Secret Agent Man

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    Stop!  Don't Be Your Worst Enemy

    Here are a few mental adjustments you can make right now that just might help you survive this soul-sucking industry.

  • Advice

    An Agent Pitches

    Everyone in the entertainment industry is in a constant state of pitching. Nothing happens in this business without pitching. It's the Hollywood dance that never ends.

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    Developing Talent Part 1: The Search for Fresh Faces

    The entertainment industry is always hungry for fresh faces. This goes double during pilot season. That's why agents sign and develop young talent. We're all hoping to strike oil.

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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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    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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    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.

  • Advice

    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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    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.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    '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.