Secret Agent Man

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    Zero-Budget Movies: Are They a Ticket to Sundance or a Waste of Time?

    We live in a world where anyone with a digital camera and some decent software can create an actual movie. Filmmakers used to be the only artists who couldn't afford their own tools, but that's no longer true.

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    My Rebuttal

    I realized there's a major disconnect between how actors see an agent's behavior and the reality behind our actions.

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    Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

    Signing with an agent is a leap of faith. You hope for the best, but there's no way of knowing if the relationship is going to work until you're actually in it.

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    Agents, Actors, and Auditions

    For an actor, change begins with an audition. It's the first step that might carry you off in many different directions. The same is true for agents.

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    What I Would do if I Were an Actor

    My first move would be to make sure I'm ready to compete on a professional level. That means studying everything from scene study to audition technique to improv.

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    There's More to Billing Than Meets the Eye

    You want credit for your work. It's called billing, and next to money it's the most important deal point that agents negotiate on behalf of their clients.

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    Your Special Skills

    When it comes to submissions, every actor has the same question: Besides having a great headshot, how can I make my package stand out? Well, there are many ways to do this.

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    Casting Directors May be the Gatekeepers, But Agents are the Key Masters

    The entertainment industry is like a private party guarded by the finest security team in the business. If you're not invited, then you ain't getting in. That's why you need an agent.

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    An Agent Pitches

    Everyone in the entertainment industry is in a constant state of pitching. Nothing happens in this business without pitching. It's the Hollywood dance that never ends.

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    The Centennial Column

    Many of you would like to find out my true identity. You wonder how you can trust what I say when you don't know who I am. "Who" is but the form following the function of "what," and what I am is a man in a mask.