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  1. 1.

    What makes you a unique performer?

      If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as an actor: This question is the traditional job interview equivalent to 'Why should we hire you?' or 'Why are you the best candidate for us?' Be prepared to brag about yourself a bit, similar to a neatly packaged elevator pitch.

      Think about how you describe your acting style, how you learn and memorize your lines, the way you relate to your audience, or how you connect with your characters. Perhaps you have a unique skill set that you blend with your acting expertise such as being a dancer, playing instruments and singing, or being able to speak multiple languages, for instance. Whatever your response, make sure it's memorable to the UTA agent.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "What makes me a unique performer is the fact that I am a performer, writer, and set designer all rolled into one. For my last off-broadway play, I co-wrote the script and also assisted with the set design. I like to be hands-on and become very involved in the entire production process."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "What makes me a unique performer is that I can dance, sing, and play a few instruments. I have formal training in multiple instruments including the piano, guitar, and drums. This broad musical skill set makes it easier to place me in a range of roles. It's important to me that I show diversity in my resume and portfolio."

  2. 2.

    Why do you believe you would make a great Talent Agent?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: This question is another form of asking, 'Why should we hire you?'. The interviewer would like to know what makes you the top choice for United Talent Agency and why you think you will have success as a Talent Agent. This business can be competitive and cutthroat so be prepared to answer very specifically why you believe you'll be one of the few to make it and flourish.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will make a great Talent Agent because I am persuasive, and have excellent negotiation skills. People trust me, they like me, and they have full faith that I will get the job done with their best interest in mind. Half the battle of an agent is to build a network of people who buy into your work, and I can do exactly that."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will make a great Talent Agent because I come to this industry with grit, a strong work ethic, and zero ego. My work at United Talent Agency will be all about the client and what is best for them. With an approach like this, clients are sure to have a great experience working with me, and they will remember my name when it comes time for booking a gig or gaining fresh representation."

  3. 3.

    Name your favorite movie, the star actors, and the producer.

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: UTA wants to know that you have a balanced perspective and understanding of the critical players in the entertainment industry. In Hollywood for example, it isn't just the actors that need representation; but the team of producers, directors, and more. Show that you possess knowledge more in-depth than the celebrity faces that you see by discussing your favorite movie, the actors, and also the producer. If you want you can dig in further to the writers, directors, and more.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Hands down, my favorite movie is one that I recently saw; Avengers: Endgame. This movie was a ground-breaking hit not only because of the actors such as Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth but also because of the CGI talent who made it happen. The directors, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo did an amazing job, and the writing by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely was top notch."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My favorite movie of all time is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The amount of talent that went into creating this comedic, sci-fi wonder is incredible. The film is from 1975; however, remains relevant today which wouldn't have happened without the vision of Richard O'Brien who wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay. Of course, acting talent such as Susan Sarandon also boosted the movie's success."

  4. 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

      "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

      "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. 5.

    As an emerging artist, do you believe your social media presence is essential for building a fan base?

      If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as a musician: Many musicians use social media as a place to network and grow a fan base. It's a great place to sell merchandise, get the word out on upcoming appearances and concerts, and to share a bit of your behind the scenes process. Share with the agent your thoughts on building awareness of your talent through social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Bring a positive approach to what social media can do for your career.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Many exceptional musicians have been discovered on social media platforms such as YouTube. Artists of all stripes, from pop celebrities to kids singing in their bedroom now showcase their talents on places like YouTube and IGTV. I believe social platforms are an excellent creative space and imperative for the growth of a fan base and loyal following."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The majority of my bookings this year have come from Instagram. I put my talent out there on IGTV and my Insta Stories regularly. I believe social platforms are paramount to the growth of any musician who wants to build a loyal fan base."

  6. 6.

    How often are you booked for gigs?

      If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as a musician: The agent would like to get a scope of your local network and the amount of work you are currently booking on your own. This number will help them to assess if you are ready for, or indeed in need of, formal representation. Think of the percentage of days per month you have work, and be prepared to discuss the type of jobs you are currently booking.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I currently handle my own bookings and find that January to May, I am booked about 70% of the time. In the summer months, as well as around the holidays, I am 100% booked and often have to turn opportunities away. It is challenging for me to manage on my own which is one of the reasons I am seeking agency representation from United Talent Agency."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I just started booking jobs for next year, so it's safe to say that I am in demand a few months in advance. I have built a strong network over the past year and am ready to take my musical talents to the next level. I know United Talent Agency can help me with this next milestone. "

  7. 7.

    United Talent Agency has an illustrious client list which includes the best of Hollywood. How will you remain professional in the presence of the world's hottest celebrities?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: Whether you are starting in the mailroom, and working your way into an agent role with UTA, or you bring years of experience as an agent, the interviewer needs assurance that you will always act appropriately and professionally in the face of fame. At United Talent Agency you will be privy to information and access to Hollywood celebrities. Discuss how you will remain professional no matter who you are working alongside.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Celebrities are talented people; however, they are still just people at the end of the day. Rest assured, I would treat these people with respect, give them the privacy they need, answer to their needs as their agent, and be a trusted point of contact."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "From my understanding, United Talent Agency represents talent such as Mariah Carey, Judd Apatow, and Kevin Hart. I grew up in LA, so celebrity sightings are nothing new for me. It's important that, even in the presence of the worlds' hottest celebrities, I maintain my cool while respecting their privacy and personal space."

