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    5 Pieces of Damn Good Advice

    After one of our readers challenged Secret Agent Man to go deeper in this week’s column, here’s what he came up with: five survival tips for anyone looking to get and stay in this business.

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    3 Wishes Your Agent Probably Has

    It’s not all rainbows and puppies for an actor’s agent—especially after pilot season in Hollywood. In the lull, Secret Agent Man offers up the things he still wishes he had after a decade in the business.

  • Advice

    How Not to Answer an Agent’s Questions

    The actor-agent relationship should be a fairly straightforward one, but actors can sometimes overcomplicate it. Secret Agent Man details how.

  • Advice

    Why Some Audition Feedback Isn’t Helpful

    Secret Agent Man earned early in his career that not all feedback is necessary feedback. Here he chats to Backstage readers about the type that serves his clients well.

  • Advice

    The 5 Things You Need to Find Success

    If you’re a talented actor, all you need to achieve your goal of quitting your survival job to pursue acting full-time are these five components, says Secret Agent Man.

  • Advice

    What You Should Know About the Actor-Agent Q&A

    Actors are bound to have questions for their representation. Secret Agent Man highlights which questions are and are not appropriate and why.

  • Advice

    The Nature of the ‘Big Break’

    Every actor wants one. But the idea of the “break” is arbitrary. Secret Agent Man explains why.

  • Advice

    The Agent and the Actor: A Statistical Analysis

    There are very few things that can’t be made clearer when broken down by the numbers; an agent’s relationship to actors is no different. Secret Agent Man gives Backstage an inside look at what adds up and what doesn’t.

  • Advice

    3 Ways to Deal When Work Is Slow

    An acting career is full of inevitable ebbs and flows, and learning how to power through them will leave you all the more prepared for the next step in improving your craft. Secret Agent Man lists three ways you can keep your art thriving in the “dead zones.”

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    How to Improve Your Outlook With 1 Word

    Secret Agent Man understands the amount of rejection actors face on a regular basis and has figured out a good way to deal with it. Read more in this week’s column!