Since the Esquire Network series ‘The Agent’ kicked off three-plus weeks ago, I’ve been talking about it quite a bit with other agents, financial planners and other people in the game. Here’s one response I get from them frequently: “Why do they did they film Ed Wasielewski so much?”
That’s a valid question. Ed has not only gotten lots of film time, but he’s also live-tweeted the show and held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jeff Guerriero of Pro Source Sports didn’t even show up on Episode 2, and the real insider-level recruiting video has almost always centered on Ed and his potential clients.
There are a couple reasons for this. No. 1, this show is Ed’s baby. When the show was originally being pitched, it was Ed and seasoned NFL producer Amani Martin doing the pitching. The show was even called, ‘Agent Ed.’ It wasn’t until the Esquire Network expressed an interest that another three agents were screened and added to the show.
No. 2, Ed has put the most blood on the screen, so to speak, of all four agents, and it’s not really close. Here’s something I learned recently. The producers of the show sent high-def, state-of-the-art cameras to each of the four contract advisors to film themselves around the office. Others filmed their kids, or day-to-day business interactions, or other mundane activities. Ed used his to film his final interaction with Connecticut DC Byron Jones as Jones tells him it’s not going to work out, and he’s going with New York City-based SportStars. That’s not the kind of thing most agents want to see on film, but Ed was willing to put himself out there.
The feedback I’ve gotten from most agents has been that they really like Ed, but almost wince when they see him go into a final meeting with a player, knowing it’s not going to turn out well (as with Indiana RB Tevin Coleman and his family). They’re constantly astounded by his willingness to look vulnerable and face rejection on camera. But ultimately, they all praise the show’s authenticity. Each one of them says he’s been in the situations that Ed faces, and that’s why I think the show is a must for anyone who aspires to work in the game.
I’ve also talked to several agents who were approached about doing the show, but didn’t want to take the risks that Ed is taking. It’s still to be determined what impact the show will have on Ed’s practice, and I admire his courage.
If you haven’t given the show a chance yet because you’re busy with ‘Hard Knocks’ or some other show, I encourage you to give it a try. It certainly has captured an audience with people in the game.