A Critical Must-Read for
All Actors and Agents
John Remington -- Top 1000 Amazon.com
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 prospective
(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
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. Ultimately
it all boils down to 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. If they have
never before considered the acting industry as a social Darwinist
world - it also is time they did.
But Martinez is not here just to dash out dreams,
his ultimate objective is to provide the actor advice and
specific tools to increase one's chances of not only survival,
but success as well. His advice is always practical (keep
working, be prepared and get over yourself) and personal (he
provides many fine anecdotes illustrating the "do's"
His constant litany is: be smart while one keeps working and,
most importantly, be a decent human being. For at the end
of the day, it is the relationships one develops with themselves
and the people around them that will carry one through to
At a quick, easy to read 216 pages, AN AGENT
TELLS ALL deserves to become a dog-eared personal reference
for all who dare to enter the world's most noblest profession.
This is a must read.