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Episode 8 – Getting an Agent

What are the advantages of having an agent, and why don’t Alrik and Timothy currently have representation?

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Timothy talks about a dilemma he’s in with a feature film project and deciding whether or not to pursue it. Alrik offers advice on how he can overcome the obstacles.

Timothy talks about his fear of a project ruining his career.

They talk about the wrong way many amateurs present themselves.

Alrik talks about a new project he’s working on. They talk about directing a script they didn’t write and the process of collaborating with a writer.

The Week’s Topic of Discussion: Agents

What do agents do? Why do you need one?

Timothy and Alrik share stories about their experience with agents and talk about second hand accounts they’ve heard

How do you find an agent?

How should you work with an agent?

When should you get an agent?

Once you get an agent, how do you take advantage of it?

Timothy recommends Sidney Lumet’s book “Making Movies”

Alrik recommends the indie film “Spring”

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  • Kellerman

    So I personally have gotten a couple agents with query letters but they have sucked. SUCKED. I read recently that the query letter is dead. The whole “an agent will find you when you’re ready” thing I believe to actually be true. Except it’s not exactly when YOU’RE ready, cuz, you’re probably “ready” right now haha. But when you release a film that is exceptional or gets a lot of attention or when you sign on to a bigger project – that’s when agents will come. And if they don’t call you, you can call them to say “hey, I’m about to sign a contract to write/direct/whatever this film for Warner Bros and I need someone to help me negotiate terms, etc.” They will say yes. On a side note – writers are usually better off with a manager than an agent. At least at first. I’ve been making short films for 3 years now but I’m still a novice in the eyes of an agent or manager because I don’t have connections to financiers, casting directors, or big names in the industry. I came to terms with a hard truth this year… First-time writers are POISON. To everyone. you MUST make something yourself that gets acclaim or get a film produced through a friend or something they can watch on Hulu or Netflix before you are taken seriously these days. Or at least that’s how it feels.