Carole Kinzel
Carole Kinzel

Agent, Creative Artists Agency

Coachella Champion
Carole Kinzel of Creative Artists Agency ranks among the leading agents of all time from either gender. Take, for example, the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., where Kinzel is widely recognized for her critical support in its early days and ongoing contributions to the lineup. Coachella 2012 featured Kinzel clients Radiohead, Florence & the Machine and the Rapture, as well as such breaking acts as We Are Augustines and Band of Skulls.

My Mentor: Kinzel says she has been blessed with many mentors, but when pressed to name one comes up with industry veteran Alex Hodges, now CEO of Nederlander Concerts. "He had a vision for me before I had a vision for myself. He is as important to me now as a businesswoman and a friend as he was when we met over 30 years ago. Whether we are talking about business or one of life's lessons, Alex always keeps me on the right track."

Far beyond the California desert, this past year Kinzel helped orchestrate the strategy behind Radiohead's North American run, which was one of the most successful tours of 2012. Kinzel has been instrumental in building Florence & the Machine's touring profile, this year helping them move from 2,000-seat theaters in the spring to 20,000-seat venues this fall. And with Kinzel there's always more to come. New Order, whose first U.S. tour since 2005 sold out in seconds, is set to return for a more extensive run in 2013. Also on tap for early next year are tours by clients the Cure, Atoms for Peace, Matchbox 20 and Lana Del Rey. Blessed with savvy instincts and great ears, Kinzel can identify and develop emerging talent at the earliest stages, with acts like Florence & the Machine, Del Rey, Deap Vally and T. Mills all signed by Kinzel prior to having U.S. record deals. Kinzel also continues to work with such established acts as Melissa Etheridge, George Michael, Tori Amos, Tears for Fears, Corinne Bailey Rae, Crosby Stills & Nash, Maroon 5, Jackson Browne and Lifehouse.-RW