Annie Schwartz was born into the business, her mother a talent manager, and father a producer/director. At the age of 17, Annie began working as an assistant at a boutique talent agency, while she finished high school. Annie learned hands on how to run an office, nurture clients, read material, pitch clients and make deals and discovered a true passion for the process. Making a difference in people’s lives and being a huge fan of the business, Annie got the unique opportunity to be selected to the associate producers program at paramount studios, and worked on the legendary Garry Marshall sitcom, “happy days.” This unique experience was a complete reverse of the agency business, which gave her a powerful perspective on the entertainment industry. Managing a client’s career was more than a job it was a journey.
Two years later, she was hired by Nicole David, one of the owners of Triad Artists, which became one of the most powerful agencies of its time. Working with Jenny Delany in the television department, where Annie witnessed hands on the start of many of today’s superstars, including, Bruce Willis, Mariska Hargitay, William Hurt, and many more. It was at Triad that Annie first met Judy Schoen, who had been an agent there. Taking a few years off to have her three children, Annie returned to her agency roots, and was hired by Judy Schoen & associates. After working at JS&A for a year and a half, Annie opened up her own agency with a partner. They combined genuine enthusiasm and energy for the business and a similar work ethic and origin was born. Eleven years later, origin has diversified its talent agency. Origin represents actors, producers, writers, directors and hosting, along with reality television shows.