When I met Elvis, he had a million dollars worth of potential. Now, he's got a million dollars.Why Television Sucks
Col. Tom Parker, Elvis's manager
blogs about choosing between the money show and the fun show.
She feels her agents manipulated her into the show she'd make the most money on, not the show where she'd do her best work.
It's not surprising. Her agents get 10% of her take, but they don't get 10% of her creative joy in doing good work. So they want her to make the most money.
It's tough choosing which direction to take. This year I've been concentrating on pitching shows, which means I'm not beating the bushes for staffing jobs. In the long run, getting my own show on the air will be more lucrative and
more creatively rewarding if
I succeed before I go broke. On the other hand I've learned a lot any time I've worked for someone else; and you build up your credentials. You have to weigh everything.
Agents don't care about any of this stuff, so watch out. If your career goes to the next level, they may lose you to another level of agent. They will generally not tell you to sacrifice money for your future.
Remember, they work for you. Make your own choices...
Very interesting take on the agent thing. Thanks.
Eh. I love her blog, but I never relaly baought into the whole agent-talking -me-into-stuff. Of course, having a manager as a buffer helps. However, it is true-- the number of times I have to politely remind one of my agents (and I LIKE my agents) that they work for me and not vice versa...
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