Secret Agent Man

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    Indie Acting Lessons

    All actors want to be challenged, and movie stars are no different. They love playing roles outside their comfort zones. And when they do, there's a lot you can learn from those performances.

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    Quotes on Trial

    If you want to succeed in this business, you should listen to those who have come before you. I'm talking about successful actors who are now in a position to offer valuable advice.

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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. I knew a guy back East who was just like that. He always dressed like a slob, and he'd get his hair cut at a pet shop.

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    A Fresh Start

    Now that 2010 has finally arrived, I'm sure you're eager to make some positive changes in your life, the kind of changes that will help move your acting career forward.

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    Crazy is Just a State of Mind

    Note to readers: Secret Agent Man is not available this week. He is on a medical retreat in Northern California. We received the following information from his psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Newbauer.

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    No More Bad Pictures!

    his letter is for all the unskilled pretenders who make a living by picking the pockets of actors who have no money. I'm talking about all the untrained morons who picked up a cheap digital camera on some website.

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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.

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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.

  • Advice

    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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    L.A. B.S.

    So why does everyone lie here? Is it something in the water? Could the Santa Ana winds be at fault? No. It's a survival mechanism.