To succeed in the business, she said, you must land an agent. "Agents want to see credits on your resume like a guest star role on a TV show," she said. But here comes the rub: "In order to get those roles, generally, you need an agent. So it's a vicious cycle." You can always audition for an agent, she said, but it will cost you money. Yes, she acknowledged it smells like a racket, but impress the agent enough, and if he needs "your type," he will sign you. Liz said she set a goal for herself. "That within my first year in LA, I would get an agent and become eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild. Ten months in, I became eligible to join the union, which you need to be in to work on most TV and film projects. And at one year, almost exactly, I got an agent. Phew!"