Recent College Graduate having a huge Dilemma

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  1. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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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.

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    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.
     


  2. suited

    suited Senior member

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    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.
     


  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    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?
     
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  4. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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    I am working at CAA.
     


  5. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    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
     


  6. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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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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    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.
     


  8. HomerJ

    HomerJ Senior member

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    Classic entitlement generation.

    +1
     
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    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.
     


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    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.
     


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    He's seen too many episodes of Entourage.
     
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  13. BlacKidLA

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    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.
     


  14. bringusingoodale

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    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.
     


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    What would Herman Wells do?
     


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