Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Just a couple weeks ago someone asked me if I see agents eventually going away. My answer may seem to be self-serving because I happen to be a literary agent, but no. I do not. I actually think it’s a shame more industries don’t offer agents.
We already know that if you want to buy or sell a house you need a real estate agent.
If you are seeking an executive position you need an employment agent, also lovingly called a headhunter.
Professional sports? Yep. Nearly all of the players and even the coaches have agents.
Actors? We know they have agents. Musicians have agents, illustrators have agents, comedians have agents.
Why do all these agents exist?
- They protect the client.
- They negotiate deals.
- They get work for the client.
- They handle legal details.
- They deal with problems that crop up.
- They solve disputes, leaving the client free to create, play, dream or work.
Just think of the other professions who ought to have an agent. The first one that came to my mind was pastor. Wouldn’t it be nice if each pastor had an agent to handle the messy financial negotiations when called to a new church? How about when there’s a dispute in the congregation? Making sure retirement benefits are there as well as medical, education stipends, etc.
Students need agents to help chart their educational careers, make certain they get the best instructors, to question grade inequities, to make sure their work is seen by those who need to be aware of them. Right?
Some of my clients are certified life coaches– much like an agent. Couldn’t we all use one to help guide us, push us sometimes and question decisions that could derail us?
Now it’s your turn. Help me come up with other careers or people who really ought to have an agent. (Tongue-in-cheek or not.) What the world needs is more agents. Right?