Music and radio industry trades have always had the propensity to focus on the successful aspects of our industry; corporate moves, management, acquisitions, and music. I think it is also our responsibility (or at least my own) to give back and to teach younger people how to navigate the unpredictable industry waters. It’s not always about money sometimes it’s just about
hits and likes, I mean, giving back. (lol)
Quite often, I get calls from young black radio talent around the country asking me how to handle some of the things that I’m about to list. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to mentor a lot of people but I do try to communicate via phone or email with younger industry people on a regular basis as long as they are not asking me for rent money.
These are some of the things that will help steer your career in the right direction more efficiently. These are also the things that I’ve seen people in my generation either ignore or simply be ignorant to that ended up costing them BIG later on. Big as in houses, cars, jewels and even their lives. Please note a career in the industry is not promised. No other trade gives a damn about your career but I do (because I know you may be in a position to hire me 10 years from now when all of my generation is out. (I’ve never been stupid, but I have been broke and I didn’t like that sh).
I’m going to offer you 10 ways to save time money and frustration to quickly grow your career in the industry and to prosper. I sincerely hope this information helps you and that you will pass it around on your social networks to help others like you, in and out of the industry because the first rule is … to get back you have to give back, unintentionally and out of pure consideration of course.
Focus on Passion
It is very easy to get caught up in the BS of a Radio station. My advice is to focus on your craft and your passion and keep improving, the better you are, the more likely it is to ascend the ladder more quickly. The industry has a disdain for troublemakers and gossip mongers and word spreads fast on them and they disappear never to be heard from again. The people that I have known who were like this were always the FIRST to go. Stay in your lane and avoid oncoming traffic and accidents. Click NEXT above or below for next segment