Blog: 2 Things This Industry Veteran Would Tell His Younger Self

By March 12, 2015Blog, News


1. Whether you are on the creative or business side, in the long run, character always trumps talent.

I think a lot of people get that flipped. I know as a young A&R guy, I did. I believe in the long run the people that have really fruitful and successful careers creatively or on the business side are people that are of high morals, honest and trustworthy and do what they say they are going to do.

2. Most creative people negligently underestimate the value of efficiency and productivity.

In other words, their creative skills are not equally balanced with their productivity and organization skills. No matter how creative you are — even if you are a musical genius — if you don’t learn to keep your calendar, manage appointments, get things done in a timely manner, follow through and complete projects, and value the time of your musical and business collaborators –- the world will likely never get to hear the beautiful work you are creating; you’ll never have the complete success you were born for; and, you will not be able to keep moving forward as a creative person.


By Mark Maxwell:
Mark Maxwell is an entertainment attorney in Nashville. He represents many young creative people, artists, songwriters, producers, record labels, managers and authors — all different types of people in the entertainment industry. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University. Prior to his law practice, he worked in A&R for a major record label for a decade. Overall, he has been involved in the music entertainment industry for 30 years.


  • Randy Alexander says:

    When I was a young man, I had so many plans and dreams. Although I was a Christian, I assumed my efforts were more than enough to accomplish those dreams. Now, at age 63, I now know that it is OUR plans PLUS our relationship with our CREATOR that can help us to accomplish many of our dreams and will give us peace about the things that may not be His perfect will for us.

    We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9
    We may throw the dice but the Lord determines how they fall. Proverbs 16:33
    Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
    Commit everything you do to the Lord and He will help you. Psalms 37:5
    The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalms 37:23
    The unfailing love of the Lord never ends. By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness. His mercies begin afresh each day. Lamentations 3:22-23

  • Meg Davis says:

    Yes! My mentor has continually emphasized the importance of character and as creative myself I can attest that the more organized I become, the more creative I am. Neither come easily and the blessings usually come in disguise, however the fruit is always worth it.

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