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  1. 1.

    Tell me about your industry connections. Which casting directors know your work?

      If you are interviewing with WME 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}."

  2. 2.

    In a nutshell, what is the role of a talent agent?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with WME: The interviewer would like to know what you believe to be the responsibilities of a talent agent. The first step to understanding what your job requirements will be at William Morris Endeavor is to know the ins and outs of their business. Discuss what you believe they do at William Morris Endeavor and what your contribution will be. Be sure to refer back to the job ad if you are unsure.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "From your job description, and the research I have done on William Morris Endeavor, I believe the role of a talent agent is to communicate with potential employers and negotiate contracts on behalf of talent; primarily in the entertainment industry. If I were a talent agent for William Morris Endeavor I would act as a professional representative for talent in the movie, music, and sports industries primarily."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Since William Morris Endeavor works in a multitude of areas, I believe the bulk of my responsibilities would be to represent actors, authors, athletes, musicians and more. I would work hard to find jobs for our roster of talent, and help negotiate contracts with top pay on their behalf."

  3. 3.

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

      If you are interviewing with WME 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."

  4. 4.

    Why do you want to be an agent with William Morris Endeavor?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with WME: There is a lot of competition for talent agent and talent agent-in-training roles with William Morris Endeavor. Come to your interview very prepared to discuss why you want to work for them, specifically. Perhaps it's their renowned training, the talent they represent, their reputation, or an experience you have had with an employee of their company. Whatever your response is, be sure to exude enthusiasm for this opportunity.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have had my eye on a potential role with William Morris Endeavor for a couple of years now. This application is my third application to William Morris Endeavor in three years. It's important to me that I join an agency that has a world-class reputation and offers unlimited opportunity for growth. The fact that your agent training is known globally as the best training in the industry is reasoning enough for me to pursue this opportunity eagerly."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Emma Stone and The Rock are among my favorite actors, and I am aware that William Morris Endeavor represents them. I believe that being the agent for talent such as these two says all that I need to know about your reputation and ability in this industry. I want to learn from the best."

  5. 5.

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

      If you are interviewing with WME for representation as an actor: Actors may not always need an agent to land gigs; however, it comes highly recommended. The benefits of an Acting Agent include promoting their interests, representing actors during negotiations, seeking out new clients and opportunities, booking auditions, and more. All of this work is helpful since an agent can spend a lot of time seeking new opportunities, allowing an actor to focus on perfecting their craft. Be transparent about why you are looking for an agent. Since this industry is well-connected and small, beware of speaking poorly of any other agent.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I had a wonderful agent for the past three years; however, I have outgrown her work as the opportunities she had for me were with smaller clients. She and I agreed that it was time for me to seek out an agent like yourself with more robust clients and more significant opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I relocated to this city about two weeks ago, and on my to-do list was to find a local and well connected Acting Agent like yourself. I am ready to get my name out there and fill my calendar with auditions!"

  6. 6.

    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with WME: In the entertainment business, it's vital that you are reliable both as a written, and a verbal communicator. Your talents may lean one way or another, and that is okay. Discuss with the interviewer in which manner you prefer to communicate and then be sure to discuss how you are improving in the other.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, wires can be crossed, due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression, and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am comfortable with both so it would depend on the message, I suppose. Big news needs to be communicated verbally and followed up in written form, but quick messages or simple changes can be communicated effectively through email without the hassle of breaking away from work for a call or meeting."

  7. 7.

    What type of representation are you looking for?

      If you are interviewing with WME for representation as an actor: The Acting Agent would like to know that this relationship will be mutually beneficial, and a good fit all around. It's essential that you go into your interview with a good idea of what you expect from this agency or agent representation. Be prepared to discuss the soft and hard skills that you are looking for when it comes to the individual or agency representing you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am looking for representation from an agent who understands me, as an artist. I want representation that presents me actively, and promptly, to filmmakers and television producers, primarily. I have spent a great deal of time in commercial work and, although lucrative, I would like to dip my toes into more serious, long-term roles. I am seeking a well-connected agent or agency who can collaborate with me to make that happen."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "First and foremost, I want to begin my acting career on the right foot. To me, this means collaborating with an agency or individual agent who has integrity in the acting industry and is well-connected. I am a go-getter, so I work best with proactive people, rather than agents who wait for jobs to pass their desk. Most important to me is working with someone seasoned in the acting industry from whom I can learn."

