Tessa Packard [TP]: As a Head of Commercial Talent agent for Hamilton Hodell, what three words would you use to describe the talent management world that you work in?
India Sinclair [IS]: Unpredictable, Protective, Limitless.
[TP]: What advice would you give to an aspiring actor at the start of their career regarding brand partnerships and professional collaborations? Would this advice differ if you were talking to an established actor, or do the same rules apply?
[IS]: Whether you are starting up, or you have been working in the industry for years; Stick to your guns and don’t be afraid of trying to change the world through the power of your voice and profile. We always look for creative commercial opportunities where we can advocate and promote important key messages of social and ethical change.
[TP]: What are the stereotypical mistakes that talent make when trying to make it in the industry?
[IS]: There is no real rule book in this field, except for those who go into it with too strong an ego, tend to take longer to find their path.
[TP]: In your opinion, what is the one thing that needs to change in your industry?
[IS]: I’ll be greedy and change two things; Equal pay and diversity
[TP]: Overall, do you think Instagram is a friend or a foe when it comes to talent management?
[IS]: It is certainly cause for more work and it can be as much a hindrance as it can be a catalyst for a great commercial opportunity. This all depends on the message that is being presented and we would just always urge clients to maintain the mantra ‘less is more’
[TP]: Which one actor from the past (i.e. now deceased) do you wish you had the opportunity to manage? And what brand would you have liked to pair them up to create your perfect campaign? Please give details on the product in question, shoot location and where/how the images would be distributed.
[IS]: Without a shadow of a doubt, I would want to manage Grace Kelly. My idol and icon. I think if she were around now; we would have to shoot a beautiful campaign for a luxury hotel Group like Belmond.
[TP]: What do you think is the secret recipe behind every super successful brand / talent partnership?
[IS]: No question: it’s got to be a creative collaboration with no surprises. No hidden last minute details of content or usage; but honest and transparent creative discussion from start to end.
[TP]: They say the ‘why’ is more important than the ‘what’ in life. So why do you do what you do?
[IS]: I remember spending a summer in London, aged 16 at National Youth Theatre and thinking for the duration of the induction; I was ‘quite good’ at acting. I swiftly realised at the end of the first day that the rest of my peers were about 1000% better than me, and I should head for the nearest exit.
[TP]: How do you think the world of talent management has changed in the last 50 years, and how do you see it changing over the next 50?
[IS]: Negotiating deals and taking notes and messages over the phone and via post – yikes! Old School!
[TP]: What part of your work makes you the happiest, and what aspect of work drives you regularly insane.
[IS]: My Colleagues and clients; it is a family affair and we spend our life together. I’ve worked with the same ultra-incredible team for 10 years now and it is just so supportive and collaborative. I am just so utterly happy, proud and thankful to work with them.
ON THE SPOT
Town or Countryside? Countryside (with easy access to the City)
Favourite city? Lovely London Town
Your perfect dinner guest, dead or alive? David Bowie
If you could learn a new skill it would be…? Dress making
The best meal you’ve ever eaten is? A homemade picnic on the grounds at Glyndebourne on a summers day
The one essential you can’t leave home without? Humous. One cannot go for more than 6 hours without humous
Pet hate? Phones at the table
Biggest extravagance? A course of Barry’s bootcamps that I chickened out of using
Favourite book? Greedily, I would take ‘a collection of short stories’ by Oscar Wilde
What would your gravestone read? Actually, I haven’t quite finished
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