Isabel Echeverry had a vision many years ago while working at ICM to help Latinos make it in Hollywood. She has a self-described gift of connecting people and lifting them up. Cut to 10 years later and her vision is now a reality. Echeverry founded Kontakto and now represents some of Hollywoods top Latin actors and entertainment companies.

Kontakto represents Emmy Award winner Sandra Vidal (Rica, Famosa, Latina), Vivian Lamolli (Warner Studios’ The Latin From Manhattan and Hulu’s original East Los High), Eddie Martinez (Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico), Gabriel Tarantin (EL Baron on NBC/Telemundo), Natasha Perez (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mario Ponce (Mi Tu’s Cholo World), and Briana Roy (Reclaim, Recovery Road) just to name a few.

Echeverry dropped by the MIH studio where she patiently waited for me to address some technical issues so we could begin our interview. And I’m so glad she did because our conversation was lively and full of great advice for latinos and non-latinos in the industry. Actors will appreciate this conversation the most because generously gave me advice on getting out of a non-booking rut that I think everyone will appreciate. It’s not often you get to hear inside tips on auditioning, and industry trends straight from a manager who’s in the thick of it.

It’s her generous spirit that has also helped her company grow. Kontakto currently has two films in pre-production, Bella and Aura.  The thriller feature film, Bella is produced by The Conjuring creators/producers Carey & Chad Hayes and Miles Hardy. Director Dylan Hayes is attached and the film is being packaged by CAA and slated to release in 2020.  Echeverry’s novel titled “Being Bella: Three Times Cursed” will be published simultaneously with the release of the filmHorror flick Aura is produced by Lucidity Entertainment and helmed by UTA’s James Moran. The much-anticipated films are also produced under the Kontakto slate and will star some of Hollywood’s top-tier talent.  In May 2019, it developed and produced True Exorcisms, a television documentary series which was an official selection at NATPE’s Omni Cultural Television Festival at the Egyptian Theatre.

And she’s risen to prominence as a manager while being a mom of three. She started her company 10 years ago just months after giving birth. She says her husband was instrumental in helping her succeed by helping at home and with the business. He is now her partner in all things Kontakto as well.

Even though there is a lot on her plate and her company is growing, she tells me she still has plenty of big ideas for her clients and this business. And I for one will definitley be cheering her on. You can find out more information about Kontakto Isabel Echeverry at kontaktoreps.com.