Hard work once again proves triumphant. Two agents at Agency for the Performing Arts have been bumped up to the position of partner. Barry McPherson and Josh Humiston are now living the life in high profile positions. APA is one of the few high power agencies -- William Morris, United Talent Agency, Paradigm, Creative Artists Agency to name a few more -- where every talent in this business competes for their attention. To have their name on your side as a filmmaker or actor is like being a lawyer with Harvard on your application.

The better part of the story is that McPherson and Humiston started out at the bottom rung of the APA community. McPherson's first position was as an assistant and Humiston started even lower, working in the mailroom. I always imagine 'the mailroom' being like Jon Favreau's depiction in Elf -- below the building's basement with an assembly line of individuals craving for just a glimmer of sunlight. Humiston shows that amongst those individuals is a craving to get to the very top of the company and if that desire is strong enough, you'll have no choice but to make it there.

The same goes for directors and actors alike. Many directors started their work in music videos and now are recognized as award nominated artists. Mike Mills -- director of Thumbsucker -- worked for a long time as a music video director and graphic designer. This year's comedy hit Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Johnathan Dayton both started directing music videos for Paula Abdul and R.E.M. Judi Dench has worked in television since the 50s before receiving worldwide notoriety in the late 80s.

None of these careers happened over night. What these people have in common is that they have been working in this industry for over a decade. The test then becomes can you stick it out and do the time to get to where you really want to be? I can't answer for anyone, but these individuals definitely could and are hopefully enjoying the results of their efforts. ...
categories Movies, Cinematical