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Creative Direction

Artist Management

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We work with a wide variety of talent. Click on the thumbnail to learn more.


Built on integrity and a passion for the arts, we are committed to the highest standard of artist development and talent representation. Using a proactive approach, we will create opportunities while cultivating lasting relationships with our talent and clients alike.

Carissa Atkinson: Founder | Artist Manager

Carissa Atkinson

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Creative Direction Artist Management, based in Pittsburgh, PA, was founded in 2015 by Carissa Atkinson. CDA Management is a full-service artist management company specializing in the music industry. We also represent a variety of talent in the areas of comedy, film/television, and modeling.

Carissa graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management. Her interest in talent representation began with an internship at The Talent Group, where she gained valuable insight into the entertainment business. As a student volunteer and scholarship recipient, Carissa attended several Performing Arts conferences during her career at Point Park, which ultimately led to her position as an Artist Manager for River City Artists Management.  Carissa also enjoys working with local organizations such as iCandy, Impulse Pittsburgh, and The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival.

When Carissa began her degree, she planned to move to Los Angeles upon graduation to pursue a career in artist management. However, as time passed and Pittsburgh’s entertainment scene began to grow, she saw the need for artist management grow as well. In addition to an emerging film and television industry, the local music scene and comedy circuit have also been on the rise. Recognizing the void in representation for various talent, Carissa formed CDA Management to fulfill the need for talent representation and artist development in several areas of the entertainment industry.

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CDA Management is not considering new artists at this time.  We will update our website when we are once again accepting artist submissions.

For general inquiries, please fill out our contact form and we will respond within 48 hours.

Thank you! 

Carissa Atkinson, Founder