Urban Magazine June 2017 - Page 51

What did you do once you regained your inner strength? I knew that I had to use the collapse as a learning experience to move forward in life. I also knew that I had a lot of talent and a great imagination. I just really started to apply myself. My will to survive and to win went through the roof. I refused to allow myself to be limited to just my singing talent. That’s a remarkable and inspiring story. We are grateful that you shared it. It was a tough situation, but it was the foundation of me becoming a better me. People think rock bottom has to do with money. Rock bottom is being mentally defeated. You can be rich and still hit rock bottom mentally. We didn’t have any money so I got hit with both. The money part was gone. We only had advances and we burnt through them. Mentally, I felt like I was a failure. I was at an all-time low. I discovered something about myself. I discovered that life doesn’t have to be complicated. There’s a joy and a sense of peace and learning how to live with and work with less. Having less is actually good. If you can do things with less, imagine what you could do with more. In what way did your experiences as an artist, prepare you for becoming a talent manager and executive? When you are the artist, you know how you want things to be. I have been signed to University/Interscope Records and University/Motown Records. I have seen two different major label systems. As an artist, I was able interact and develop relationships with video directors, stylists, publicists, producers and a wide range of executives in the industry. I was blessed to have experience do many different things that I can now use to benefit my clients. You have accomplished a lot within the music industry, tell us about some of your other endeavors. I worked in reality television. I set up an historical shoot for VH1’s Love & Hip Hop’s Karlie Redd. I closed the deal with Playboy where she joined the ranks of Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss. We had VH1 come out and film the shoot and it aired on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. That was really cool. I even had a small cameo. I recently closed a fragrance deal and a Playboy Radio deal for Rosa Acosta. Why have so few artists from the 90’s found success or a way to stay relevant after their singing careers ended? I learned that life is more like a book with several chapters. I realized that you can’t stay on the same page forever. Some people get caught up on the first chapter of their lives. They could be fifty-years-old and still trying to record a demo, doing the same thing they were doing when they were nineteen-years-old. At some point, you have to know when something is not going to work out. Some people never tap into the other parts of who they are so they are limited as far as opportunities go. They kind of cripple themselves by believing that the one thing they are doing is the only thing the can do. - BE’N ORIGINAl URBAN | 51