Hollywood's Business Managers
Many of Bell's Hollywood clients are twentysomethings who star in hot TV shows and buzzworthy films. As a result, Bell, who started his New York firm in 1985, sees himself as a business manager-cum-father figure, coaching responsibility and negotiating sometimes-frivolous requests, knowing a client's career can easily turn cold. ("Generally, if I said no to every request, I'd be right 95 percent of the time," he says.) At the same time, he's careful, knowing that any refusal could make a client even more determined to get what he or she desires.