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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published April 30th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What personality traits should an agent possess?
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If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: Working as a Talent Agent is a tough gig that is worthy of only the most dedicated professionals. Some of the most sought-after characteristics of a Talent Agent include:

- Persuasive & Strong Negotiator
- Socially Intelligent & Self-Aware
- Personable & Conversational
- Trustworthy
- Confident
- Go-Getter Attitude

Discuss the personality traits you believe an agent should possess and be sure to address the fact that you will bring these skills to United Talent Agency.
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1.
What personality traits should an agent possess?
If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: Working as a Talent Agent is a tough gig that is worthy of only the most dedicated professionals. Some of the most sought-after characteristics of a Talent Agent include:

- Persuasive & Strong Negotiator
- Socially Intelligent & Self-Aware
- Personable & Conversational
- Trustworthy
- Confident
- Go-Getter Attitude

Discuss the personality traits you believe an agent should possess and be sure to address the fact that you will bring these skills to United Talent Agency.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From reading your job description and knowing a fair amount about the entertainment industry I believe a Talent Agent like myself should be a go-getter, persuasive, and determined never to take no as an answer. Just like myself, an agent must be ready to hustle and get the job done no matter what it takes. With that said, there should also be a softer side to an agent. For myself, it's important that I am approachable, honest, and transparent with my clients and those I represent."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe the most successful talent agents are ones who seek knowledge, good relationships and get the job done. When you show confidence in what you do, you are overall more persuasive and will make a bigger impact in your work. I am a confident person with great focus and believe my personality will be an excellent match for United Talent Agency."
2.
Do you consider yourself a persuasive person?
If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: Part of being an excellent Talent Agent is having the power of persuasion when necessary. There is a difference between persuasion and debating - or even convincing. Persuasion is used when you want to influence someone rather than tell them that they are wrong, and you are right.

The power of persuasion is essential if you are pitching the people you represent. It is also a necessary skill when you want to gain momentum with your coworkers or have your boss better understand your approach on a project. It is not a negative thing to be persuasive. Talk to the interviewer about whether or not you consider yourself to be a persuasive individual.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Persuasion is a key skill of an effective Talent Agent, in my opinion. Have you ever read the book, 'Pre-Suasion,' by Robert Cialdini? He speaks of the science in persuasion and that there are significant moves to be made before ever asking someone to do something on your behalf. This book has greatly influenced how I use persuasion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Persuasion and the talent industry go hand in hand so, yes, I believe that I am a persuasive person. My approach is not sly or combative in any way, however. I go about persuading others by displaying how my approach, or belief, could benefit the other party. In my case at work, the client."
3.
Tell me about yourself.
If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency as an internal agent, or if you are seeking representation: When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be challenging to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may have accidentally gone a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in the entertainment industry, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a very active individual who loves to workout and goes to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my work during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer, and am even more cheerful when the phone rings! It must be that fresh mountain air."
4.
Walk me through your career highlights, as an actor.
If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as an actor: The interviewer wants to know what you consider to be the greatest accomplishment of your acting career. The most pivotal moment of your career will give the interviewer a solid idea of where you are in your journey, and what you value. Think about your careers' proudest moment and portray this time to the interviewer with passion and enthusiasm.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been pursuing an acting career for the past six years, three of which have been spent working on the same locally television series. I went into this audition confident and well rehearsed and was fortunate enough to land a regular role. I realize that many actors struggle to earn great roles like this, so I am appreciative for the opportunity every day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The greatest highlight of my career was the opportunity to learn under Michelle Danner, the acting professional who coaches celebrities like Salma Hayek and James Franco. The techniques that I learned will be lifelong applications for me."
5.
Tell me about your industry connections. Which casting directors know your work?
If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as an actor: The acting industry is a well-connected, very small world. The agent would like to know who you know, which casting directors are familiar with your work, and where you have been auditioning. In the acting industry, it's okay to name drop. In fact, it's encouraged! Be prepared with some references as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"This year I have auditioned for a variety of talented directors including (insert familiar people the agent may know). I have been working as an actor in this city for the past twelve years and would say that I am well connected. I maintain membership with a couple of actors' guilds and spend time as an acting coach for upcoming talent every summer."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am newer to my acting career, so it's important to me that I spend a lot of time networking. I was recently accepted as a member of the Actors' Equality Association of LA, and I volunteer for the LA Indie Film Fest every year. I know the organizers there very well. My last few auditions were with {name of casting directors}, and my last booked gig was with {name of casting director}."
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