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Old 01-21-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
Gary Dragan Milin
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Anyone have any opinions on who the best spec agent in the business might be?

I'm putting together my dream list while waiting for my Black List scores to come in.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Esola, Boxerbaum and Besser, off the top of my head.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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There is no right answer. You have to choose who's right for you as an individual, not just who has the most sales. The numbers don't tell the whole story.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thanks Levenger!


And Emily, I am trying to determine who's right for me. For the past 10 years I've been focused on developing high concept big-budget script ideas. I have over a dozen so far. And last year I felt I was ready to start turning these ideas into specs. I just finished my first one (a time travel adventure) and uploaded it on the BL.

So for the forseeable future I'm just gonna be writing specs. And if my first one is good enough to land me an agent, then I need to know which agents are best at marketing specs.

I don't want to go up for assignments, or pitch projects I haven't written yet. I just wanna write spec scripts. Exclusively.

And needless to say, if my first spec gets torn apart on the BL then I'll have to re-evaluate my career strategy.

But for now, I'm trying to prepare my query campaign in the event of a high score.

Plus, it gives me something to do so I'm not climbing the walls waiting for my first scores to come in.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #5
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Well, if that's the case, don't tell the agents that. They don't want guys who just write specs, there's no business for them there. They want/need guys who are going to book big studio assignments and get called in for deadline rewrites.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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Well, if that's the case, don't tell the agents that. They don't want guys who just write specs, there's no business for them there. They want/need guys who are going to book big studio assignments and get called in for deadline rewrites.

Wow, really?

Shouldn't I be up front about this? The last thing I wanna do is sign with an agent and then have them expect me to pitch for a bunch of assignments, when I just wanna work on my own stuff.

This is the main reason I'm trying to find the top spec agents, because I thought they'd be the ones most interested in signing a spec writer.

Honestly, I don't really see why this would be such a turnoff. Doesn't a writer who just writes specs require less effort to rep then one who works on assignment?

That's what I always thought.

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Old 01-21-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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Cart before the horse, Gary.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:57 PM   #8
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Cart before the horse, Gary.
I'm no boy scout.

But I like to always be prepared.

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Old 01-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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And to whoever just downloaded THE TIME MACHINE off the BL site, thanks for taking a look!

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:09 PM   #10
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Gary, something like over 90% of all script writing income is from assignments. No agent would want to cut themselves off from that with a client.
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