EXCLUSIVE: Here’s more proof that there’s life after Hollywood. At the age of 43 (yesterday), she’s going back to her real name of Elisa Hallerman and into a new profession as a licensed drug and alcohol counsellor after 15 years as a successful talent agent handling TV and movie stars. She started as an assistant and rose to become a UTA partner and co-head of the talent department that handled marquee comedy talents like Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Owen Wilson, and Ben Stiller. In 2008, she left UTA and joined Endeavor as a partner. After the takeover of William Morris Agency, she continued as a tenpercenter at the combined WME. For the past year she’s been planning her transition out of the agency biz and now she’s decided this week is her last at WME. “She’s following her heart,” one of her pals tells me. That’s because she’ll be using her professional experience in the service business and her life experience with close to a decade of sobriety to start a case management business for the drug/alcohol dependent as well as run a sober living home for young male addicts.
Trained as an attorney, Hallerman is in the process of studying at UCLA to become a licensed drug and alcohol counsellor. She is starting Hally Consulting designed to give expert guidance and compassionate support to the addict and his/or significant others with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. She also is running Hally West, a sober living house in Santa Monica with nine beds primarily for young adult men ages 18-30. “I feel so lucky and blessed to have had the career I have had, to work with the talent and colleagues I’ve worked with, that I feel nothing but gratitude,” Elisa tells me today. “But I feel like I’m at a time in my life where I want to continue to grow and have my life get bigger. This felt like the natural next phase for me. Now I’ll be able to incorporate the relationships and knowledge I have gained over 15 years in the service business and go from a place of advocating for people’s careers to building and guiding their lives and recovery.”
I hope everyone in Hollywood wishes her well. No nasty comments, please.