Secret Agent Man

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    Making the Most of Your Headshot

    Secret Agent Man breaks down how to hire the best photographer for your headshot.

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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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    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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    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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    The Pilot Season Breakdown

    Secret Agent Man gives Backstage readers the lowdown on pilot season and some info about how this year’s season panned out.

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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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    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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    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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    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.