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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Back Stage Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823087956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823087952
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Emory, a prominent
New York talent agent for more than fourteen years, writes the column
“Ask an Agent” in Back Stage magazine. She is the founder of Emory Seminars,
a workshop for actors that she
presents across America. She lives
in New York City.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're an aspiring actor who's looking for an agent, don't go on the hunt until you've absorbed the tips in ASK AN AGENT; EVERYTHING ACTORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGENTS. It's tough love in a book: a candid discussion of the world of agents, what they can do, what they can't do, and the pitfalls and successes of dealing with one. Chapters discuss how agents 'sell' actors under their charge, what doors are open to them which are closed to the individual actor - and what happens when things go wrong in the relationship. A 'must' for any aspiring actor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgiana Avram on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you have about 1,000 questions about the business of acting, then get ready to have 999 of them answered in this book. It's so well-written that it is easy to read, humorous and very informative. You get to find out how agents can get you jobs, what it takes for you to work with an agent, what agents need from you and what you need from agents. Oh, and so much more.

An understanding of the acting business is crucial if you want to be a success. How can you play a game and expect to win if you don't know the rules? This book tells you the rules and it is up to you, the actor to play the game and win!

This is a good book for someone who wants to get into the business and become an agent as well.

Margaret doesn't miss the opportunity to be optimistic and fun, two traits very much needed if you want to be alive and well in this business. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Handegard on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I would suggest reading this book from cover to cover. Questons you've always had will be answered and some you didn't know you had, or should have, will too. Tabbing sections of interest for future reference would be a good idea as well.

Step into an agent's office on realistic footing, then deal with your agents through the years professionally and as a team member working toward the same goals.

Margaret Emory has done both actors and agents a service with this book.
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