Michele Wallerstein discusses the world of script agents and how it’s not what your agent can do for you, but what you can do for your agent.
Getting an agent isn’t hard to do. That’s a surprise, isn’t it? Well, it’s true. I spent 25 years of my life as an agent in Hollywood and I know how the system works. During those years I signed new writers, older writers, men, women, tall, short, fat and thin. Their personalities were quite varied as were their personal lives. How they found me or I found them was also different with each case. However, they all had certain things in common that made me want them in my world. They all had commonalities that made me want to represent them and find them work, sell their scripts and handle them on a daily basis. I am happy to share the information right here.
First, you need to know that all agents want great clients. The definition of a great client is one who has a body of work, as opposed to one nice script. They know how to listen and are amenable to change. Great writers are constantly coming up with new ideas and executing them. Great writers appreciate an agent’s work for them and show it. You’d be amazed how a small Christmas or birthday gift can propel an agent to work harder for you. A great client calls their agent when they have a new idea, a new finished script, has met a producer who wants to see their work and/or is calling to tell you about a meeting they just had. The best clients call when they have something to share about their career. They don’t call just to say: “What’s happening?”
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