Join this live panel of talent agents from top agencies as they discuss representation at various stages of a performer's career, best practices for smooth agent-client relationships, how they stay current in an ever-changing industry, social media and more. Featuring April King (WME), Jonathan Weinstein (UTA), Brian Boone (CAA), and Portia Scott (Coast to Coast Talent Group). Moderated by casting director Candido Cornejo, CSA.
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Portia Scott serves as Director of Voiceover for Coast to Coast Talent Group. She is the only African American woman in Hollywood heading a major department in the same discipline, and she is responsible for leading the division representing both adult and youth talent in all areas of voiceover.
Portia’s clients’ booked work extends from broadcast TV and radio commercials, to countless national campaigns including Tobacco Free Florida, Cedars-Sinai, Sonic, Wells Fargo and T-Mobile, just to name a few. Further, the well-respected talent under Scott’s management can be found as series regulars on a collection of highly-regarded networks, series and feature films. Most recently, Scott has secured talent roles in Nickelodeon’s THE LOUD HOUSE MOVIE, Disney + DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Warner Animation Group’s SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY, Disney’s RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON, Pearl Studio/Sony Pictures’ OVER THE MOON and WISH DRAGON, Sony Pictures Animation’s THE MITCHELLS AND THE MACHINES, Academy Award® winning TOY STORY 4, ABOMINABLE, INTO THE SPIDERVERSE, SHAZAM, CARS 3, INSIDE OUT and RISE OF THE GUARDIANS.
On the gaming side of things, Portia’s clients have created voiceover audio for industry titans including Blindlight, Blizzard, EA Sports, Bio Ware, Lucas Arts, Epic Games, Naughty Dog and Ubisoft.
Brian Boone is a Motion Pictures Talent Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Boone works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading actors, including Ariana DeBose, Gabrielle Union, David Oyelowo, Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, Chloe Bailey, Charlie Day, Jim Parsons, Cedric The Entertainer, Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff, and Gabriel LaBelle, among others.
Boone began his career at CAA in 2012 in the mailroom of the agency’s New York office and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology.
April King returned to WME’s talent department in April 2022 after initially starting her career at then-William Morris Agency in 2004. In between, King spent nine years at ICM Partners as a talent agent where she worked primarily to secure opportunities across film, TV (scripted and non-scripted), theater, and podcasting for the agency’s multi-hyphenate clients and traditional actors.
King is a graduate of Williams College and earned her International Baccalaureate from the Mahindra United World College of India. A proud Jamaican, King grew up in Ocho Rios and attended Campion College and Knox College at the secondary level. She lives in Los Angeles with her 4-year-old son Leo and 1-year-old daughter Jade.
Jonathan Weinstein is an agent in the Motion Picture Talent department at leading global talent, entertainment and sports company UTA. Weinstein works with an impressive roster of clients including Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Eichner, Jay Ellis, Nicholas Braun, Margaret Qualley, Christine Baranski, Uzo Aduba, Tony Hale, Colton Haynes, Brooke Shields, Trixie Mattel, Molly Shannon, Ed Helms, Kat Dennings and more.
Weinstein joined UTA in the mailroom in 2007 and was promoted to Agent in 2012. He graduated from Brandeis University in 2007.
Candido Cornejo is a proud Latinx trans casting professional, with almost 11 years of experience coming from prestigious casting offices including veterans like Ronnie Yeskel, Fern Champion, Scott Genkinger, Tamara-Lee Notcutt, and Pam Dixon. They have had the opportunity to work on THE HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS, the DIRTY DANCING remake for ABC, the Freeform hit show THE FOSTERS, and their proudest achievement - their Artios win for the production ZOOT SUIT for the Center Theatre Group. Candido actively works for advocacy for diversity and inclusion, particularly for the Latinx and Trans/Nonbinary community, inside and outside the entertainment industry. Their most recent projects include THE ROOF and BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA for the Launchpad Season Two for Disney+.