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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated May 1st, 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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In a nutshell, what is the role of a talent agent?
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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.
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1.
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 #1
"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 #2
"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."
2.
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 #1
"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 #2
"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."
3.
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 #1
"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 #2
"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."
4.
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 #1
"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 #2
"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."
5.
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 #1
"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 #2
"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."
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