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Meryl Hoffman – Talent Agent/ Co-Founder of Three Six Five Club

No 5  Meryl  is the owner and managing director of MHM – a London based talent management agency. She lives in North London with her fiance Adam.  She is constantly searching for the elusive work/life balance and limiting her daily intake of Liquorice All-Sorts(!)

MERYL NEW GRID

Who inspires you and why?

What’s the biggest challenge your industry faces?

Braver commissioning, channels and commissioners need to start taking bolder decisions and backing new talent. It can be extremely frustrating when developed talent do not have the opportunity to showcase themselves.

 What are your staple wardrobe brands?

Zara, H&M, Banana Republic, TopShop

Who would you invite to your perfect dinner party (dead or alive)?

 Robin Williams for fantastic humour & warmth, Stephen Fry for brilliant conversation and wit, Lena Dunham in the hope we would become firm friends,  Adam, my fiance as he would be furious if I told him about this dinner AFTER it happened, Diane Keaton as I think she’s fabulous and Jimmy Fallon for general festivity and merriment – plus, he can bring ‘The ROOTS’  (his house band) for music.

What’s your cheapest and simplest beauty tip?

Cotton buds, as a big fan of the winged eyeliner – I think it’s impossible to do without the aid of a ‘touch up’ bud after. Also, Boots Tea-Tree face scrub, is the one I keep coming back to.

How did you achieve your current role?

Started working in TV as a runner for a production company called Princess Productions. Learnt as much as I could about all aspects of the industry and then became an agent’s assistant. After working hard, I was able to start looking after some upcoming talent and learn more about the financial and contractual side of agenting. Then I moved to another company and was thrown into the deep end representing higher profile clients, daunting at the time but it proved to be invaluable, really made me step up and gain confidence. Worked as an entertainment agent at John Noel Management for 4.5years, then decided to leave and begin a new challenge – starting a talent division at a PR company called DawBell. After 2 years, it felt time to strike out on my own, with fantastic supportive clients behind me, I set up MHM LTD in 2013.  I feel fortunate to have had great support from family and friends who have listened through all the highs and lows(!)

What would you have told yourself five years ago?

To believe in myself more, not to sweat the small stuff and PATIENCE. I remember feeling so panicked about certain ‘problems’ that would occur during a day and over-think scenarios, sometimes waiting for something to play out is the best thing. Tomorrow is another day!

Best meal?

CATCH in New York – inside the Meatpacking District. Was absolutely fantastic, beautifully cooked fish and seafood. Still think about that taste now – need to go back for a second helping!

Has anyone left you star struck?

Meeting Sir Paul McCartney

What’s your daily uniform?

Black jeans, ankle boots and then either a jumper or shirt/blazer depending on who i’m meeting. I also love jewellery, usually a couple of gold necklaces are layered onto any outfit.

What are you most proud of

That I decided to strike out on my own and start a new business, 3  years down the line and still standing. Also, I’m proud of my relationship with my fiance -we both run our own businesses and continually try to get the right work/life balance and support each other.

Music I’m listening to?

Lake Street Dive, John Legend, Jessie Ware, Bon Iver, Disclosure, Clean Bandit & Kendrick Lamar.

What would you delete from your CV?

Nothing, I would like to think even the strangest jobs/work experience helped with contacts and skills. 

Most treasured trinket?

My engagement ring

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