Professor Jonathan Shalit, OBE is founder and chairman of ROAR Global, the UK’s biggest independent talent agency. He is also a regular adviser to the government on the UK’s entertainment industry. Credited with igniting the careers of some of the UK’s best entertainers, he has worked with many of the biggest names in the business, including Sir Elton John, Kelly Brook, Katherine Jenkins, Myleene Klass and Baroness Karren Brady. Shalit was awarded an OBE in 2014 for his services to the entertainment industry. www.roarglobal.com
1. What was your biggest career break?
Working with the late Sir George ‘Beatles’ Martin.
2. Have you had a notable mentor – and if so what was it about them that was so inspiring?
Baroness Karren Brady. Karren is able to simplify important business decisions and to get straight to the crux of the matter. Also being lucky enough to watch Simon Cowell close up in LA editing a TV show or making a record is awe-inspiring and something few get to see.
3. What one piece of advice would you give to the 20-year-old you?
Learn, network and be the best at your craft.
4. What qualities to do you look for in the people you work with?
People who know things which I may not. In interviews I always ask the candidate what extra they can bring to my company, not how they can simply do what we already do.
5. Who do you admire and why?
Steve Jobs – he changed our world and with it the shape of all our lives.
6. What does the future of your career look like?
Exciting. My business is now the biggest independent talent management agency in the UK and our footprint is going global.
7. If you hadn’t chosen your current career, what would you have done instead?
I really don’t know. I’m lucky enough to be doing what I absolutely love what I do and consider myself lucky and privileged to work with the people I do.
8. What is your biggest extravagance?
Travelling at the front of a plane and staying in 5 star hotel suites.
9. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and why? (you can invite three people – they must be alive)
President Obama, Rupert Murdoch and Tim Cook. People influencing the destiny of the world.
10. What do you do to relax away from work?
Chill with Katrina, Sofia and Jessica – my wife and daughters.
11. If you could change one thing about Britain today, what would it be?
Change the resentful attitude that often seems to be directed at those who succeed and at wealth creators. People forget that successful people create wealth for us all.
12. What would your last meal be? (please choose a starter, a main course and a pudding)
Foie gras to start, followed by traditional English Sunday roast beef for the main and then the sticky toffee pudding from the Ivy to finish off.