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The Dream Chaser by Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

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Chapter 17The Indie Life

Most people have to start out independent, but some don't. I have never been signed exclusively to anyone, so my references to being exclusive only come from seeing my clients or colleagues. The contract for this book you're reading is my first time signing with a major publisher. I've been with other publishers, but they were still considered independent or Internet publishers. As TV talent, there are agencies you can sign with that will get you bookings and handle your bookings. I've been signed to one of the Big Three agencies, but it was only because they were trying to get me for a show. As a speaker, there are speakers' bureaus that you can let handle your bookings, and they can also bring bookings to you. I've never been signed exclusively to a bureau either. I've had a couple of non-exclusive contracts, but nothing came of them. There are also publicists who sign talent exclusively and don't allow you to work with any other publicist or agent who will bring deals to you in the same field of play. I've never signed one of those, although I've been offered some.

I've always been independent, and I can't say that I regret that decision. Could I have gotten some bigger opportunities with a major player? Yes! But the indie life isn't as bad as some may think. I've loved not having to split any of my checks. I've loved having complete say-so over all of my work. I've loved not having to wait around on anyone to pull the trigger on a project. I honestly ...

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