Secret Agent Man

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Like most actors, Amy had struggled for years to find a good agent, and now that she had one, everything seemed to be going wrong. I explained that she had to keep the faith.

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    A Halloween Tale

    They belong to agents and managers and casting directors. These people used to be my friends. Now they're holding torches, chanting my name like it's a dirty word.

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    Three of a Kind

    When I speak on a panel, actors always ask me the same question: Where do you find your clients? I smile because I know what they're really asking: What did someone else do right, so I can do it too?

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    Pop Quiz

    I want you to put yourself in this girl's position. You don't have an agent and you desperately want one. This man has offered to sign you. But the guy makes your skin crawl. So what would you do?

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    What's on My Desk?

    Secret Agent Man reveals eight essential items on his desktop that are integral to his day-to-day operation or that play an important role in his identity.

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    Let's Get Real About Reality

    Would you like to know my definition of a loser? It's someone who blames others for his or her own shortcomings.

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    Let's Put on a Show

    "What are the chances of me getting some agents to show up?" I responded, "Slim to none, and slim just left town."

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    When the Situation Gets Sticky…

    Remember, James Bond is licensed to kill. When you have representation, you're licensed to say, "Call my agent."

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    Hit the Road, Jack

    Sometimes I wonder if actors are born with a genetic mutation that forces them to get in their own way. It's the only possible explanation for all the self-destructive behavior.

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    Adios, Amigo

    Every agency I know evaluates its list at least twice a year to see who can stay and who should go. These aren't fun meetings, but they're absolutely necessary.