Having been around this cesspool of the music industry a couple times now has really allowed me to gain some perspectives that I definitely didn’t have going in.
Having been on the receiving end of bad business and ethical practices as well as having many very strong business friendships has led me to examine the relationships I build and the work i choose more closely.
here are some thoughts that seem like common sense issues, but are rarely adhered to.
Do good business with people. This means keep your word. Be straight forward. Be on time. Help people whenever you are able, but if you are not able to help, let them know. Living in grey areas are not good business practices.
Be very clear about compensation and responsibilities. If you are investing your sweat equity or capital into someones brand, or if someone is investing in your brand, then define the relationship on paper. This will prevent potential misunderstandings and save relationships.
Follow you gut. If you are a leery of someone but do not have cause to be……..BE LEERY of them. Dont wait for the facts to reveal themselves. Stay guarded with those individuals.
Trust is a beautiful thing, but it must be earned over time. Once trust is breeched it will almost never return to what it was.
If someone shows you who they are with their actions or inactions, then believe them. Words and good intentions can only go so far.
Being respectful of people’s time goes a long way.
Give more than you take.
Be fair and realistic.
Try not to let anything fall into negativity, but be willing to cut out those who take advantage, cause stress and are self serving.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with some phenomenal people that I would catch a bullet for if it came to it. I’ve also experienced and have witnessed others experience some pretty nasty situations that have ended in wasted time, energy and money. Learning how to identify red flags and avoid potentially toxic situations without sacrificing opportunity is just as important to success as whatever talent one may have.