Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Amy Hines, CEO of Hines Management, located in Toronto, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Hines Management is a boutique-style Talent Agency representing actors of all ages for Film, Television, Commercials, Print, and Voice over.

Tell us about yourself

After graduating from Humber College, I started working at a Talent Agency. After 2.5 years of learning the business, an opportunity came up to start my own agency. My motivation is seeing the success of so many of my actors over the last 23 years!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

So many agencies didn't survive SARS, and then when COVID hit, our industry was forced to shut down for many months. I'm proud that I was able to weather both and made changes that have made me even more successful today.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Our Industry is not 9 - 5 pm. There is work coming in at all hours of the day and night. Staying on top of everything requires working consistently every day on the business.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Delegate responsibilities. Don't try and take on everything at once.
  2. Build relationships with your customers, so they get to know you.
  3. Educate yourself on new ways of doing things.

Where can people find you and your business?


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