Cara Lewis, music agent, CAA

Written on:December 13, 2013
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Women’s Impact Report 2012: Agents & Managers

Jaime Netzer

In January, CAA’s music department got significantly more lively when Lewis moved to the agency after 23 years at WME, bringing with her such high-profile artists as Eminem, Ne-Yo, T.I., the Roots and Lupe Fiasco. After her move to CAA, she signed Kanye West — he had been without an agent since her departure from WME. She was also key in the development of the Watch the Throne tour with West and Jay-Z, the highest-grossing hip-hop tour worldwide of 2011. She continues to develop emerging acts such as Chip tha Ripper, Chance the Rapper, Angel Haze, Travis Scott, Cyhi the Prynce.

What we should know: “The industry is not all glitz and glamour. The business requires a true commitment, but you do it because you love it and you’re passionate about it . It’s about the end result and making it happen for your client. Being behind the scenes can be as rewarding as being in the spotlight.”

Words of wisdom: “The key to success in this business is tenacity, ethics, creativity, resourcefulness and perseverance. Never take no for an answer!!”

Phone on vacation?: “Absolutely. I don’t think I could fathom taking a vacation without remaining close to my business.”

Life-work balance: “I can’t say that I’ve found that perfect balance yet. It’s a constant work in progress.”

Charitable passions: “I am a big fan and supporter of two philanthropic organizations. The first is Dress for Success ( because I firmly believe that disadvantaged women should have the attire, support network and career development tools to thrive in their work and life. The second charity I am passionate about is called Little Kids Rock ( This organization partners with school districts to develop instrument donation programs, train teachers on how to teach music and provide the resources necessary to deliver a program that covers all styles of music.”


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