International Creative Management (ICM)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Founded: 1975

Website: http://icmtalent.com/

International Creative Management is a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of live performance, music, film, television, and publishing.


Notable Products

  • Literary Agent
  • Talent Agent
  • Represents creative designers and technicians
  • Producer of branded entertainment

 

What to Expect

ICM, as the agency is more commonly known, was formed through a merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Agency, and in 2006 acquired the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann literary agency. Headquartered in Los Angeles, ICM also operates offices in New York and London. The company is made up of seven divisions: motion pictures, television, concerts, publishing, theater, branded entertainment, and lectures. In addition to representing authors, actors, and musicians, ICM also signs stage directors, film directors, production designers, costume designers, assistant directors, editors, and other key creative professionals.

For those interested in pursuing a career as a talent agent, the standard path at ICM is to first learn the ropes through the trainee program, i.e. the mailroom. It is not a glamorous job, but like any agency, you are expected to work your way up from the bottom. The trainee program is designed to indoctrinate new employees into the ICM way of doing business and introduces greenhorns to the very hectic pace of the entertainment management industry. The expected monthly salary for this position is between $1,000 and $2,000 per month, with some overtime available. You can also expect to work an average of 10 hours per week. Other entry-level positions include sales assistant, finance assistant, and receptionist. Trainees who prove themselves in the mailroom may have the opportunity for promotion to agent’s assistant, thus receiving a modest increase in pay.  Graduation from assistant status is not guaranteed; many use their experience at ICM as a stepping-stone toward employment with production companies, major film studios, and other related enterprises.

Talent management is a highly competitive field; ICM seeks out candidates that not only have a driving passion for the entertainment industry but also possess a tireless work ethic. Only enthusiastic self-starters who operate well under pressure need apply. Entry-level positions require a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of administrative experience. A previous internship or assistant position with a media or entertainment employer is preferred. Applicants to any sector of ICM should have strong computer skills, be organized, and be highly analytical. A one-year commitment is typically required for all assistant positions.

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