An agent is an individual who acts on behalf of another individual, or a group. The agent is
duly-licensed by the state to render intermediary services between an individual and another party. These
services are mostly in the form of brokerage (like purchase of real estate property) or business
In real property, the real estate agent is usually employed by a brokerage house, which determines
the agent's commission.
Professional agents earn as high as 90% of the total commission agreed by the client, while
beginning agents get paid on a 50% split between him or her and the brokerage firm.
As agents get more experience and gain more networks, his or her omission level also increases.
In the case of literary agents, established publishing firms do not publish an author's work without agents.
Literary agents negotiate directly with publishing houses. As such, the payment for your books that are sold are
entirely written out by the publisher in the name of your agent, who takes the agreed commission and gives you the
A writer never, ever directly pays his or her agent. The literary agent also keeps track of all the
book's post-sales earnings, such as sold reprints, fees for movie versions and inclusions of the material in
Meantime, sports or entertainment agents act as the business representative of the individuals whose talent or
image is being marketed. The agent's job in this case is to market the talent (person), ranging from athletes,
actors, actresses and models.
They work out contracts with marketing corporations for product deals and sponsorships, and
negotiate with film producers and casting directors for various projects. The standard payment for media agents
is 30% of the talent's fee per project, or per contract. Some companies have separate contracts for talents and
A much more complicated form of agent job involves government defense and law enforcement. In the United States,
agents work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to dig deep into organized crime organizations.
In Europe, secret service agents work for various intelligence agencies of countries like United
Kingdom, Spain and France. Paying agents in this line of work depends on the
government. James Bond, who “works” for the British government, is probably the most famous fictional agent in
this category, seen as someone whose defense gadgets, travel expenses and hotel rooms are shouldered by the