The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 81

“No matter how talented you are, or how good looking you are, if you have a bad attitude, bad personality: nobody is gonna work with you”. TVM: What are the pros & cons of being an artist manager? A pro is that you are independent. You don’t necessarily have a ‘boss’ scrutinizing everything you do. You organize your own schedule. And you are able to do whatever you need to do. So whatever ideas you have you can go ahead and do these things without having to go through a board of committee or red tape. As long as you have the artist on your side and he agrees with your plan then you can move forward. That’s one thing, second thing is touring. It’s fun. It’s nice to tour (since I’m still young). I actually tour with Karl wherever he goes. So that’s fun ‘cuz I get to meet new people, go to different places and travel to new countries. The cons are kind of attached with the pros and kind of being on your own in a way. Because even though you don’t have a schedule, you can’t just go in the office, do you work and then shut off your computer at 5:00-6:00p.m. You’re always constantly working. So your mind is always working. So that can be tough, if you are trying to go on vacation or having personal/ family time. I would say that is the biggest con. TVM: Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself still managing artists, but those artists have evolved into bigger artists. I’m hoping to grow with the artists. Especially Karl, just because I’ve been with him and believed in him since day one. So I’d love to see that project (even though it’s doing amazing right now) grow even bigger. Where we will stadiums all over the world. TVM: What advice can you give, to up-and-coming artists looking for some career guidance and leadership and a manager? They need to persistent. Forget about the fluff and focus on the music. Forget about what kind of chains you have, or what kind of car you drive. What’s most important in this industry is the material that you are going to be releasing (your product) and I would say about 80% of your product is music, if not more. So make sure you work hard and release great music, the music will speak for itself. Everything else around that will just be fluff. TVM: What advice can you give to people who may be interested in an Artist Management career? Uhh...Yes I do (smiling). You gotta be organized and prepared for the worst. I really believe in Murphy’s Law “What can go wrong will go wrong’. So always prepare for the worst, be passionate about what you do and who you believe in. And if you’re looking for stability, don’t do this, go work in an office or the corporate world. Your work and success is really contingent on your artist’s performance so it’s definitely for someone who is adventurous and passionate about what you do. There might be some great months, and there might be some not-so-great months where you’re not touring and not really making money. So you need to take that into perspective before you get into this. 81