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Talent

I consider myself a great judge of talent, and have worked with an amazing spectrum of artists throughout my career.  In addition to all the unique, credible and interesting music artists I represented, I also have great pride in the executive talent I helped develop.

Of the many people assisting me over the years, I want to trumpet them all, starting with the late, great Bill Gross who started a comedy department at Triad, and went on to a successful career as a manager and entrepreneur.  Brian Greenbaum is a senior agent at CAA representing Paul Simon and Bob Dylan (and others); Chris King also went to CAA and is a senior agent in their Marketing Department.  David Levine, Keith Sarkisian, and John Branigan are now senior agents at William Morris EndeavorLori Goldklang is an SVP at Sony Pictures, Jim Haljun taking over the world with Google (and his new baby boy, congrats!!), and Carl Freed went from a successful career as a concert promoter to being an entrepreneur, as well.  Linda Martinez is in commercial real estate at Coldwell Banker.  My most recent pride comes from Zoe Sonquist King who is doing brand partnerships at Capitol Records.

In addition to my assistants and trainees, while I was at William Morris, I ran the Agent Training Program, and hired some great trainees in Eric Wilker, now an SVP at WB TV, Robbie Fraser, a great agent at William Morris Endeavor, and Jim Hughes, a successful event entrepreneur.  Melissa Miller Ormond is now President of MSG Entertainment and Maria Laing is VP Bus Dev at MrMaster Online.

Congrats to you all!

(This list includes those that I’m in touch with – if there are others I’ve left out, please forgive the omission!)

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Introduction, part 2

While I was in college at UC Davis, continuing my interest in film, I ran the Entertainment Council Film Program – a series of classic films, forgotten gems, and other films that we could rent.  When I graduated, I returned to LA, and tried to plot how I’d get in to the entertainment business.  A guy I’d worked with on the Entertainment Council told me that a great way to start was in the mailroom at a talent agency.  I’d heard stories about people getting their start in the mailroom (I think I’d heard about David Geffen starting at WMA), and that sounded good, so that’s what I set out to do.

I interviewed at all the big talent agencies, William Morris, ICM, CAA.  I still have those interviews vividly in my mind.  At my CAA interview, they told me they’d just hired someone, and it would probably be two or three months before they would have an opening.  In the meantime, through a family friend, I had an interview at a small music agency called Regency Artists.  They were mostly in the adult contemporary business, representing artists like Julie Andrews, Johnny Mathis and Glen Campbell, but knew they were headed into contemporary music.  They made me an offer to start the following Monday.  Just out of college, I was weighing “Monday” with “two or three months,” and “Monday” won.  In retrospect, it was a “Sliding Doors” moment, the other path would have led me to a totally different career path.

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