Back in 1997, the owner of Acme Talent & Literary agency, Adam Lieblein, saw me doing stand-up on an episode of Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh”. Adam picked up the phone, told me that he thought I was really funny and to call him if I ever need representation for TV shows & Film. In need of a “Theatrical” agent, I signed!
Adam did not handle day-to-day agenting, so he imbued his enthusiasm for me into his TV agent Gwenn Pepper. Over the next 5 1/2 years, I shot 40 TV shows and Films. In Mid-2003, Gwenn left Acme. As hard as it was to see Gwenn move on, out of my loyalty to Adam, I stuck around. He was responsible for me being at Acme Talent. I felt I had to honor that.
Over the past seven months, during the usually busy Episodic and Pilot Seasons I was not sent out once. Suffice it to say, the replacement agents did not “get me” the way Gwenn and Adam do. Hey, that’s life! I realize it isn’t like the new guys really valued me but decided to cut off that avenue for my career just for kicks. It’s like we dated and it just didn’t work out.
So this afternoon, I got a call from one of the replacement agents that I was released from their roster. And me, a guy whose films have grossed over 100 million dollars!!!
(How’s that for SPIN? “My” films: Coyote Ugly, Rocky & Bullwinkle and Country Bears.)
“The darkest hour is just before dawn.”