A lot of artists want to know how to get a good artist manager to help them further their careers and honestly there are several ways. But here are a few mistakes that will ensure that you won’t get the time of day from any artist manager should you make them.
Not Being Ready for Management
One of the most common mistakes that artists make is not being ready for management. Management may not be what’s needed at all! As an artist you have to educate yourself on what you’re responsible for bringing to the table and understand the role that an artist manager plays. Some artists think that the artist manager does everything for them while they get to record in the studio while the artist manager gets them a record deal because their music is hot. It doesn’t work that way at all!
Artists have to understand the other aspects of what has to happen before anything even gets to that point. There are certain boxes that should be checked off by the artist before actively seeking management. The bottom line is that there has to be a situation that actually requires management. Managers usually get paid based off of a percentage of a deal or agreement that is made pertaining to the artist’s music career. So if an artist doesn’t have the boxes checked and a foundation laid what is there to manage? There’s nothing.
All though some mangers may do artist development it’s a good idea for artists to know the difference between artist management and artist development and that some mangers don’t offer both. Some mangers do but most are more interested in management. Look at it this way. Ask yourself who has the upper hand in a situation where an artist is developed and has the boxes checked off vs. an artist that doesn’t have anything done? Who usually gets the managers attention? Always remember that the more you know and the more you have done equals more leverage you have in any situation!
Practice Bad Etiquette
Just this past week an artist that I’d never met contacted me at 4am in the morning. And he didn’t just contact me one time. He texted 13 times! Now I happened to be up because I was working on a few things but the fact still remained that it was 4am. Who calls anyone to discuss management at 4am? Out of 24 hours in a day he chose to contact me at 4am in the morning.
First impressions are everything and by him simply being rude in my opinion, I didn’t care about anything he had to say. And honestly that’s how it is with most artist managers. This was not good business etiquette at all. And there’s a larger picture here. It’s always best to get as much info about the manager you plan to contact before you actually do.
Was it possible that the artist could’ve asked for an email address, other contact info or appropriate times to discuss management? Of course it was and would’ve put them in the best position to be taken seriously. Always keep it professional and always remember that you’re making contact on behalf of yourself to further your career. Put your best foot forward because that’s what you’ll expect of the manager you’re making contact with should they be interested in managing you.
Be A Know It All
If artists have all of the answers then why do they need a manager? They should just manage themselves and get themselves a deal or conquer their own goals! One of the quickest ways to alienate a potential manager and other key team members is to claim to know everything! No one knows everything!
Set goals as a team and make sure they’re obtainable. Unrealistic goals yield failure simply because goals weren’t properly set. When seeking management or assistance with your career at least take the time to listen. I do believe listening and understanding is important but the other part of that and just as equally important is to verify the information you receive.
That helps you know who’s really for you. Be able to work well with others. When you involve other people into your career remember that they didn’t just get there. Nine times out of ten you invited them in because you believed they would play a vital part of reaching the goal. Don’t trample on the very people you brought in to assist to help achieve the dream.
Blocking people out because you know everything doesn’t just hurt you but it hurts everyone involved. I’ve seen a lot of talented artists make the mistake of ruining perfectly good teams all because they knew everything. Even if an artist does know they still need the team to do their part or why have them on board?
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AFENI SHAKUR, 69, HAS PASSED AWAY
The beloved mother of Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California (in North San Francisco Bay Area) confirmed Shakur died late Monday night [May 2, 2016]. Officials have not released a cause of death.
Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina in 1947, Shakur lived between New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and California throughout her life. She changed her name to Afeni Shakur when she joined the Black Panther movement. She and other party members were arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple, busy city landmarks in a case where she defended herself (and was pregnant with Tupac at the time). In May 1971, she was acquitted on all charges and gave birth to ‘Pac just one month later.
After Tupac’s 1996 shooting death, Shakur took over the late rapper’s estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.
In 2014, Shakur co-produced Holler If Ya Here Me, a Broadway jukebox musical featuring her son’s music. She released a memoir, Evolution Of A Revolutionary, with Jasmine Guy in 2004.
More information to come. Rest in peace, Ms. Shakur.
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