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Meet Darcie Pulawa of Divergent Talent Management in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darcie Pulawa.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 15, started modeling, competing in pageants, auditioning for local commercials and traveling to LA for talent conventions. By 17, I taught tween workshops at a local talent agency. Two weeks after high school graduation, I relocated to Los Angeles to study fashion and pursue my acting career. Back then it was black and white headshots, gas station road maps, standing in long lines at auditions and an old pocket Nokia cell phone. I took years of acting classes and received an endless amount of rejection. I was a struggling bi-coastal actor, traveling to and from to chase the next gig. After seven years, I enrolled into a conservatory program to get proper training and enhance my skills.

One week after completing conservatory, I was booking jobs left and right, filling my actors resume with principal speaking parts. At that time, I was a Brand Ambassador and by stroke of luck, I was hired under Paramount Pictures and worked alongside some of the most prominent names in show business. Through a network of people, I interned at multiple talent management companies learning the other side of the business. That is when I realized that this is the key for actors in Hawaii. It was the missing link on bridging the gap between Hawaii and Hollywood. So I returned home to help other actors in the industry and teach them the business in the LA market. Within a months time, we were booking work and changing the Hawaii market. Currently, we have two offices in Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely, not! Launching a business is never a smooth road. Personally, the biggest challenge is balancing a family and pursuing a career in this industry. I am a mother of five children. Yes, five! Recently gave birth to identical twin girls in October 2018. I swear my life by planners, post its and expert time management skills. Lol. Planning, preparing and staying organized can be tough working in an industry that never sleeps. It is ever evolving and changes can occur at any time. It is anything but mundane. We are working in a fear-based industry where actors choose an age-old profession that is paved with poverty and despair. Many of us are pursuing our hearts desire and choosing an insecure career path that is least reliable. Resilience is required to persevere.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Divergent Talent Management – what should we know?
I am the founder of Divergent Talent Management specializing in managing actor, entertainer portfolios. Divergent Talent Management is the very first bi-coastal talent management firm in Hawaii and Los Angeles. We offer a diverse portfolio which focuses on helping our Asian and Polynesian community meet mainstream projects. We are bridging the gap between Hawaii and Hollywood. Our talent managers oversee the selection process of representing clients by selecting, developing, organizing and advancing their careers and educating them about how the entertainment business operates. We truly want to see our roster succeed so we go above and beyond for our client’s needs. Divergent is a member of the Talent Managers Association and the Television Academy, the people who bring you to the Emmy’s. Next month, we are gracing the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. One of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. We are active in the community and make sure that our networks bring value to our roster.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Success comes in so many shapes and forms and entails a long list of traits. Success isn’t given, it is earned through hard work, persistency, and commitment. At Divergent Talent, we coach and train our managers to be driven and self-reliant. To have patience and communicate effectively. To be honest and professional.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.divergenttm.com
  • Phone: 323-487-2082
  • Email: contact@divergenttm.com
  • Instagram: @divergenttalent
  • Facebook: @divergenttalentmanagement

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