Tiff profile

TSF 23 : Tiffany Agbeko – Comedy Talent Agent

Tiffany is a comedy agent representing some of the UK’s most exciting upcoming talent at John Noel Management.

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 Essential store cupboard ingredients?
Coconut oil, raw nuts, dark chocolate, tinned chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, maple syrup.

What’s in your handbag?
Too much stuff and it’s always too heavy. My meeting notebook and pen, a nakd bar, an umbrella, lip balm, tissues, plasters, water (I have turned into my Mum) and too many old issues of ES Magazine, Stylist and The Saturday Times magazine.

Why does your job matter to you?
I find recognising and breaking new talent so exciting and there is nothing more satisfying than persuading a casting director, producer, commissioner or PR that this person is special and worth showcasing in their latest project. Real comedy talent is rare and should be celebrated with the masses. It’s not a bad job in life to be a driving force in helping to make people laugh and enjoy themselves while helping those talent’s achieve their dreams and getting them well paid for it (eventually!)

Was there ever a time in your career where you thought ‘I’ve had enough?’
Yes, whenever a client leaves. When you put your heart and soul into somebody’s career. It’s part and parcel of being an agent and you have to protect yourself emotionally. My boss, John Noel has always said that if a client doesn’t appreciate what you have done or are doing for them and want to leave, then let them go as there is always new talent to break who will appreciate your graft. I didn’t always appreciate that and it has taken a long time to be confident in my ability but I get it now and he is right – as annoying as that may be(!)

Ask a question to the next inspiring  Three Six Fiver
“If it’s in your life plan, how do you plan to manage having children while remaining ambitious in your professional life?”

Recently discovered restaurant?
Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street in London W1. It is a very grand at deco french restaurant in a huge underground 1930’s building that’s like being transported to a Parisian brasserie. We couldn’t get in before 8.30pm on a Monday night, so book ahead.

Favourite shops?
Cookery Nook, a lovely little kitchenware shop in Blackheath. Zara for most of my wardrobe. Topshop on Oxford Street of course. ASOS purely for it’s premier delivery and returns service. Whole Foods, the shop whereby you spend at least £30 on every visit for a maximum of two items(!)

Best meal?
Chicken shish kebab, halloumi and hummus with toasted pitta bread infused with grilled meat juices at mine and Bright’s favourite restaurant called 19 Numara Bos Cirrik, in Stoke Newington. It’s nothing to look at from the outside but it’s like the Turkish restaurant version of “Cheers” (the famous American sitcom) where everybody knows your name and the food is bloody good and there are plenty of leftovers to take home.

Best way to wind down?
Taking my bra off(!)

Favourite hotel?
Uma by Como in Bali, Indonesia. We went there on our honeymoon. The best mix of tradition and modernity with the best service we have ever experienced at a hotel.

Favourite book?
Too hard to pick – a few of my recent favourites.. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler, How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, Julie Walters That’s Another Story, The Colour Purple by Alice Walker, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Enduring Love by Ian McKewan, The Twits by Roald Dhal.

Best piece of advice you’ve received?
At work – gold is valuable because it is rare. Treat talent like gold and do not overexpose them – the less they do, the more they are wanted, advice from my boss, John Noel.  In Life – A house is just bricks and mortar, a home is what you make it (just one of the many from my Mum and got me through many moving home situations for various reasons.)

What’s your cheapest and simplest beauty tip?
Coconut oil really does do everything – great at taking your makeup off, body and face moisturiser and as a hair mask for your split ends.

How can women help each other in the workplace?
I have developed some firm female friendships at work. Always have each other’s back. Collaborate and share new information and contacts. Take the time to be helpful and it’ll come back to you two-fold.

Music I’m  listening to?
It will always come back to Beyonce in her various guises and nineties/early noughties R&B.

If you could introduce a new subject/course to the national curriculum, what would it be and why?
More sex education, starting with all the different kinds of love and relationships from primary school age onwards.

What qualifications do you need in your industry?
You don’t to be honest, but I think experience and an understanding of TV/Radio Production would help you but just need a massive passion for what you are selling and that’s comedy talent in my instance.

Who has inspired you the most?
Too many to mention but here are a few – My Mum for showing me what unconditional love looks like. My Dad for showing me where ambition and hard work get you. My Husband for being my moral compass. My Brother for showing that you can ‘hate’ someone as a child and realise you love them as an adult. Lisa White, for making me adopt her inbox organisation methods that has made my working life so much easier than others. John Noel, my current boss for teaching me what to do by showing me what not to do, and always having a laugh, no matter what.

Who do you wake up to?
My husband Bright and the sun blinding my eyes. We haven’t gotten round to buying blinds yet. It will come down to whomever can’t stand it the most and buys them. Nobody wins in this game and I don’t know why we are playing it(!)

What would you delete from your CV?
I haven’t updated my CV since leaving University but it would have had The Duke of Edinburgh Award on it which we were all told to do because it would look good on our CV’s. What a load of bollocks(!) I don’t think my boss even looked at my CV and could have cared less that I had been to University. It worked out alright in the end though.