New York City
Production lead at Creative Production Partners, LLC / Compound Entertainment (Universal/Motown)
1. How did you get your start in the music business? Did you always know that was where you wanted to be?
I officially started in the music industry producing records for local recording artists as an undergrad. I later co-produced two revamped UGA theme songs, one of which was sponsored by the MBUS Program. I then interned for David Barbe and Tom Lewis at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens. This led to other opportunities, including work for the A3C Hip Hop Festival as a stage manager and an internship with the Music and Talent department at MTV in Time Square.
2. Can you talk about how you got to where you are now?
It's been quite an interesting journey to where I am now. After my MTV internship junior year, I focused heavily on settling in New York. I believed the opportunities to reach my ultimate goal in the industry were in that city. An opportunity presented itself to do freelance work for my current employer, CP2. One of our main clients, Ne-Yo, was in Atlanta for rehearsals and I was hired for a one-week tryout internship. Needless to say, they were pleased and hired me on full-time shortly after graduation. CP2 is a full-range agency and production house, specializing in fashion styling, photography, videography, entertainment touring and logistics. As the production lead, I serve as direct support to the head coordinator and CEO on all projects within the company.
3. What’s a typical day look like for you? If there’s no such thing as a typical day, what’s an example of one of the crazier days you’ve had recently?
Interesting question: there is no typical day! I may be scheduling calls with record labels, coordinating a show, filming a shoot and facilitating travel information all in one day. The calendar is always busy, and I work with several clients: Viacom/MTV Networks, NBA, Target, radio stations, etc. My job is very demanding and fast-paced, but also rewarding. Most recently I started on my first international tour in the United Kingdom. It was a grueling week—I was in charge of tracking all 30-plus personnel from management to the audio, video, pyro and lighting crews, to the band and dancers, and of course Ne-Yo himself. The challenges were all new to me. Considering that I had no international experience, I had to adapt quickly to working in new venues and new languages nightly. Possibly one of the most difficult aspects was being the last on the tour bus and the first off—the days I went from loading out of a venue into another with no hotel for the night were the toughest! However, it was worth it to see England, Ireland and Scotland and experience new areas of the world.
4. What are some things you’re looking forward to doing with work this year?
I'm very excited for several events this year. I'm actually leaving for Japan tomorrow, as we will be headlining shows in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. Our tour will continue with Australia and the Bahamas among other destinations, and eventually a U.S. tour. Other than working with Ne-Yo, I am also continuing my music production career. I have recently started working on records with some major U.S. and U.K. artists, and received my first music supervisor credit on an entertainment talk show. In the midst of these projects, I am co-producing events for Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and other nonprofit outfits. Although extremely ambitious and exhausting, my first job is proving to be a holistic overview of the music business and its many facets.
5. What advice can you give to someone looking to get involved in the music business?
I am always learning and growing, so advice is abundant. Being around so many veterans in the industry has taught me to partake in thoughtful inquisition—do not be afraid to ask questions. Also, I would suggest that you offer as much help as you can. Doing so makes you an invaluable asset to your organization, and will lead you on a fast track to larger scale opportunities.