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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Jessica Chou
    Brian Dow
    APA, Partner/ Board Director/ Head of Branded Lifestyle Division

    His client roster -- past and present -- is a virtual who's who of reality television (save for Alyson Hannigan). In addition to the never-ending expansion of the behemoth Kardashian brand, the Valencia, Calif., native (who started his career at UTA before heading to APA and was promoted to the latter's board of directors in October) was the driving force behind Bethenny Frankel's jaw-dropping $120 million Skinnygirl sale.

    INDUSTRY MENTOR: APA's Jim Gosnell. I remember venting to him about work, and he just looked at me. I thought, "Ah, I'm complaining to the wrong person." Every time I'm in his office, he's making a client deal, but he is still incredibly involved in the company. That's rare.

    BIG BREAK: Surviving Sharon Sheinwold's desk at UTA. She was really hard on me but always had my back. It was incredibly difficult, but I wouldn't give that up for anything.

    BEST ADVICE: Sue Naegle told me, "In this business, you hear everything, but you say nothing."

    10 YEARS AGO: I was still in college. After seven years, I crawled across the finish line at Cal State Northridge with a political science degree.

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: Expanding the Kardashian Kollection to 16 countries after launching one year earlier at Sears.

    CAN'T-MISS TV: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. That show has a lot of heart and a lot of underlying lessons about materialism. I don't know if it's intentional or not, but it's otherworldly.

    MOVIE FIX: Drop Dead Gorgeous with Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley and Allison Janney. The cast is amazing.

    BEST DAY: Selling Skinnygirl. It was one of my first big wins, and it's a good creation.

    WHEN I'M NOT WORKING: I'm hanging out at home with my three dogs: two French bulldogs and a Rottweiler.

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