Secret Agent Man

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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.

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    Getting Dropped Part 2: The Five Phases of Grief

    There's a right way and a wrong way to drop an actor. The worst thing an agent can do is send an email. Taking human interaction out of the equation makes getting dropped a hundred times worse.

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    The Arrival of Drop Season, Part 1

    This is the time of year when agents take a close look at their client lists and decide who can stay and who can go. Agents know that every actor is different, so we base our expectations on the individual.

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    Specifics on Generals

    I wonder how many of you are familiar with generals. They're not for everyone, but in the right situation a good general can make a big difference in your career.

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    The Great Pitching Contest, Part Deux

    I've been going over the rejects from last week's contest, and a lot of you don't know how to express yourselves. This shocks me, because language is one of your most important tools.

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    Pitch Contest Results Revealed!

    My theory was that most actors don't know how to pitch themselves to agents. So I challenged you to prove me wrong. The results were fascinating.

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    Splish Splash

    The first thing you need to know about soap operas is that no one in the industry calls them soap operas. We call them soaps. And they're a great way to kick-start your career.

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    A Sense of Entitlement

    When graduation day arrived, I had a sense of entitlement that cannot be measured; I was ready to take Hollywood by storm. It took me less than six months to realize I knew nothing.

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    If I Ruled the World

    Actors be warned! I've finally pulled it off. On the first of April, a statute goes into effect that bans one-person shows from being performed in the city of Los Angeles.

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    Random Thoughts

    If an actor gives a bad performance onstage and there's no one in the audience to see it, did the actor really bomb?