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Recent College Graduate having a huge Dilemma

post #1 of 41
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Graduated from Indiana University a month ago and am currently on my way to becoming a MP (Motion Picture) Talent Agent at a big talent agency in LA.

 

I love Hollywood, I love the agency side of things (passion #1) and I know I'll make a great agent for various reasons but I'm having second thoughts on if I want to make such a huge commitment and essentially throw away my early 20's being someone's bitch (assistant) before I become an agent: 50+ hour weeks, 2 weeks vacation per year and it only gets worse as you get promoted to senior agent.

 

The problem I'm having is my IDEAL job would be to travel the world/live in different places and eat different foods (Sort of like a 21 year old Anthony Bourdain, passion #2) while writing or talking about it on some sort of show/documentary. I feel like this could potentially be everyone's dream and everyone would do it if it were realistic but it just isn't. To make matters worse I don't even think there's a market for a show led by such a young person. 

 

What would you guys do/suggest?

 

Would you:

 

A.) Stick to becoming a talent agent: there's a lot of money, beautiful people and it's just exciting to be a process of the entertainment industry.

 

or

 

B.) Travel while you're young and figure out a way to make money while doing it?

 

I guess my bottom line is I want to be able to travel while I'm still young, free and single so I can experience all the world has to offer. I don't want to regret it while I'm some rich 40 year old married dude who's only been to two continents and whose job doesn't really allow him to travel much.

post #2 of 41
If you're truly passionate about being an Agent, you should be absolutely elated at a shot to work at a place like CAA or ICM, even if it's delivering mail or being an assistant, which is the hard truth. Do you have any leads or connections at these agencies? Even low level jobs are pretty hard to land.
post #3 of 41
Sounds like you want to have your cake, and want to eat it, too. For the career you aspire, you've got to pay your dues early. Take the job. If you play your cards right, you might have enormous opportunities early in your career for travel and other excitement. Didn't they teach you this at IU?
post #4 of 41
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

If you're truly passionate about being an Agent, you should be absolutely elated at a shot to work at a place like CAA or ICM, even if it's delivering mail or being an assistant, which is the hard truth. Do you have any leads or connections at these agencies? Even low level jobs are pretty hard to land.

I am working at CAA.
post #5 of 41
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Originally Posted by BlacKidLA View Post

I'm having second thoughts on if I want to make such a huge commitment and essentially throw away my early 20's being someone's bitch (assistant) before I become an agent: 50+ hour weeks, 2 weeks vacation per year and it only gets worse as you get promoted to senior agent.

 


wow... you think that's bad?
and you even get paid vacation ...
there are thousands of people out there who would love to have such a job and opportunity

you are not ready to enter the real world
maybe you just need a few weeks.. maybe a few months off... to travel and play
which is perfectly acceptable for a recent college grad
before you settle down and start really working
but seriously.. there are a lot of people who would kill (they may even really kill) to have a job like yours
post #6 of 41
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

Sounds like you want to have your cake, and want to eat it, too. For the career you aspire, you've got to pay your dues early. Take the job. If you play your cards right, you might have enormous opportunities early in your career for travel and other excitement. Didn't they teach you this at IU?

Yes, you're right. It's a great company to work for. I should just tough it out. Once I become an agent it won't even be like I'm working. Most of what I'll be doing is talking to people/having lunches and going to parties. Throw in some traveling when I gain enough clout in the agency. You're right I guess!
post #7 of 41
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I am working at CAA.

Well there ya go, you've got the tough part covered. Just keep your head down and work, and good things will come, especially if you're already working at a company where you want to have a career.
post #8 of 41
Classic entitlement generation.
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Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox View Post


wow... you think that's bad?
and you even get paid vacation ...
there are thousands of people out there who would love to have such a job and opportunity

you are not ready to enter the real world
+1
post #9 of 41
Don't worry about it. If you're the type of person bothered about working 50 hour weeks, I'm sure you won't last long anyways.
post #10 of 41
man up. tough it out, if you give up this chance that you have been given, your life will be pissed away. work hard, you aren't entittled to shit. if you work hard and get ahead, you'll be able to live a good life.
post #11 of 41

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Originally Posted by BlacKidLA View Post
Yes, you're right. It's a great company to work for. I should just tough it out. Once I become an agent it won't even be like I'm working. Most of what I'll be doing is talking to people/having lunches and going to parties. Throw in some traveling when I gain enough clout in the agency. You're right I guess!

 

Somebody sold you a line, kid.

 

lefty
 

 

post #12 of 41
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Yes, you're right. It's a great company to work for. I should just tough it out. Once I become an agent it won't even be like I'm working. Most of what I'll be doing is talking to people/having lunches and going to parties. Throw in some traveling when I gain enough clout in the agency. You're right I guess!
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Somebody sold you a line, kid.

lefty


He's seen too many episodes of Entourage.
post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 
No, you fucks, I haven't watched "too much Entourage". Stop being "tough guys" on the Internet.

Obviously I knew what I was getting myself into, I was just describing the nature of the job and how it won't allow me to travel at all once I start.

I have no problem working even 100+ hours a week. I know what I have to sacrifice to do well at a talent agency. Although I might sound like a whiny boy pissed off at my job, I'm not.

Understand that I wasn't complaining, I know I have to pay my dues, I'm not retarded. I was just wondering if anyone else ever thought this way and I wanted to hear opinions.
post #14 of 41
Damn, I'd like this job. Seriously, PM me if they are taking any one willing to be someone's assistant and what not, I'll do it if it gets my foot in the door.
post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by BlacKidLA View Post

No, you fucks, I haven't watched "too much Entourage". Stop being "tough guys" on the Internet.

Obviously I knew what I was getting myself into, I was just describing the nature of the job and how it won't allow me to travel at all once I start.

I have no problem working even 100+ hours a week. I know what I have to sacrifice to do well at a talent agency. Although I might sound like a whiny boy pissed off at my job, I'm not.

Understand that I wasn't complaining, I know I have to pay my dues, I'm not retarded. I was just wondering if anyone else ever thought this way and I wanted to hear opinions.
What would Herman Wells do?
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