Secret Agent Man

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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.

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    Get Your Headshot Straight

    Secret Agent Man doesn't have patience for those who let headshot photographers walk all over them.

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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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    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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    Size Matters: The Agency Game, Part 2

    Last week we looked at the four blockbuster agencies that control this business and what they can (and can't) do for you. Now it's time to take the Hollywood elevator down a floor.

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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 Open Letter to Workshop Companies

    I'm sure you're busy searching for the stars of tomorrow, but if you have a moment, I'd like to point out a few shortcomings in the way you run your businesses.

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    Developing Talent Part 2: The Adventure Begins

    Now I'd like to take you through the entire process, using one of my actual clients. For the sake of discretion, we'll call her Holly.

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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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    Bring On the Gifts

    It doesn't matter whether you're an established actor or you're just starting out. Showing gratitude is an important part of this business.