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  • How to Make an Agent Need You

    Dear John. Yes, your name is John. And you’re an actor.
    Let me be more specific. You’re white. You’re in your 20s. And your last name has three syllables. I know this because I saw your name printed on the headshot you were holding. I also noticed a copy of this magazine inside your bag. That’s how I know you’re reading this column.
    You see, I was sitting next to you at Starbucks last week. I’m talking about the one in Studio City. You might remember me, John. I was the only one there wearing a suit. And here’s what I heard you say to your friend: “I’m going to kill this agent meeting. That guy needs me. I checked out his list and he doesn’t have anyone like me.”
    Does that ring a bell, John? You seemed pretty sure of yourself, but that meeting didn’t go well, did it? I know this because I called the agent, a guy I happen to know, and I asked him. How strange. I guess he didn’t need you after all.
    But don’t worry, John. You’re not the only actor out there who doesn’t understand the nature of need. I hear it all the time during meetings. Actors will go out of their way to explain how much I need them. This always makes me smile. You

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