Players: The agent
Leslie Siebert, senior managing partner, Gersh Agency
By Robert Moritz and the editors of InStyle

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - They may not be on any Walk of Fame, but without them, stars wouldn't be either. A look at the folks who find the jobs, make the deals, and handle the media exposure so those they represent stand out from the crowd.

Leslie Siebert, senior managing partner, Gersh Agency

Clients: David Arquette, Catherine Keener, Debra Messing, David Schwimmer, Kyra Sedgwick, Michelle Williams

These pros navigate the byzantine financing schemes, courtship rituals with producers and studios, and media placement essential to 21st-century moviemaking.
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What do you do? An agent's primary job is to get actors jobs. I'm involved with all the things that involve the client creatively. I also work with the lawyer to make the deals.

Major in college? Communications at UCLA.

What personality traits should a good agent have? Patience, aggressiveness, not taking no for an answer. Intelligence - being able to determine what's good material and what isn't.

What stresses you out about your job? What doesn't?

Best way to land a client? Passion.

Worst technique? Being a pest.

Gadget you can't live without? My BlackBerry. It's a blessing and a curse.

Work uniform? Levi's with Manolo Blahniks, a T-shirt, a Chanel jacket or Hermès sweater. I have about 25 Hermès bags.

What would you never be caught dead wearing? Anything with color.

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