Hollywood talent agent advises aspiring actors

What inspired you to pursue a career in talent management?

MJ: I pursued a career in talent management because I believe in pursuit of a dream. I love working with creative, trained professionals both in front of and behind the camera.

What qualities do you look for in potential clients?

MJ: Preparation, training, a sense of creativity and a sense of discipline.

What advice would you give to aspiring actors/performers in developing a career in show business?

MJ: No matter what business you get into, it’s important to know the players and do your research. Always think about how to connect the dots to those influential people.

What do you believe is one of the most important things an actor can display in an audition and why?

MJ: A personality, a zest, a flair, an excitement about what you’re doing. Remember that how you feel about you and your career exudes in a room. Know your secret recipe, and your secret recipe is your success.