Secret Agent Man

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    Me and Back Stage

    I started thinking about writing my own column. It would be brutally honest, the real deal from a working agent. But how could I possibly sign my name to something like that? I didn't want to hurt my career.

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    'No' is a Negative Word Used to Express Refusal

    "No" is such a tiny little word. It has only one syllable and two letters. How strong could it be? Well, as we all know, it's one of the most common words heard in the entertainment industry, and it packs quite a wallop.

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    Stealing Clients 101

    So how exactly do I find these actors? If you want to know how I sign established actors, the answer's simple. I steal them.

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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.