Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency, Inc.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Founded: 1982


Scott Harris and Howard Goldberg founded the boutique talent agency in California in 1982. In the nearly 30 years since, the company has expanded its client roster and offices, to include facilities in New York and Chicago.

Notable Products

  • Talent representation
  • Branding and licensing
  • Digital media strategies

What to Expect

Harris, president of the organization, a leadership board consisting of executive vice president Nevin Dolcefino, and eight vice presidents manage Innovative Artists. Headquartered in Santa Monica, IA operates an additional Los Angeles area office dedicated to film and television production clients. The Chicago location deals solely with voiceover talent and commercials, while the New York location takes in most literary clients, in addition to other business segments. In all, IA represents clients in eight primary categories: talent, literary, voiceover and commercials, beauty, hosting, alternative (reality programming), comedy, and production. In addition to performers and voice talent, the company lists to its roster professionals in the trades of producing, cinematography, production design, film editing, costume design, stunt coordination, second unit direction, and still photography.

More than 100 people are employed by Innovative Artists, including agents, assistants, trainees, and receptionists. On occasion, positions for office runners may also be available. New agents must undergo the agent-training program (mailroom), which is open to current agent assistants, and includes a structured experience designed to prepare new recruits for the responsibilities of taking over an agent’s desk. These are paid, full-time positions that may require some overtime. Responsibilities include the typical office tasks of rolling calls and answering correspondence, but also include mentorship and hands-on assignments that involve coverage on ongoing production projects. Innovative Artists accepts applications for the trainee program through e-mail at the Santa Monica and New York offices.

Interviews for entry-level and mid-level positions usually consist of at least two separate face-to-face conversations. You will interview with a senior representative of that office, then the senior manager in the specific area to which you are applying. IA prefers to hire those who are singularly driven to pursue a career in talent representation and may not consider those who are not inclined to make this a long-term career. The office vibe is trendy, but also professional and hectic; the dress code is generally business attire. Entry-level salaries can vary, but range between $450 and $525 per week, while agents can expect to make considerably more. Compensation is determined based on experience, as well as position.


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