCSE and A Level then despite small roles in ‘Neighbours’ and ITV’s ‘Families’, she realised (probably for the greater good of the general public) that her talents lay behind rather than infront of the camera and moved into production, working at the BBC and for Reel Time Productions.
Upon graduating in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths University, London she started working as a junior agent with a London Agency and it was there she discovered her real passion within the industry, working as a talent agent. She has spent the last 25 years nurturing and supporting the careers (and personal lives) of a diverse range of clients from new up-and-coming talent to household names both in London and Manchester, many of whom are still with her today.
When not in the office or at the theatre, Rachel can be found watching her beloved Arsenal play, on long walks in the countryside, practicing meditation or at home with her wife, 2 kids, 2 chihuahuas and Disco, the cat.
Carl Cieka – Agent
Carl studied Sociology at North London Poly before the lure of the music industry got too much and the desire to be Paul Weller became a bigger pull than Adam Smith’s ‘Wealth of Nations’. Once the Boo Radleys took his drummer brother away, the rhythm section they’d started was no more. And so it was off to Cardiff and The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Fast forward 20 years via a wealth of TV credits, plays, numerous adverts, teaching, two children, studying acupuncture, and the discovery of an old mobile phone containing Rachel Bailey’s number, and the seeds of CBA were sown.
Carl has worked in all aspects of the industry and has a keen interest in new writing. He has directed several new plays for National Theatre Connections at The Lowry, HOME & Sheffield Crucible. He is a director at Fire & Steel Theatre where he works with young actors at the start of their careers and regularly sits on audition panels for drama schools.
When not in the office speaking with clients & casting, or in various coffee shops chatting with clients & casting, Carl can be found outside, usually on his mountain bike, running or walking. Or in a coffee shop.