Secret Agent Man

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    Pool Hall Lessons

    Inspired by Paul Newman in "The Hustler," Secret Agent Man's fondness for pool turns out to have benefits for actors.

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    Booking Ratios

    Our lives are ruled by numbers. New television shows live and die based on ratings. And actors are often judged by their booking ratio.

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    Secret Agent Man Prepares for Hiatus Season

    May and June are the best months for unrepresented actors to send agents submissions, Secret Agent Man says.

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    Lies From a Workshop

    When I attend a workshop, the routine is usually the same. The evening starts with a group of agents answering questions, and then we watch a series of scenes and monologues.

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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    There is one part of their true being that actors never, ever reveal. They guard this truth with all their might. Not even Jack Bauer could get them to confess it. Yes, I'm talking about an actor's age.

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    The Art of the Pitch

    No, I'm not talking about baseball. Knowing how to pitch is especially important when you're trying to introduce new actors to the casting community.

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    Developing Talent Part 3: From Start to Finish

    I'd like to take you through the entire process of getting someone started on the road to becoming a professional actor.

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    Talking About Everything but the Craft in an Acting Class

    Secret Agent Man goes undercover in thrift-shop clothes and cheap hair product to observe actors in their natural habitat: acting class.

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    Secret Agent Man Hunts for Treasure

    A night at a workshop leads to plenty of résumés and headshots, but Secret Agent Man doesn't find any gems.

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    Workshops: To Pay or Not to Pay

    I think we can all agree that becoming a working actor is a very difficult goal. So if you want to get anywhere, you have to embrace every option out there. One of those options is signing up for workshops.