  8. 8.

    What can United Talent Agency do best, for an up and coming author?

      If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as an author: UTA would like to get an idea of the ways you feel they could support you, as your literary agent. Discuss with the agent what you believe to be their responsibilities in this collaboration but also discuss how you will hold up your portion of the duties. How can UTA best ensure your success, and what are you willing to do to make sure you support their efforts?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For an up and coming author, I believe that United Talent Agency would be very helpful by not only helping to sell a book or manuscript but also to teach the author about the industry and how to navigate its ins and outs. Negotiating lucrative contracts is another important aspect for UTA to handle. As an experienced writer, I know first hand how challenging it is to fight for your work and its worth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As an up and coming author, I believe what United Talent Agency could best do for me is to help me feel confident in navigating this industry that is so new to me. By acting as an expert, I will feel the support that I have lacked as a self-published author. In turn, you can be sure that I would deliver the best possible work, spending less energy on negotiating with publishers and more energy focused on my creative craft."

  9. 9.

    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

      "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

      "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."

  10. 10.

    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

      "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

      "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."

  11. 11.

    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

      "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

      "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."

  12. 12.

    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

      "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

      "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}."

  13. 13.

    What do you think is holding you back in your acting career?

      If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as an actor: This question can be a tough one to answer at first, as it requires you to dig deep and honestly think about what you could be doing better, or where you could improve your situation as an actor. This query is similar to 'What are your weaknesses?'

      We rarely want to focus on what we aren't doing well; however, the interviewer wants you to spotlight and discuss what you are doing to overcome an obstacle. Your response should focus on what you are doing to get past whatever is holding you back in your acting career.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "What has been holding me back in my acting career has been my location and lack of on-hand resources. This lack of support for my acting career is what has prompted my move to LA. I am looking forward to growing my network, and joining some vibrant associations in the area."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that my lack of experience is what has been holding me back in my acting career. I am taking every audition that I can, in hopes that I will land more gigs and expand my resume. I believe that my search for an Acting Agent will help me greatly since, once signed to an agency, I will see more fruitful opportunities."

  14. 14.

    What do you know about our Talent Agent training program?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with United Talent Agency: UTA has an incredibly robust training program for their agents which includes beginning in the mailroom at minimum wage! From there, trainees move into all departments as assistants to agents across all divisions. Talent agent trainees learn the fundamentals of agency work. Those who show promise gain promotion to full-time assistant roles. As a full-time assistant, trainees work to support an agent through administrative tasks and client service. Once the multi-year program is complete, the trainee has an opportunity for promotion to Talent Agent; however, there is no guarantee of a promotion.

      Show the interviewer that you are familiar with this in-depth training process. Most commonly, the interviewer at United Talent Agency wants assurance that you can handle the longevity of this program, the low pay, and the high demand.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am prepared to start the rigorous Talent Agent-in-Training program at United Talent Agency. I understand that the pay is minimum wage, long hours, and high expectations. What I am looking forward to is the unparalleled opportunities for success once I have proven myself from the mailroom to the agent desk."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am familiar with your training program as I have a family member who flourished through the program. She told me that any challenges are well worth the reward in the end. I am willing to put in the hard work to ensure that I have a solid foundation in this industry from the start."

  15. 15.

    I want to know how you see yourself. If you could compare your acting style to anyone, who would it be?

      If you are interviewing with United Talent Agency for representation as an actor: The interviewing agent wants to know how you best describe yourself. Before your interview, it's a great idea to do some deep thinking about your acting style, whose acting style you enjoy emulating, where you source your acting inspiration, and how you want to be seen as a professional actor. Be sure to give a heartfelt answer and one that will be memorable.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I had to compare my acting style to anyone, I would choose Marlon Brando. I say this because he practiced the Stanislavski system of acting, just like I have. I wish to be seen as a talented mimic and an actor who can quickly and effectively portray the mannerisms of others. Through this method, my goal is to build believable characters, and create emotions that people can feel for themselves when they watch my work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I see myself as an actor who readily taps into the emotions and passions of a character. I have trained under the Michael Chekhov method, tapping into a psychophysical approach to acting. The body-mind connection is important, and I believe actors such as Marilyn Monroe who practiced this method are actors that I best related to."

  16. 16.

    United Talent Agency handles a wide range of talent from authors, speakers, musicians, athletes, and actors. With which entertainment segment are you most interested?

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  17. 17.

    What film have you seen lately that inspired you?

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  18. 18.

    Tell me about your graduate degree and how it will apply in your career as a Talent Agent.

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  19. 19.

    List for me the workshops and other education you have when it comes to your training as a comedian.

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  20. 20.

    What type of representation are you looking for?

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  21. 21.

    Why do you seek agency representation at this point in your musical career?

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  22. 22.

    If you could compare your comedic styling to any top act, who would it be and why?

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  23. 23.

    Do you understand that the work of a Talent Agent is demanding, with very long hours?

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  24. 24.

    In a nutshell, what is the role of a Talent Agent?

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  25. 25.

    Why are you looking for an Acting Agent at this time?

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  26. 26.

    Where would you like your career in comedy to take you?

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  27. 27.

    Are you open to attending events and book signings that require travel?

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  28. 28.

    Where have you trained?

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  29. 29.

    Why do you want to be an agent with United Talent Agency?

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  30. 30.

    Describe your acting style, your type, and what you believe to be your age range.

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