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What’s your advice on how to combine your personal life and career in Hollywood? – Elena Talan

My advice is don’t. There has to be some separation if one is going to have any life outside of the entertainment industry and be sane. Of course, out of all of the producers, casting directors, agents, and managers I know, I don’t really know any one that does that (laughs). That’s why we have hiatus twice a year, it forces us all to take a break. If hiatus didn’t exist, I think most of us would just keep on working. A person should pick at least one day a week, such as Sunday, during which they don’t do any business. Its necessary to have some down time and a personal life outside of this industry which can be so obsessive and all consuming.

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Thank you Bruce, for this blog and unflinchingly sharing such knowledge and information with us.

Keep well….

Sincerely,

Dani

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thanks Dani. Glad you like the website of our online magazine. Keep rockin’ in Malaysia!

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Dear Moira,

…Tao and I were sharing your story that I explained to him in Chinese. Now I am in Portland Oregon, but I remain in contact with the artist, Tao.

Tao and I appreciated how you so carefully observed his work and expressed well into your writing. His work is so intense and so colorful..it’s Tao’s wish to remind people the beauty in his water, so he works harder from one to the next…Please feel free to check on his web site of www.taodongdongart.com. His new work will keep posting to this web site.

Glad to stay in touch with you again. Let me know if you have any further questions for Tao.

Fei Chen

Fei, Thank you for recognizing the work that I do in writing about art, and for your continued graciousness. Tao is a talented and fascinating artist. You were so kind to introduce me to his work. Best wishes to you both for continued success and happiness.

Moira Cue, Art Editor, The Hollywood Sentinel

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Ester

And Michael loves you too Ester, wherever he’s at now. Thanks for reading.

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I don’t usually search the internet for articles, someone gave me a link of an article you wrote. You are a great writer. Is there a place to buy and / or is the publication available via a hard copy?

Beube

Thank you Beube. May you now become addicted to us (laughs). That is greatly appreciated. Actually The Hollywood Sentinel will exist in a hard copy magazine form at a later date, but for now, we are too busy perfecting its digital form, so that will have to wait about a year or so. Thanks for reading.

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Great publication! I found the link on my friend Michael Levine’s breaking news today. How to succeed in Hollywood is very informative and I’m in “manifestation mode!” I have been so busy producing and lifting my company off the ground…I haven’t sought out an agent for myself. Any suggestions in this current climate?

Best,

Tracy

Thanks for reading Tracy. The first suggestion is to know you can get a great agent if you want one. Most in Hollywood are too stuck on the lie that “getting an agent is hard” or “agents don’t want to sign any one now” or “it’s too hard to get an agent after pilot season or in this climate of the tough economy” or other such nonsense. The truth is, if any one wants a great agent, they have to know they will get one, that is the first step. Believe and know, and then you will achieve if you do.

The second is planning, so make your top 10 list based on wise research. Do be realistic with where your skills, credits, and looks are at. For example, if one has little to offer in terms of nepotism, has zero creds, and no reel, one should not expect to get signed with WME. Know your value in the marketplace and do your research based on that. With that said, value is also largely perception, so if you portray your value as higher than it is, then chances are, others will perceive it as such, and before you know it, your value in the market actually will be higher. There is a fine line between this approach however, and sounding insane. Haha. Believe me, I’ve met Superman and Wonder Woman in my office many times (and no I don’t mean the ones in costume off of Hollywood Boulevard), but when pressed, those everything’s they said they could do, turned out to be a lot of nothing. Know your limits and strengths, and research accordingly.

The third step is action. Call them, mail them, call them again. Be polite but be very aggressive. One new client I just signed sent me an e-mail and then did a follow up call, and then when I did not call back, called me again. I am busy, so that helped to put him on the radar, whereas most would have quit after the first e-mail, and I may have forgotten about them. After he got my attention, he spent about a month calling me practically every day, addressing me in a professional manner, telling me how he knew our company was the best for him. Finally, I started to remember his name, and I gave his a meeting.

You have to be hugely persistent and aggressive, but polite and respectful. Also, do not go in to the meeting with an attitude of what they will do for you. Why? They don’t need you! You need to go at it like ‘what you can do for them,’ whether it’s make them lots of money from that work you are already booking, or let them meet your uncle who is an A-lister and wants new representation or the like, or, how you will get them that free airfare plus one to Cannes on that private plane your Dad owns. You get the idea.

And, when you do get a meeting, or even time with them on the phone, send thank you notes. Those never go out of style, are much appreciated, and will set you apart from the crowd. This new client I refer to, after our meeting, sent me an e-mail the same day thanking me for my time and interest in him and his career. That is a wise move. Overall, just believe, plan, and do, and you can get it Tracy. Best of success to you.

Bruce Edwin

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Bruce Edwin is editor of The Hollywood Sentinel and President of Starpower Management, the celebrity model and talent firm. Moira Cue is a painter, singer, and actress. She is also art and literature editor of The Hollywood Sentinel. Contact Moira and Bruce at TheHollywoodSentinel.com