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An Agent Tells All Paperback – February 1, 2005

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ISBN-13: 978-0976143307 ISBN-10: 0976143305

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"An Agent Tells All" is funny, personable, and written with a casual air that is quite inviting. -- Back Stage Magazine

A terrific book with information straight from the horse's mouth, and the horse even has a sense of humor. -- K Callan, Author of "How To Sell Yourself As An Actor"

While similar titles tend to stray from the harsher realities, Tony Martinez refreshingly tells it like it is. -- Library Journal

My first agent, Tony Martinez, wrote a terrific book on the subject of acting from an agent's perspective called An Agent Tells All . He always gave me the BEST advice. He was a great support to me over many years together. A big part of being a successful actor is navigating through the business end of things. Tony breaks it all down in a very simple and logical way. -- Jenna Fischer, star of "The Office"

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"I wrote this book for all the actors who are just starting out in their career. I also wrote it for every actor who has been struggling for years and just can't seem to catch a break. I didn't write this book for Tom Cruise. He seems to be doing just fine."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hit Team Publishing (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976143305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976143307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Remington on February 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Now, explain it to me like I'm a four-year-old"

Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), PHILADELPHIA

In a brave act of generosity, honesty and salty discourse, Professional talent agent Tony Martinez introduces the simple, cold hard facts of THE key point in becoming a working actor: finding and working with an agent. In his helpful, thoroughly accessible and entirely entertaining AN AGENT TELLS ALL, Mr. Martinez, assumes two truths about his perspective (and specific) audience.

1) Either they are complete and utter neophytes wearing rose-colored glasses entering a noble profession with visions of red carpet glory.


2) They are experienced actors who have had their souls and bums kicked by the reality that professional acting is ultimately nothing more than an industry and need to heal and adjust after a few years of making the same mistakes repeatedly.

Writing in a direct, unpretentious, jargon-free style that invokes visions of a long conversation over a lunch of cheap margaritas and oysters in the half shell, Martinez refreshingly holds nothing back as he sets out to define not only the agent's job, but the actor's job as well. Like Denzel's character in PHILADELPHIA, he works hard to explain everything to his readers, as though they were four years old. Ultimately the business all boils down to building relationships and being completely committed to constantly evolving as both an artist and as a person.

Cutting through all the empty "positive-think" self- help posings of so many other similar authors, Martinez rightfully portrays acting as a capitalist venture based upon the laws of supply and demand. If an actor has never thought of themselves as a product, it is time they did.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Bollow on February 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
In AN AGENT TELLS ALL, Tony Martinez has created a wonderful little book that takes you behind closed doors, and de-mystifies an aspect of the film industry that tends to be the source of considerable (and unnecessary) stress.

As I read this book, I kept wishing it was around twenty years ago, when I was in the early stages of my acting career. To think of the countless mistakes I made, and all the opportunities I missed out on, simply by not being privy to this information. In many ways, reading this book made me wish I was starting my career right now. I would be so far ahead of the game, it's almost an unfair advantage.

Over time, much of what's in this book will be learned through trial and error by most professional actors (although I'll admit that after 20 years, I still learned a thing or two). But the problem is that most actors won't have thick enough skin to stick with this business long enough for these lessons to sink in. For example, understanding how to handle yourself in a meeting with an agent is incredibly helpful advice. Just simply knowing how the agent thinks puts the actor in a tremendously empowered position. And thanks to Tony's friendly writing style, he humanizes the agent. It seems like a simple thing, but the effect is quite powerful.

I've dealt with hundreds of agents over the years, both as an actor and as a producer, and the bottom line is always the same: You're dealing with a professional -- understand their position and deal with them as a real human being, and you'll get along just fine. This book is the clearest I've ever found to help you understand their position.

Save yourself ten years of heartache, and get this book. As far as I'm concerned, any actor that doesn't read it doesn't deserve to be taken seriously.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Donna Grayson on March 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
An Agent Tells All is filled with alot of useful information for anyone desiring to get get ahead in the acting business. The author is an Agent, and gives tons of useful advice on what to do to get ahead in your acting career.

There is helpful advice on agents and managers, headhsots, auditions and lots more. I really found the chapter on TV Pilot Season very useful.

Also scattered through out the book, are a few true-to-life stories of situations that happened to this agent. I really laughed at some of the stories he told about actors who came to interview with him. These stories really got his point across about the Do's and Don'ts of the acting business.

All in all, a very useful and informative book for the Actor.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Weetus Cren on January 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This could be the most useful and concise of all the books I have on the acting business. I have just finished reading it the second time and must say that I still find it enjoyable and informative. It's an easy read with decent sized text and best of all... it doesn't take six months to plod through. If you are looking for a tome on everything acting, including places to walk your dog, look elsewhere. A lot of information without a lot of fluff, and from the pen (or word-processor) of someone who IS an agent as opposed to an ex-wanna-be actor who thought they might learn a little about the business by asking some questions of a few agents. It also gives you the perspective of the least understood job in this business. The last Chapter should be printed and hung on the wall of anyone aspiring to be a professional actor.

This should be the first acting business book you read. ...And next time you see your agent, give her/him a hug and tell them how much you appreciate them.
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