Chris G. has been in the Music Business since 2006 as a concert promoter, artist manager, and booking agent. “Making It” is not about being on top of the charts, winning mainstream awards, or having millions of social media followers. Though those things are nice, that’s a very small percentage of the industry. “Making It” is about having conversations with people that do what they love full time, instead of being stuck with a career they hate. Throughout his journey, Chris has met many inspiring individuals who have in his eyes “made it” and who have an abundant amount of stories and wisdom that should be shared with the world of aspiring creatives, musicians, actors, athletes, and entrepreneurs. The objective of this podcast is to educate and motivate individuals by sharing stories of people who are “making it” every day.
#119 Alex Bowen - An Adventure from being a DIY Talent Buyer & Promoter to Booking the Fillmore New Orleans as a Talent Buyer for Live Nation
Alex Bowen is a senior Talent Buyer for Live Nation Entertainment in New Orleans, LA where he books the Fillmore NOLA. His journey began promoting shows independently and even owning a small venue. Eventually, Alex started booking the historic Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, LA. Throughout his journey, he’s booked and promoted shows at many venues and has even managed artists such as Earphunk and the legendary George Porter Jr.
#118 Eva Alexiou-Reo - Owner, Booking Agent, and Artist Manager at FATA Booking on the State of the Industry, Working with an Agent, and Teaching Music Business
Eva Alexiou-Reo is the owner of FATA Booking since 1996, which is a booking agency and artist management company based in Philadelphia, PA. She’s also a Music Business Professor at Northern Vermont University and also thought for 7 years at Drexel University. In this conversation, we discuss her journey in the music business, mentors, teaching music business at the university level, the current state of the music industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, how artists can get an agent, and much more.
#117 Danielle Reiss - Music Publicist and Music Business College Student Gets Fired from her PR Job for Going to a Donald Trump Rally
Danielle Reiss is a Music Publicist and Music Business Masters student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She moved to Nashville, TN in 2016 to pursue her dream to work in the music industry with no job and no college lined up. Since then, she's been able to work numerous internships and gather experience in the industry. In September of 2020, she got a job at the Pop-Off Agency, and a few weeks later got fired for going to a rally for President Donald Trump.
#116 Shane Hazel - Libertarian Candidate for US Senate for the State of Georgia talking Music, Marketing, and Liberty
Shane Hazel is one of those individuals out there fighting for our Liberty. He’s the Libertarian candidate running for the US Senate for the State of Georgia. In this conversation, we talk about music, marketing, and Liberty. We discuss his current campaign, and why he chose to run for Senate, different issues happening in our country and the Liberty solution to these issues, music, marketing, and much more.
#115: Beth McKee - A Journey of Mastering the Classic Sounds of the South and Building Up a New Generation of Women in Music
Beth McKee is a true southern girl having been influenced by some of the Southeast’s best musicians and styles starting in Jackson, MS to Austin, TX to New Orleans, LA, and spending lots of time in the Appalachian Mountain in North Carolina. She’s a Singer-Songwriter, Touring Musician, and Founder of the Swamp Sistas an organization which is a grassroots movement of 2,500 women with a dual passion for music and community activism.
#114: Lady J. Bookums - Empowering DIY Musicians with Skills in Digital Marketing, Live Performance, Artist Development, and Generating Revenue
Lady J. Bookums is a Digital Marketing and Music Business expert, who coaches artists and helps them develop skills in digital marketing, live performance, release strategies, building revenue streams, and much more. In this conversation, we dive into some digital marketing strategies as well as Lady J.’s story, tips on releasing music, promoting music, branding and much more.