In the entertainment industry for the long haul? You had better be nice to the person who answers the phone.
More specifically, if you are calling someone at United Talent Agency, the person you are speaking with may be the person you are trying to reach very soon.
At UTA, the long road to agent usually culminates after years on an assistant’s desk on any one of four floors at 9560 Wilshire Blvd. -- a fertile training ground for agency (and industry) personnel. Over 65 of UTA’s nearly 100 agents (including partners Andrew Cannava, Dan Erlij, Wayne Fitterman, Lisa Jacobson, David Kramer, Larry Salz and Jay Sures) all made the jump to agent off of assistants’ desks at the agency.
Subtly contrarian, the partners at UTA have bucked the trend by remaining at their great location between Barneys and the Beverly Wilshire for more than a decade and a...