Agents
I'm a DP with some work and my most recent film will open in NYC sometime
soon. It has won a couple of awards and I would like to attend the NYC opening, it will be in a festival and I figure some agents will be there but I would like to invite more. Is it acceptable to do this? Will they come?  

If you mean people you are considering as possible agents for yourself, then it might be embarassing to invite them all at once. Agents are in the business of knowing what's going on, so they will definitely know each other and know that you have invited them. If you make it all OK before hand that might work, but I would be more inclined to decide which one you would like to represent you and then just invite that one along. That way he/she will feel special and your relationship might get off to a better start. Once somebody represents you, invite who you like! Of course, if you mean you are inviting agents for non-representational reasons, just go ahead eg directors agents etc.

Hi Oliver and thanks for reading. I've been wondering, do cinematographers have agents? If so, what's the best way to acquire one?
--PJ

Acquiring an Agent? I think that's something Agents think they are doing when they take on a Client. I used to dislike the very idea of Agents, and to some extent I still do, though it's made complex by the fact that I like both my US and UK Agents who both work for ICM. Technicians Agents used to be looked down upon from a great height by the high and mighty Directors and Writers Agents, but in the last ten years there are a number of highly successful (ie lucrative) agents who are representing the worlds best technicians. So now they get proper offices and make good money for the companies they work for. There's always a conflict in an Agent - do I go for the best paid or the most interesting job? But this conflict is also in the Client, and so as long as they are both on the same page (a quaint english expression meaning "in agreement"), they get on fine.

I always reckon it's best to work until you're in demand: then the agents come to you, rather than beating on their doors and getting no response because you have nothing to show.

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