Diary of a Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B Fan/Relentless Hustler…continuation…
By Steve Clenor, BA, MSMS
There's no way around it, if you're an entertainment industry hopeful, networking and making connections are your only option to gain notoriety. Entertainment is truly an industry where no one can make it or become a success by themselves without the interaction with the people that are either already doing it or know what directions to point you to. Don't get me wrong, this is not the same as waiting for someone to come along that will hand you the biggest connections in the industry and voila, you're a success. No, what I'm talking about is putting yourself out there and doing the leg work that it takes to go from an unknown in the industry to someone recognized. I feel obligated to mention that recognition without a strong brand does not last. Think about all the one-hit-wonders whom came and went, they did not have a strong foundation/brand behind them. It is best to build your brand up in a way that it will having staying power. Basically, not here a brand that's here today and forgotten tomorrow. To achieve this, you not only need to make connections, you'll want to make good connections with people whom are not just building a brand for themselves, but also care about their reputation. In my humble opinion, it's better to not have connections at all rather than make the wrong connection whom not only take monetarily from your company, but also waste your time and put your company further in the lost. Give yourself a chance to grow your brand for others to take you seriously. People and companies whom would not have paid my brands (Relentless Hustler and Blackhefner) any attention a year-ago are now contacting me, not the other way around. Take your time, nothing that's worth having happens overnight.
Be mindful of those who offer you the keys to the magic kingdom, but never been there themselves, and even worse, they have no idea who you are and what you bring to the table. What they ask you to do is go to their PayPal and send in a payment for a service that they will provide to you in the future concerning your music, modeling, acting, clothing, label, etc., yet they never even heard or seen your work. Don't get over-excited at someone's supposed approval of your work enough to be fooled into giving away your hard-earned money, while getting nothing in return. Quick example, I have a very big company in the music industry that completely lost my trust and respect. I sent in one of my featured artist's first video about a 18-months-ago when I was first learning some of the tactics of the game. The video was to be included in a showcase that supposedly would be judged by experts and a&r panel. I received a message about two-ours later after sending the email that my video had been accepted into the showcase. Now, here is the kicker, the email stated that I would need to pay three-hundred-dollars for the video to be shown at the event. Now, I don't claim to be a genius, but my mother didn't drop me on my head several times as a baby neither. So, after I did my research, I found out that this was a common practice by this company and from previous participants in this showcase, I was told basically not to waste my money. Now, it has been almost 2-years since I sent in this video and on a weekly basis, I receive an email letting me know that my video has been accepted and here is the link to make my payment. This was just an example of crooked companies out there whom are only out to take your hard-earned money and also an example of a supposedly good connection that could of turned out to be a disaster for me had I not done the leg-work to find out about what I was being offered. Not every opportunity is a good opportunity and not every connection is worth your time and money. By the same token, continue to work to build your brand to where down the road companies and people that are actually part of the industry will become part of your network.
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