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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Sharon Jackson
    Partner, agent, WME

    It has been a very good year for Jackson's clients. Jonah Hill earned an Oscar nom for Moneyball and commercial success in MGM's 21 Jump Street. Will Arnett, star of NBC's Up All Night, also is shooting the Netflix reboot of Arrested Development. Emmy nominee Amy Poehler still is flying high on Parks and Recreation. Jackson's other star clients include Sacha Baron Cohen, Jack Black, Charlie Kaufman, John C. Reilly and Jason Segel.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I emerged from the womb with a primal urge to trade calls with Scott Rudin.

    Who gave me my first big break: [WME agent] Elyse Scherz. She was being promoted to agent and let me take over for her as Marty Bauer's assistant.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Guided meditation.

    Totally starstruck around: Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Never put anything in writing. Also, keep a diary."

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