Next Gen 2011: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars
In 1999, right after he moved to L.A. from Chapel Hill, N.C., where he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, golf fanatic Voorhees, 34, rather appropriately had one of his first internships with Robert Redford's Wildwood Enterprises as the company was prepping The Legend of Bagger Vance. Positions with manager Tom Parziale and 3 Arts Entertainment followed, the latter of which moved Voorhees to Manhattan in 2003 with the mandate to "go out and sign funny people." During the next two years, Voorhees, who is married, scouted such fresh talent as Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, Zach Galifianakis and Paul Scheer. He compares his time there to "the sweet spot of Second City" in Chicago. He eventually returned to L.A., joining Principato Young in 2007. Along with Helms, Scheer and Will Arnett, Voorhees reps actor-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) and director David Wain (Wanderlust). He sees the key to managing comedy talent in 2011 as "understanding the different marketplaces, sitting down with clients and figuring out the best platform for the idea to succeed." Voorhees' passion for golf has infiltrated his work again in one way: In his office hangs a vintage sign that reads "No Mulligans." "It's very apropos for our business," he says. "There are no take-backs."