Laura Engel, one half of boutique film music powerhouse Kraft-Engel Management, loves her job to the point that she arouses career envy. And with good reason. With a client list that includes Alexandre Desplat (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Unbroken,” “The Imitation Game”), Danny Elfman (“Big Eyes”), Marco Beltrami (“The Homesman”) and John Powell (“How to Train Your Dragon 2”), the composers she and Richard Kraft rep are perennially in the awards conversation. Engel also spends a lot of time in her Sherman Oaks, Calif., office, so much time, in fact, that it’s essentially her home away from home. “I work long hours until 8 or 9 p.m.,” she says. “When I’m not traveling I’m just here.”
INSEPARABLE: The French doors between Engel and Kraft’s offices keeps them perpetually connected. “We leave them open so there’s direct communication,” she says. “We cut a hole in the wall to put them in.”
TASTE FOR VINTAGE: While Kraft is an avid collector of memorabilia (original hand-painted panels from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride adorn the office entryway), Engel is more of a classicist, adorning her own personal office space with antique leather-upholstered chairs and a vintage desk with inlaid emblems, selected by best friend and interior decorator Dian Bethune Coble.
PERSONAL MEMENTOS: Virtually everything that’s framed and/or hanging on the walls in Engel’s office has a story behind it, whether it’s signed pieces of sheet music from Desplat (“The King’s Speech”), Philip Glass (“The Hours”) or Elfman (“Edward Scissorhands”), or a framed $1 million royalty check made out to “Frozen” composer Christophe Beck. Another cherished item is a photograph of her late father-in-law, Louis C. Blau, of Loeb & Loeb, who was Stanley Kubrick’s attorney for 45 years. Both are shown on the set of Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “I learned a lot from Lou,” says Engel. “He was more than just a lawyer to his clients. He was a mentor, partner, guru.”
THE WEST IS THE BEST: “In every office I’ve ever had I’ve always insisted that I have windows facing west,” says the fashionable Engel, “because I love to see the sunset, and I’m always in my office after sunset, regardless of the time of year.”