9 March 2012 9:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Jim Wilhelm is glad he's not an actor anymore. A principal talent agent with the New York City–based Douglas, Gorman, Rothacker & Wilhelm Inc., he loved acting and fondly recalls performing in community theater as a young man. Indeed, Wilhelm is still a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, having earned his union card at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. But he never pursued a stage career because of debilitating audition anxiety. "Still, I wanted to work in the theater and be good at what I did," he says.To judge by his roster of clients, Wilhelm has scored. The actors he has repped include Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, Lainie Kazan, Stephanie Zimbalist, Sharon Gless, Lea Salonga, Alice Ripley, Elaine Paige, Harry Groener, Kathleen Chalfant, John Rubinstein, Douglas Sills, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Choosing talent is always tricky, but Wilhelm is a strong believer in trusting his instincts, regardless of changing. »

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