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Meet Claire Frajnd of Exclusive Artists Management in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Frajnd.

Claire, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
While attending college at Northeastern University as an English major, French minor, I spent my summers interning for a variety of Entertainment/Beauty/Editorial industry positions. I interned at CurtCo Robb Media, LLC where I worked on the editorial Robb Report, and at Harris Shepard Public Relations where I worked on the O.P.I. and Murad accounts.

During this time, I also interned at Exclusive Artists Management, which manages the careers of celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists, stylists, and photographers. Upon graduating, the director of Exclusive Artists approached me to join the team. I was hesitant at first since I never really saw myself working at an agency, but then I realized that Exclusive Artists is so much more than that since we creatively pair artists with all aspects of the entertainment industry, whether it be cosmetic companies, editorial, celebrity, film, etc.

I have been with Exclusive Artists since 2007, and I am very proud to have risen from receptionist to assistant, to junior agent, to senior agent. I pride myself on having a predominantly female staff that I mentor and encourage to find their own voices and strengths in this business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This job has constant ups and downs on a daily basis. We are very invested in our artists’ careers, and when they get confirmed or released on a job, we also feel the corresponding emotions. I have had to get used to dealing with stressful, last minute situations in a calm and productive manner, which has taken me years to master.

This industry is also constantly evolving, whether it’s social media, beauty standards, trends, etc., and it is extremely important for us to stay at the forefront of all aspects.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Exclusive Artists Management – what should we know?
Exclusive Artists Management was founded in 2002, making us one of the original and longest standing hair and makeup agencies in Los Angeles.

We have a strong presence in Los Angeles and New York, and we work on all of the major film festivals in the world, including Toronto, Sundance, Venice, and Cannes. We provide first-rate hair, makeup, grooming, styling, and photography to our wide array of clientele, whether it be for celebrities, editorial, advertising, fashion, commercials, film, or red carpet events.

I, in particular, work closely with cosmetic brands to create authentic and long lasting partnerships with our artists. We pride ourselves on being a premier boutique agency that works as a team, both internally and with our artists.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Darin Barnes, the founder, and director of Exclusive Artists has been my biggest mentor. He saw potential in me before I saw it in myself and I will always be grateful for his support.

He encouraged me to find my own voice in this business and helped me learn my strengths, while always giving me his opinion when I needed it.

My EAM co-workers keep me sane on a daily basis; I am so lucky to love the people I work with. My artists who inspire me and trust me with their careers motivate me to be the best agent I can be.

Last but not least, my family, friends, and boyfriend give me the life/work balance that is so crucial to living a happy, well-rounded life; I love them all more than words can say.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 323-436-7766
  • Instagram: @exclusiveartists

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