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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Cynthia Pett
    Co-owner, managing partner, Brillstein Entertainment Partners

    Pett has an eye for up-and-comers. The veteran talent manager has guided Brad Pitt’s and Courteney Cox’s careers from the very beginning. The 50-year-old is adept at maneuvering clients from TV to movies and back again. The next generation of Pett proteges: Elizabeth Olsen, who is shooting Oldboy with Josh Brolin; Garrett Hedlund, who next appears in On the Road; and Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson, who stars opposite Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: Right after college, I took a job as a receptionist at PMK and fell in love with the energy of the business, the people, the creativity. I knew then that working in entertainment was something I would enjoy doing.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Which schools my 11-year-old son is going to apply to for seventh grade.

    When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: Have dinner and relax with my [two] kids and be greeted by my dogs.

    Most surprising song on my iPod: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”

    Proudest moment this year: When I looked around my 50th birthday party and was surrounded by friends, some of whom I’ve known for more than 25 years.

    Best advice I’ve ever gotten: “No need to bullshit.” If your client or colleague doesn’t appreciate your honesty, then you shouldn’t be working together.

    When my relatives are confused about what I do, I tell them: I work with actors and directors and help get them jobs ... don’t make me explain it again.

    Top three shows on my DVR: Sons of Anarchy, Cougar Town and Modern Family.

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