20 Under 30: Neil Kohan
LAist's "20 Under 30" series about interesting Angelenos under 30 continues with Neil Kohan. Unlike most moviegoers, Neil assesses a film's qualities more with his ears than his eyes. Neil works for Greenspan Artist Management, an agency for film composers. Neil works with agency principal, Anita Greenspan, to guide the careers of busy film composers like Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, The Royal Tenenbaums) and Marco Beltrami (I, Robot, T3, The Omen). Neil describes himself as "a talent agent that doesn't wear a suit and doesn't have a Blackberry, yet I have a picture of myself holding a client's Academy Award."
Age and Occupation:
28 y/o. Film Music Agent (-well, Manager. Both actually, but we'll get back to that later).
How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
18 years in the Valley. 6 years in the L.A. (currently: Burton Way between Robertson and Doheny).
Why do you live in Los Angeles?
After spending 4 years in college in the frozen, gray cold of Wisconsin (Madison), I realized I took LA for granted. I needed sunshine and color. Wisconsin is very white; the snow, the people. It can get boring fast, and LA has so many different ethnicities. The sun, food and diversity are what I like best about it.
How did you become an agent for film composers?
I emailed a music supervisor/KCRW DJ looking for a job as an assistant music supervisor. She wasn't looking for an assistant but her agent was. I was extremely lucky that the timing worked out so well. My boss and I make a great team, and she has given me so many opportunities. I owe her a lot.