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EP 235 Paul Doherty: Co-Head of CESD Talent

March 5, 2017

This week, Chuck and Stacey are thrilled to welcome Paul Doherty, the Co-Head of powerhouse bi-coastal agency, CESD Talent. As the Head of the Los Angeles Division and voiceover industry leader for more than 32 years, Paul shares his journey from interning in radio in New Jersey to breaking into the entertainment business in New York before making the move to Los Angeles to work with the legendary voice over agent, Don Pitts and ultimately join CESD Talent in the late 1980’s.

Paul talks about the evolution of voice over animation and some of the milestone moments like Tiny Toons and Rugrats and how much opportunity there is for voice over talent in the current industry. He gives props to all the amazing agents at CESD Talent like animation agents Cathey Lizzio, Pat Brady, Brittney Weiskopf and Youth Agent, Melissa Berger Brennan. He speaks to some of the challenges that come with running a leading bi-coastal talent agency and the qualities that make a great agent that include devotion to duty and work ethic.

He expresses his belief in actors being prepared and getting solid training in their craft. He also answers the importance of agents and an agency staying on top of the trends and being willing to reinvent themselves as the culture and times change. He talks about navigating through the changes in technology and streaming opportunities and how it has affected the kinds and amount of voice over work. He offers wisdom to actors regarding booking jobs with the main theme being to do what you need to do to stay at the top of your game and the importance of having an entrepreneurial spirit and developing business savvy.

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