Geoff Thompson || Bafta winning writer || Teacher || Martial Artists:
"Feeling a little sorry for myself (if all else fails self pity is as good as comfort food) I complained to Tom that, ‘I can’t get an agent. I really want one but no one’s interested.’ Tom looked at me, unable to stop his eyebrows rising into a question mark.
He said, ‘how many agents have you tried Geoff?’
I said (quick as a flash) ‘oh, loads.’
I‘d sent a flurry of emails and letters out in a day of mad exuberance but never really bothered to follow any of them up.
Tom said (and this has stayed with me ever since, in fact every time I feel as though things are not happening for me I remember his advice) ‘Geoff, if there are fifty agents in London and you have only tried forty nine of them, then you haven’t done your job. If there are fifty agents in London and you have tried them all, but only once then you still haven’t done your job because second time around you will be talking to different people on a different day, and they will have different needs and different moods.
If you haven’t got an agent, it is because you don’t want an agent.’"