  8. 8.

    How do you build rapport with your clients?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with WME: The agent would like to know your methods when it comes to getting to know your clients and building trust with them. Some ways that you can build rapport with your clients include:

      - Do what you say that you will
      - Ask them questions about themselves
      - Use the same jargon and industry terms they use
      - Set clear expectations, on both sides, from the start
      - Show your extensive knowledge base
      - Always be presentable in looks and actions

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a naturally curious person which means that I often build a rapport with my clients by asking them questions about themselves. I like to know about their business, their career path, family, hobbies, and how they got to where they are today. Most people enjoy talking about themselves, so this approach is usually a very successful one."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The number one rule of service, and building a solid rapport with your client base, is to remember! Remember their names, their kids' names, important dates, where they went on vacation, and their favorite lunch spot. When you remember details, it shows that you care. This approach has never failed me."

  9. 9.

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

      If you are interviewing with WME 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."

  10. 10.

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

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with WME: The interviewer wants assurance that you understand the work of a talent agent isn't just schmoozing, attending celebrity events and being a part of posh promotions. Being a talent agent is hard work and requires working into the nights, weekends, and on holidays. Assure the interviewer that you are ready for this commitment.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I currently work 60+ hour work weeks with a 24/7 cell phone and am on my email most of the day. I am prepared to work long and hard hours, doing what it takes to succeed in as a talent agent."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate, I am well equipped and highly prepared for the fact that I need to work demanding weeks and long hours, to rise above the rest in this competitive industry."

  11. 11.

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

      If you are interviewing with WME for representation as a musician: The agent wants to understand better why you are now looking for representation. When selecting musical artists to be represented by William Morris Endeavor, they want to know you have ample performance history, you are ready to expand your network, and your act is unique. Be prepared with a couple of compelling reasons why William Morris Endeavor should represent you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My art is unique and my sound distinct. So much so, that I have had great success on my own so far; however, I have plateaued due to being stretched with admin work, bookings, phone calls, and negotiations. I seek representation so that I can continue focusing on my art and growing creatively as an artist."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a strong performance history and have been able to sell out out halls and venues across the state. I am currently representing myself which is tough to market on my own when it comes to booking gigs throughout the country. I am ready to grow but am not sure where to start."

  12. 12.

    Why do you believe you would make a great talent agent?

      If you are interviewing for an internal Talent Agent role with WME: 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 William Morris Endeavor 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 a talent 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 William Morris Endeavor 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."

  13. 13.

    How often are you booked for gigs?

      If you are interviewing with WME for representation as a musician: The talent 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 William Morris Endeavor."

      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 William Morris Endeavor can help me with this next milestone. "

  14. 14.

    Walk me through your career highlights, as an actor.

      If you are interviewing with WME 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 local 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."

  15. 15.

    Where have you trained?

      If you are interviewing with WME for representation as an actor: Take some time to bring your education to life for the talent agent. Be sure to highlight the ways you have educated yourself as an actor, where you shone, and where you have gone over and above in your training. If you have studied specific acting methods or worked under any renowned acting coaches, be sure to include names. The acting industry is a well-networked community, and these names and connections could add value to you as an applicant.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I studied at the New York Film Academy where I earned a Master of Fine Arts. I have completed multiple acting workshops from renowned coaches such as Susan Batson and William Esper. I have formal training in the Meisner Technique."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My education is from The Julliard School of Drama where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Here, I was a part of two major productions where I received a great deal of one-on-one training from the school's most renowned professors."

  16. 16.

    What film have you seen lately that inspired you?

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

    If you could be known as a thought leader across any topic or industry, which would you choose?

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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.

    William Morris Endeavor 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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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

    What can William Morris Endeavor do best, for an up and coming author, speaker, or thought leader?

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  23. 23.

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

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

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  25. 25.

    Are you open to attending events that require travel?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

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

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  28. 28.

    What makes you a unique performer?

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  29. 29.

    What personality traits should an agent possess?

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  30. 30.

    William Morris Endeavor 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?

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