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Posted by Darnell on February 21, 2001 at 15:30:17:

In Reply to: HOLLYWOOD AGENTS LIE posted by Alex on February 21, 2001 at 12:00:06:

Saying agents lie is so cliché. They don't lie.... they negotiate, they persuade and when they want you to sign with them they'll woo you as well. Here's an example of how they do it: TV star is happy with X agency. Then he decides that he wants to do movies. X agency manages to land him in a film. What do you know, the film does better than expected and TV star is now a "hot" commodity in Hollywood. Y agency, which is a larger agency and highly powerful meets TV star at an industry function, chats him up and invites him to dinner the next week. Over dinner Y agent says he could have gotten TV star more money for the film and mentions a few films Y agency is currently packaging. TV star sure would like to make more money and is interested in the films Y is packaging. A few more dinners with Y agent, Laker tickets and doting phone calls and X agency just lost their hot commodity to Y agency. This is also an example of why agents are often referred to as the "sharks" of the business.

: I was really realy excited when I got an agent to start sending out my headshots and resume. I got me some work really fast and said that I was, "The next big thing." Well, he the very next client he got captured a HUGE ASS co-starring role in a big picture an guess what??? This agent dumped my ass because he was suddenly "too busy." It sucks. You're hot one second and the next second you might as well just kill yourself.

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