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Mar 10, 2016

U.S.-based Urban Management Meets with Belizean Artists

Jeff Christie

Meanwhile, Tour Manager and C.E.O. of U.S.-based Urban Management is also in Belize. He’s Belizean American Jeff Christie, whose company focuses on providing high-quality industry services and artist management services from discovery and development to world tours and everything in between. Christie is in country to make a presentation to Belizean artists on the music trade. He came to News Five’s studios today and shared some advice for artists.

 

Jeff Christie, C.E.O., Urban Management

“I basically want to help the kids here…educate them and let them know that you don’t always have to be a singer or entertainer. You can also work behind the scenes—you can do lights, be an LD, be a sound man; you can be a technician. So it is wide open for you if you can work hard and believe in what you can do. We have to have some kind of…me and Shyne were speaking about it. We have to almost do like a Belizean idol where we can find the most talented artists in Belize so that we can weed through it and maybe start up a label and start pushing Belize out there to the word because there are a lot of talented artists here that we need to take advantage of.”

 

Duane Moody

“What’s the misconception that budding artist would have about making it in the industry?”

 

Jeff Christie

“They think it is an easy thing. Some artists…like John Legend; it took him like six years to get on. So it is a struggle. You have to build your brand, work hard. As a singer, you should be recording every day and taking care of your body and being healthy so that when people see you, they see that you have an edge. Because if you take care of yourself and people believe that you believe what you believe, they might believe that you are doing this and it is not a hobby or a joke. People think it is just like one record…it happens sometimes, but you could be a one-hit wonder and be gone the next day.”

 

Duane Moody

“How much of it is being more a business person or a business man or business woman rather than just being just an artist?”

 

Jeff Christie

“Well to me if you are an artist, you have to know your business. And if you don’t have people that you trust as a manager or someone in your camp that you know that you can trust to take care of your money and things like that and help you invest your money. You can make money in this business, but you can also spend it. So it is a double edge sword.”

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