#rhymeinrealtime done while listening to the panelists speak in Pasadena, CA – Wednesday, August 23, 2017. I took what each of the women said and rhymed it while they hopped around with the mic in a Q & A Style panel. Enjoy 🙂 – Adjoa Skinner
Panelists from Left to Right:
Head of Guitar dept at Los Angeles College of Music
Dr in guitar performance from Thornton college of music
13 yrs of experience in strategizing
Consultant for too music labels
Development and implementation of innovative digital marketing strategies for BMG / Universal
(Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande)
started in PR
Now highly sought after DJ (Grammy after party, Gox, Google, Paramount, GQ)
CAA – tour marketing management
Chicago, earth wind and fire….
Women in Music
started playing guitar at seven
I was assigned that role
One of five siblings
The family band did not take toll
Nine years at USC studying
So I could do more than record & tour
Cause I have a passion for teaching
I have multiple things to live for.
I’m me and have something to say
I found this out when I went deep
When I let go of the fear
And enjoyed what makes me… me!
I was challenged by my mentor
Each time I pick up my instrument to start
that I approach my instrument with honor
And truly play with all of my heart.
Intention, integrity, and sincerity
Knowing your work will be revealed
When you just decide to show up
without needing to get something from the deal.
Came to LA on a mission
Someone gave me chance
That internship turned to a job offer
And put the music world in my hands.
I ran my own company for ten years
After working multiple fields
Learning while doing, taking it all in
Giving whatever was real.
What people gave me was experience
When I really took the work to heart
I realized that I could do it
I knew how to handle their art.
I did this by always doing & reading
Life is not points A,B,C
Jumping from PR to DJing can work
If you’re willing to first trust and see.
By being confident and knowing
That if I make it happen, it will..
What doesn’t work out, is not meant to be
And this doesn’t reflect on my skill.
Started as an analyst in a corporate bank
Working in IT
Took a pay cut to work as a temp
at a music company
Meeting with YouTube and Facebook quite early with those who now run the world
with those who now run the world
Found my niche in digital
And my job at EMI unfurled
Breaking new artists like Avicii
With the first live steam ever
And then I planned to go to Rome
to work for Unilever
Until a phone call came from Universal
To meet Andrew Crawford my now boss
Two hours in, Logic failed me, But instincts…
told me I wouldn’t be at a loss.
Though I’ve had all the bad bosses at a company
I learned it’s important to be empowered by trust.
Trusting the people around you
And cultivating those relationships is a must.
Some of the pressure in digital
Is knowing the men around may not know
That I’m not just the woman in the room
I’m the one who is running the show!
Started my career at Fox broadcasting
But left do to PR from there
Learned An incredible work ethic from my two bosses
And in time met a mentor who took care…
To guide me in being a DJ
I took the risk fifteen years ago
Good morning America And Grammy parties
DJ’s who brunch so we’d know…
That we as women are not competition
We are all in this for reasons
I started a business booking DJs
And we encourage one another in our seasons.
We must trust our intuition
I learned from Spinderella once a week
it is so important
To have mentors that want to teach.
As a DJ sometimes people are afraid to
Take a risk on a woman but there were times
That being a woman has helped me.
The perspective is all in my mind
Work harder and shatter those ceilings
Keep going as your business expands
You can do so much more when you delegate
So everything’s not all in your hands.
Applied for an internship with Columbia records
but through a smaller label
$8.25 an hour for a full-time job
Moved to NYC when I was able
Not having a safety net or friend group
outside of my comfort zone
This was greatly beneficial in my life
The challenge helped me find my own!
Don’t pick a career pick a boss
Because your internal environment shows
That you’re as good as your network is
At CAA this mentorship shows
I try to not wake to my email
… I try to start the day for me.
I know that it’s hard but I fight the urge
every day I decide to be free.
“Luck is preparation meets opportunity!”
Sister Rosetta starp, Sheryl Sandberg
Watching my female clients and friends
We are surrounded by powerful women
Who’ve refused to let others decide their end.
Super soul Sunday and Brene Brown
Yeah Oprah, I’ll now drop the mic
Books are the source that have filled me up
Zooming out instead of sound bites.
Richard Branson, Russell Simmons, Mark Cuban,
I buy books like people buy drinks
Picking the brains of the authors through pages
That share the things that they think.