Alumni Spotlight: Kendra Okereke

Kendra Okereke

As an assistant at ICM, what exactly does your position entail?

My position entails lots of note taking and rolling calls! My boss negotiates deals for Below the Line talent to work on feature films. It’s my job to make sure we negotiate all deal points, draw up deals memos and schedule meetings for our clients as well as my boss.

What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job?

The most challenging I would say would be working with difficult personalities. Not everyone in Hollywood is nice and not everyone gives you the amount of respect you deserve as an assistant. The most rewarding would have to be talking to our clients. We rep some pretty big people like Emmanuel Lubezki, Milena Canonero and Roger Deakins. Roger actually invited the assistants in our department to a screening and Q&A that he was giving of “Sicario”. We got to talk to him afterwards and that’s a story I will be telling my grandchildren. It’s worth it to meet your heroes and the people who inspired you to get started in the industry in the first place.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned – as a student or young professional?

There are seven ways to do everything. If something doesn’t work the first time, try, try and try again. If you are persistent, you will figure it out.

If you were an undergraduate student again, is there anything that you would do differently?

I would definitely get more involved in the Office of Multicultural Affairs to let students of color who are interested in film and entertainment know the resources Syracuse has to offer.

What is your favorite Newhouse LA memory?

10 girls cramming into a small apartment at the Oakwoods trying to get ready for the Creative Arts Emmys. The Emmys were so much fun, I got to meet Seth Green!