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"If I Had Babies To Sell, Who Knows?"

BM: I don't know if you ever saw that series, quite a while ago -- [The Famous] Teddy Z? With Jon Cryer? That was one of the closest from what we've seen. There were agents there that were like agents we know, but also, they always depict the agent as cold and heartless, and there's tons of jokes about agents' tiny little hearts, giving up their grandmothers for better deals. And there's a little bit of that, but for the most part, it's not glamorous. Yeah, once in a while, you get to go to film openings and award shows, but for the most part, it's a lot of being on the phone, a lot of online stuff, a lot of research, talking to people. It's not all Emmy awards and Oscars all the time.

WC: Half of it is the image of the hustling agent, and half is the agent as nursemaid, very hands-on.

BM: There are agents like that, and I know agents like that, but I swore when I became an agent I would not be like that. And I think, for the most part, I haven't done that sort of thing -- the coddling, fetching them a hot chocolate with a straw. It makes me crazy. I don't do that sort of stuff, but I have witnessed it, and it's so bizarre.

WC: You think that comes more from the personality of the agent and not the client really needing a lot of hand-holding.

BM: Totally. Because they baby them. And then the actor gets sucked into it and then they become like that, when there's no need. And of course, most of our clients are Canadian, so they're pretty nice people, so they don't do that whole attitude thing, and snapping the fingers, and "I need a seat on the plane for my dog." Although someone did do that.

WC: I led with Entourage, and you said people do ask you about that. Pre-Entourage, what kinds of misconceptions did people have about your job when they heard what you did?

BM: Just from the movies, like that it's super-glamorous, and "Who have you met?" I mean, when I was starting as an agent, it was always "Ooh, who do you represent? Anyone on...?" And they'd name all these big American shows, which, first of all, I'd been doing this for twenty minutes, so I had no one yet, and the people I did have, they'd done a couple of days on The Littlest Hobo or something.

WC: Joan Collins already had someone.

BM: Exactly, yeah. She doesn't need me. So it's that perception, that you have all these famous people, and you name who you do have, and it's "I don't know that name." So it's that kind of thing.

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"If I Had Babies To Sell, Who Knows?"

BM: I don't know if you ever saw that series, quite a while ago -- [The Famous] Teddy Z? With Jon Cryer? That was one of the closest from what we've seen. There were agents there that were like agents we know, but also, they always depict the agent as cold and heartless, and there's tons of jokes about agents' tiny little hearts, giving up their grandmothers for better deals. And there's a little bit of that, but for the most part, it's not glamorous. Yeah, once in a while, you get to go to film openings and award shows, but for the most part, it's a lot of being on the phone, a lot of online stuff, a lot of research, talking to people. It's not all Emmy awards and Oscars all the time.

WC: Half of it is the image of the hustling agent, and half is the agent as nursemaid, very hands-on.

BM: There are agents like that, and I know agents like that, but I swore when I became an agent I would not be like that. And I think, for the most part, I haven't done that sort of thing -- the coddling, fetching them a hot chocolate with a straw. It makes me crazy. I don't do that sort of stuff, but I have witnessed it, and it's so bizarre.

WC: You think that comes more from the personality of the agent and not the client really needing a lot of hand-holding.

BM: Totally. Because they baby them. And then the actor gets sucked into it and then they become like that, when there's no need. And of course, most of our clients are Canadian, so they're pretty nice people, so they don't do that whole attitude thing, and snapping the fingers, and "I need a seat on the plane for my dog." Although someone did do that.

WC: I led with Entourage, and you said people do ask you about that. Pre-Entourage, what kinds of misconceptions did people have about your job when they heard what you did?

BM: Just from the movies, like that it's super-glamorous, and "Who have you met?" I mean, when I was starting as an agent, it was always "Ooh, who do you represent? Anyone on...?" And they'd name all these big American shows, which, first of all, I'd been doing this for twenty minutes, so I had no one yet, and the people I did have, they'd done a couple of days on The Littlest Hobo or something.

WC: Joan Collins already had someone.

BM: Exactly, yeah. She doesn't need me. So it's that perception, that you have all these famous people, and you name who you do have, and it's "I don't know that name." So it's that kind of thing.

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