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Four Tips To Survive In The Music Industry

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The music industry gobbles people whole. Many artists who make it out of the local scene into the global scene often fizzle out; often times, they lose relevancy before they even get a hit. But what’s the cause of this? Misjudging their clout? Or getting lost in the glitz and glamour that comes with meeting all of your favorite musicians? There are a multitude of reasons that people fall off immediately. Being that the issue is a serious problem, we’ve come up with four tips to stay afloat.

Assume that everyone isn’t your friend

That manager interested in becoming a part of your team just wants the money and to attach himself to a rising star. That groupie that seems to be in love with you only wants the clout that comes from being seen with you (and money, of course). That artist that you’ve struck up a rapport with will leave you out to dry the second that something new, and hotter, comes into the game. Don’t ever think that anyone in the industry is your friend, because, nine times out of ten, they’re there for the advantages. It’s a sad truth to deal with. By being cautious of everyone, you eliminate that element of surprise when something inevitably goes bad. You also save money in the long run because your decision making skills wont be hinged on someone else’s happiness.

Your only as good as your last song

Lots of times, artists release a plethora of songs until one goes viral, then they fade into obscurity. The reason for it is that their price goes up, they get enough money to do what they want from shows and features, and they also get all of the attention that they salivated for. Six months later, the artist is back to square one because they hadn’t had a plan or additional music to market. To survive in this lucrative game, you must always be ready for something else to release. This means having multiple songs ready and preparing a plan in the event that something does takeoff. One of the most dangerous weapons an artist has is consistency.

Never, ever get too comfortable

This goes hand in hand with the last rule. Never, ever, think that you’re irreplaceable. Labels can always find someone younger and hotter. Same goes for artists looking to collaborate, or groupies searching for the next big thing. Don’t let your relationships falter, or your circle change because you’re on you high horse, not willing to work with anyone else because of a perceived lack of importance. This will get you humbled, quick.

Any press is good press

Kanye said it best when he said that he doesn’t mind if people talk junk about him because if they weren’t talking about him at all then he’d have a problem. This mindset is important to have. You can do everything right and you’ll still have one hater or false byline ready to tear you to shreds. Realize that this attention keeps you in the limelight and keeps the checks coming in. Make sure to feed the flames and remain important in peoples’ lives.

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Co-Founder of Haute Agency, Chealse Sophia, Aims To Build An Empire Within The Talent And Model Industry

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Toronto’s Very Own Chealse Sophia is the beauty-preneur creative behind your favorite brand. She has shattered the glass ceiling and revolutionized what it means to be a woman in a patriarchal entertainment industry.

It’s 2022, and this generation is moving different –the masculinity complex stigma is being challenged by empowered, devoted and self-driven women that are pushing the needle, trailblazing for the upcoming generations, and leading the charge for the hard-working women that hold contrary opinion, a voice of change that suits the world we live in today, and that value independence, and gender impartiality.

From Toronto, Ontario Canada – a woman currently grinding through her teeth to champion women’s resurgence in the corporate world, more so – the creative executive world –that is generally considered by a majority to be just music, film, sports & entertainment – and very much predominantly male and chauvinist in the boardrooms – is Chealse Sophia Howell, a 31-year old modeling executive that is building an Empire, a creative and healthy space for women to feel empowered, and equity to men alike.

Chealse is the founder & CEO of eponymous skincare product company SOPHIA, and the founder of talent agency Haute Agency, both of which have been making leaps in the creative industry. 

For Haute Agency, the company began in 2014 after a heaven-sent intuition sparked in Chealse’s mind that she could offer more to the more business, management, creative and branding side of the modeling industry. The company she founded at 23 years old has worked with multinational corporations such as Cover Girl, Amazon, OVO, New Balance, Pandora, Hello Canada, New Era, but not limited to. 

About six months ago, having been a model and in front of the camera before, Chealse would know a thing or two about what self-care & image essentially encompasses. The SOPHIA brand she says is about venturing into the cosmetics world, and later fashion. 

SOPHIA is a dream come true itself and it was only launched less than six months ago. In these 6 months we have gone viral multiple times on TikTok, sold out twice on our website and sold out on Amazon in the first 30 days of being listed, and have had a tone of organic support from big influencers” she chimes in vehemently.

Currently, Haute Agency is a 360 talent agency that was unearthed from her sheer determination to apply herself in vast areas of the modeling industry other than the actual performance aspect of it.

Haute Agency originally launched in 2014 as a model and talent agency, but I saw how social media was taking over this industry, so I quickly transitioned Haute into a full brand development agency where companies come to us to turn their brand into an empire” she explains.

Check out some of the work that Haute Agency has been a part of below:Hedley (models and video production) – “Crazy For You“Tory Lanez (models) “Traphouse“Trina (models) “F*ck Love,” ft. Tory LanezFelix Carter & Lights (models and video production) “Love Me

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Gusto sets the tone with his new track “Frozen Heart” featuring ZayZayy

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While most of the population was muddled over the pandemic lockdown, this young artist saw a golden opportunity to capitalize on his free time and pursue his passion for music. In the past two years, Gusto did an incredible job tapping into the global audience through his art. Now, he has established a stable fanbase that can’t seem to get enough of his unique flow. 

On January 28th, Gusto released his latest track, “Frozen Heart,” ft. ZayZayy. This artist went the extra mile to top the success of his last single, “Pray for Me.” The new track by Gusto focuses primarily on the impact of life experiences on a person. He mentions that betrayals from close friends, loss of love, and loved ones’ death can leave lasting scars on a person’s heart. 

“Music is therapeutic for me,” mentions Gusto. “Being able to get my thoughts out through music and knowing people can relate to the things I think keeps inspired me to continue. All my life experiences continue to shape my music. As I go through different situations and learn things about life, I put that into my music.”

While developing himself as an artist and sharing his musical journey with the fans, Gusto aims to collaborate with African artists to promote his culture. He believes that a man should stay true to his roots and take life challenges head-on to achieve greatness. For Gusto, music is about connecting with other people and sharing his piece. 

The track “Frozen Heart” is available across all platforms for listeners to enjoy. Gusto is also working on new projects to bring to the fans later this year. To learn more about this blessed artist, visit his Instagram at @godsgiftgus13.

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Jimmie Bishop & ZachTheHero kick-off 2022 with their latest project “So Far So Good”

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This new project brings a whole vibe to the listeners as Jimmy Bishop & ZachTheHero underscore their evolution as artists. “So Far So Good” focuses primarily on elevation and appreciating life for all its blessings. These artists went the extra mile to bring meaningful and relatable tracks to the fans. It is undoubtedly the perfect follow-up after the massive success of their last project, “The Ark.”

“We have to be grateful for where we are right now and continue to get better every day,” explains ZachTheHero. “The journey is challenging, but as long as we keep God first and focus on what’s important, that’s all that matters. If you really love and firmly believe in something strong enough, nothing can stop you from doing it.”

This message is truly inspirational and delivers hope to listeners struggling with some lows in their lives. While there are always negative aspects to every situation, it is impossible to grow when people are ungrateful for the blessings. So, these artists show their appreciation through this project and thank God for all the ups and the downs.

By listening to the first few tracks in the “So Far So Good” album, it is clear that this project was produced from a place of contentment. They recognize that their current success is just the beginning of their music careers and aim to be counted among legendary artists like Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Jay-Z.

After the overwhelming response from the fans, Jimmie Bishop and ZachTheHero have started working on more projects to bring to the audience later this year. Meanwhile, listeners can enjoy the “So Far So Good” album on all platforms. 

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