Let me start by saying I am in books.

People have written books about Hollywood and their experiences, and I am a character in some. They changed my name because they do not want to be sued, but one of those books is being turned into a series as we speak. Who will play me? Robert Downey Jr. maybe? That would be awesome.

Ok, I need to slow this down so I don’t tell you too much too fast. Your head may explode. 

Don’t be jealous, but the car I was driving when I began my Hollywood adventure was a 1985 SALVAGED Ford Bronco II. If you are thinking, “Of course he became successful, he started with money!” you would be wrong. The blue and black compact SUV had an oil leak and every couple of days I had to dump tons of oil into it because I was too poor to have it fixed. At least it had air conditioning. No it didn’t. No AC either.

So now I live in Santa Monica. My roommate is a girl from MTV’s “The Real World”, and she is constantly having other cast members over to our apartment. Not just from the Los Angeles show, but from the San Francisco show as well. I was in heaven. I was living the dream! I was a star in my own mind. There was only one problem. I had no job.

Jessica back in San Diego was still not pleased. 

This was a time before iPhones. Computers were barely being used. There was no Facebook. Instagram did not exist. LinkedIN? Forget it. There were pagers, and maybe an occasional Motorola flip phone or two. But if you had a pager, you were legit. I had a pager, a shiny new Los Angeles phone number, but no job. I was not even sure what I wanted to do yet.

Did I want to be a producer? That sounded easy. All I needed was a business card that said, Rod Baron-Producer. I could do that! But then what. How do producers make money? What do they even do? Did I want to be an actor? Nah. I wanted to be famous and well known, but only half a percent of a percent of actors make any real money.  So actor was out. What about a director? I can do that! I am creative, I can direct people. They can make big bucks! But how do I get to be a director? I had no idea. 

There was a knock at the door. Was it Puck from the San Francisco Real World cast? Or was it that cute blonde from the same show that I had a tiny crush on as we took jogs together around the neighborhood? Nope, it was Norman from the NYC cast.

I still had no job.

I can recall many trips to the bookstore on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I picked out book after book to read about the entertainment business. Everything I could get my hands on about Hollywood I read. What was I going to do. What was I going to be. Oh man, the future was wide open! 

In almost all the books I read, one thing always stood out. Talent Agents. And it seemed to me that being a talent agent involved being good at many of the things I was already good at. Business, Psychology, and yelling at people. I could do all of that. I now had a path to explore.

A friend in San Diego was an artist. He created drawings of women in the style of Nagel.  I had him draw my face, and I put that drawing of my face on a business card with my shiny new phone number. An artists rendering of my face on a business card back in the mid 90’s? Nobody did that!

Rod inside room full of headshots

About Author


RodBaron

Rodney Joel Baron Lic# S.0188671 Weichert, Realtors - Millennium 702.781.3325 Rod Baron, founder of the successful Los Angeles talent agency, Baron Entertainment, has had a storybook rise through the Hollywood ranks. He has closed deals for all your favorite celebrities, and now he can do the same for you. The skills he learned working with the finest of Hollywood for 25+ years can now be applied to all your real estate needs. Rod has a strong sense of empathy for others grown from his “eclectic” background of working for actors. Though an empathetic real estate agent may seem oxymoronic to some, Rod saw it as a niche waiting to be filled here in Las Vegas. With his inspiration sparked, Rod set out to carve a career in the Las Vegas real estate market. Rod believes in the synergistic relationship between passion, empathy, and sound economics when dealing with real estate wants and needs. This innovative approach defines a niche in the industry and exemplifies the fruition of an ideal formed through years of experience. By making a conscientious effort to maintain a modest pool of select clientele, Rod is quickly working his way to becoming a powerhouse in the industry. Rod places a high value on the relationship between client and sales agent, encouraging clients to stay in close contact. This allows for a trusting relationship with extraordinary results. How many real estate agents can say that they have negotiated with the best in Hollywood for more than 25+ years? Rod was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Marin County (just north of San Francisco). These days, he spends all his free time with his gorgeous wife and 3 amazing kids. He loves pizza, and enjoys making his own dough and sauce (his 1000 degree pizza oven sees a lot of use). Rod loves to travel, exercise, and drink good wine. Not necessarily in that order. Recently he caught the "camping" bug and purchased 2 trailers, a 40ft Jayco 5th wheel trailer, and a small 20ft Jayco travel trailer. Rod also recently purchased 10 acres of land to play on. Oh yes, and all this would not be complete without a boat. A high performance 25ft Starcraft SLS3 Tri-toon boat waits for him and his family on the lake. You can see Rod and his family on the TV show GOING RV.

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