Image courtesy of Alec Shankman
Ever wonder how your favorite would-be-suitors on ABC’s The Bachelor or Bachelorette go from their ordinary lives to a life lived in the glare of national television? Alec Shankman has the answer. As former CEO of GotCast.com, a premier casting site and social network for entertainment talent, Alec had a hand in making television history. An Ohio transplant, Alec launched his L.A. career in 2003 at the Abrams Artists Agency. It was there that he piloted the agency’s incredibly successful Alternative Programming Department. GotCast.com became a reality for Alec in 2009 where he helped outfit the hottest reality t.v. shows from Project Runway to Big Brother. Currently, Alec is Co-Head of Alternative Programming and Digital Media at Kaplan Stahler Agency where he represents a number of personalities. Despite the rigorous demands of a career he loves, Alec recognizes the importance of cultivating downtime by feeding one of his other passions: travel. On any given weekend you might find Alec unplugged in the gorgeous areas that dot his native California coastline or in the coming year, taking in the amazing sights and culture of Thailand or Greece.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?
Driven, Creative, Loyal
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My mom rocks. She has dedicated her entire life and soul to raising her four sons. I’ve never seen anyone give more of themself than she has for us. She’s amazing.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
I have three goals in life. 1) To change the world for the better 2) To live a life free of any financial limitations 3) To meet a great girl with whom I can raise a happy, healthy family
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud to have taken the risk in moving to Los Angeles from Ohio with no job, no network of friends/family waiting for me, and no money in the bank – and to have subsequently created 10 years of incredible experiences and memories in this incredible city. And the journey has barely just begun.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
I find confidence incredibly sexy in a girl.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be married, a father, and running a business that I love.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
I want to travel the world with someone I love.
Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?
Harry Abrams. Harry hired me at Abrams Artists Agency within mere days of me moving to Los Angeles when I was just a kid. He gave me a shot when no one else would. He then continued to invest me and have faith in me for years to come as I built my career in the entertainment industry. He taught me much of what I know about being an agent and maneuvering this crazy town. I consider him a friend, a mentor, and an incredible entrepreneur.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
The biggest risk I’ve taken is when I sold all of my possessions and moved to Los Angeles on nothing but a dream. It taught me not to be afraid and that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard in life.
What is one stereotype about men that isn’t really true?
Contrary to popular belief, even the most ‘alpha’ of males need to have a loved one with whom to share success for any of it to have real meaning.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor