Secret Agent Man

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    Talking About Everything but the Craft in an Acting Class

    Secret Agent Man goes undercover in thrift-shop clothes and cheap hair product to observe actors in their natural habitat: acting class.

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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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    Secret Agent Man Hunts for Treasure

    A night at a workshop leads to plenty of résumés and headshots, but Secret Agent Man doesn't find any gems.

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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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    Finding the Right Teacher

    If you want an agent to sign you, you need to have experience, but how do you get experience if you don't have an agent?

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    'No' is a Negative Word Used to Express Refusal

    "No" is such a tiny little word. It has only one syllable and two letters. How strong could it be? Well, as we all know, it's one of the most common words heard in the entertainment industry, and it packs quite a wallop.

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    Size Matters

    I've been a Hollywood agent for more than 10 years. During that time, I've worked with the big boys and a few boutique agencies. I've learned that signing with the right kind of agency is crucial if you want to succeed as an actor.

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    Zero-Budget Movies: Are They a Ticket to Sundance or a Waste of Time?

    We live in a world where anyone with a digital camera and some decent software can create an actual movie. Filmmakers used to be the only artists who couldn't afford their own tools, but that's no longer true.

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    Becoming Pilot-Worthy

    It amazes me how actors with few credits and no representation think they have a chance of booking the holy grail of acting jobs during this frantic time of year.

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    My Equation for Success

    Agents want you to believe they can predict an actor's future, but the truth is, we're just making it up as we go. Over the years, I've signed several people who I thought would turn into major moneymakers. Some did. Some didn't.