Interaction with the entertainment industry - Positive and Negative feelings.
This is my perspective of the entertainment industry
What I am about to say doesn't apply to everyone. However, over the course of Country Music Vibe's history, I have communicated with some very interesting people. I say interesting, because I am using it in the most sensitive way possible. Hold on, this is my blog. The Editor - In - Chief can say whatever he wants too. Right? I hope so.
Anyways, you wonder who can be trusted. It seems like most people are looking out for their own interest. Yes, on the outside, they appear to be nice. They put on a mask or disguise to draw you in. Once they got you to verbally commit to something, then they will turn their back on you. Sometimes, you get people that just out right lie to you. They make promises, but they never stay true to their word. Unfortunately, I am not the only one to experience this. I have talked to artists, that feel like they have been taken advantage of. So they are afraid or hesitant to make any commitments.
At first, this seemed very odd to me. Then I got to know some very shady individuals. All of a sudden it started to come together. I thought back to previous conversations, and it all made sense. People are afraid of the individuals that are suppose to look out for their best interests. For one reason or another, an artist will then back away and look for another manager, publicist, or shrink. It starts the cycle over and over again. That is why some of these artists cannot catch a break. They need to be managed by someone that is going to look after the artists needs first.
I once found out, that an artist had in their contract to do a number of cover songs. Really??? Cover songs!!! You mean your manager is getting paid for you to cover songs, that you don't have legal rights to use? Ok, what am I missing? Something doesn't look right with this picture. I don't know how many times, I have warned artists to stay away from cover songs. If your manager feels that cover songs are a great marketing strategy, than find someone else. They are slowing your career down. Producers, labels, record companies, they do not want to hear cover songs. They want to hear what you can do on your own. Listen, you are not standing out from other artists, when you run on the same hamster wheel as the other artists. You get know where fast.
Ok, I am going to conclude this entry by stating the following: When you are looking for a manager, ask to look at their agenda for you personally. Not what they have done for other artists, but something that is tailored to your needs. Do not let them dictate to you, what you should be doing. Unless they have a category called FAST TRACK. Even if they do, still ask for the details. Request a list of artists that they currently manage and talk to them. Ask them how long they have been with this manager, and what are the pros and cons.
Don't get me wrong, there are some really great managers out there. I personally know some of them. However, there are some very shady people too. I hope you success in your endeavors.
Editor - In - Chief
Country Music Vibe