#13 - Poor Eating Habits 3.14%
The last, yet still a paramount, thing that most of our participants stated was most important to them was changing bad eating habits. As we get older the bad foods cost a much higher price. It is a challenge. Few people like to cook so fast food and restaurant alternatives have become a staple for busy people. Problem is both fast food spots and restaurants have horrific ways that they cook food for mass production which can cause mass heart attacks strokes not to mention a huge dent in your earnings.SOLUTION: Get a subscription to Netflix and watch the plethora of shows on how toxic meat and the American diet is. By the time you get done watching one of the migrant workers routinely stab a dead pig in the leg and watch the infected thick green and chunky puss spurt out and then watch the worker package the infected pig for grocery store delivery, you'll be running to your freezer to toss out the extra thick bacon and pig snout you were planning on having for lunch tomorrow. What we do today is paramount in preventing diseases and illness in the future.
ACCESSIBILITY: Many cities have vegetarian or healthy cooking and clean eating classes and there are many meal planning services that help people who are too busy to cook like Home Chef. Click NEXT below for next segment
#12 - Being old and alone 3.59%
Even when we are married or in a great relationship, there are no guarantees. Many women expressed dismay over former restauranteur B. Smith's husband having a new woman in his life while they both care for her as she continues to decline with Alzheimer's.SOLUTION: What we do during the week determines our weekends. Stop and meet people, go to events even just to work the room and visit family in other cities during the weekends. The busier you are the more attractive you become. The universe likes what's moving not what's standing still and waiting. Call those people that you get business cards from to follow up. A whopping 95% of the business cards people hand out are never used. You never know what kind of opportunities you may be passing up.ACCESSIBILITY: There are many apps for meeting likeminded people for those who are too busy. There is often a perception that the act of using an app to meet people is desperate but so is being alone. As the saying goes, whatever you are looking for, there is an app for that. To start, check out Meetup.com
#10 - Making Major Changes in Life 4.93%
When you get past 40 jumping from job to job or city-to-city becomes more intimidatingSOLUTION: Do it anyway. Fear is what happens before we change. Having options is like having insurance, as long as you have it you rarely need it. The problem comes from not exploring our leverage or ability to expand our knowledge base. After the age of 40, we should be secure enough to WANT to create other opportunities for ourselves by making ourselves more marketable instead of waiting for someone else to determine our fate.ACCESSIBILITY: There are many online schools that give accredited degrees in record time and many services like "Meet Up" as previously mentioned that have meetings for any and all types of people who have something in common in every city.
#9 - Family Relationships 5.16%Your family can make or break you. As we get older things change. We start to take care of our parents then start thinking about our own mortality. Older people are very fragile and childlike and greatly depend on their children, the family of the system to take care of them. Not knowing if we will have that same support system is intimidating. Not being able to help is heartwrenching.SOLUTION: Before you throw yourself down a flight of stairs, be there for your family and don't worry about the future. There are no guarantees and things will not always be as they are but you can live for the moment.ACCESSIBILITY: Eliminate future guilt, settle the differences you may have had in the past with family members and reconcile what you can and move on from what you can't.
#8 - Age discrimination 5.16%
Losing a job for a person over 40 can have devastating effects especially if the person works in a youth-driven industry and/or has not gotten into a management position.THE GOOD NEWS: Millenials and GenZ'ers are very impatient and undecided. Employers, including entrepreneurs, are starting to look more and more at older workers to help their businesses grow with maintaining more stability and less repeated training. As a business owner myself, I can tell you hiring good help is one of the greatest challenges for any small business.ACCESSIBILITY: People over 40 need to also make themselves more marketable by learning online skills like Wordpress and using their leverage to promote their skills on sites like Upwork. There are many people over 40 who make thousands a month using their expertise to help others around the world on sites like these.
#7 - Starting another career 5.61%
The best way to be prepared for the future? Be PREPARED for the future. Start training yourself NOW instead of waiting for the bottom to fall out. I have an aunt who just graduated with her masters at 75. It's never too late and the busier we are building the less we fear destruction that's out of our control.SOLUTION: Ask yourself what you would do if you got fired tomorrow? Don't wait until you actually get fired. Ask yourself where you want to be in two years. PLANNING is key, it puts you in control of your destiny instead of someone else.ACCESSIBILITY: Chances are if you have been working for 20 to 40 years. You have some type of leverage that can get you in the door doing something else. We usually always have something to fall back on and further develop and explore.
#6 - Continued relevance in my industry 5.83%
Within the music industry, this is a very slippery slope. Once you lose your relevance you days are numbered UNLESS you have other skills and can morph into something else.SOLUTION: ALWAYS surround yourself with younger and smarter people. Everyone benefits. You benefit them with your experience and they benefit you with their knowledge that you may lack. Quincy Jones has ALWAYS surrounded himself with people of all ages it keeps him young and relevant.ACCESSIBILITY: Interns, Colleges, Meetups etc.
#5 - Losing Weight 5.83%
VERY difficult especially as you get older. BUT necessary ... as you get older.SOLUTION: What you put in is what you get out. Something as simple as not eating after 5 can help drop 2 to 5 pounds a week. Do what works best for you. The small investment can pay off huge dividends. Crash diets always fail. Don't be in a hurry just be effective. Think about how fast a month goes by. You know your body better than anyone else.ACCESSIBILITY: Most of us have more than enough experience dieting and losing weight. Again, explore what works best for you but make it small changes and take your time for long term effectiveness.
#4 - Finding ways to Help Others 6.28%
Change your life for the better by changing someone else's life for the better. This is a great investment in your futureSOLUTION: There are many volunteer agencies that need help every day. The feeling that you get from helping others in need is like no other. Giving money to relatives is not "helping others" (especially when you probably won't get it back) visiting a nursing home and helping an older person with no family IS.ACCESSIBILITY: Check out sites like Volunteer Match
#3 - Job Security 7.17%
There is, unfortunately, no such thing. We are not as afraid of losing our job as we are losing our payday. The art of learning to make your money work for you instead of the opposite is literally at your fingertips. MOST people are in endless debt with credit cards and expenses and today, EVERYBODY is after your wallet or purse with many services we don't need.SOLUTION: Seriously consider hiring a bookkeeper and CPA. It's like hiring a great trainer at a small gym. They will tell you where you are wasting the most money, how you can save money and where you should put your money. Some people will say "I don't have the money to pay them" but when you see the money that you waste each month, you will see you will actually SAVE more money by hiring them. Everybody needs a good money team.ACCESSIBILITY: Look on Yelp then do your own fast research after you look at local bookkeeper and accountant reviews. It's probably a good idea to hire them separately because then you have two people on your team instead of one. Beware of generic email addresses like @gmail.com or @yahoo.com. You want an accountant who is accountable and if they don't have a website with their own extension like James@jamesbookkeeping.com it may not be a good idea to hire them. Also, if they have an office space that's an added bonus. I would suggest meeting them for coffee to see what kind of vibe or energy you get from them.
#2 - Improving Health 8.97%[caption id="attachment_216790" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Working Out[/caption]We are very busy and it's SO easy to lose track of the need to work out. Going to the gym can be a hassle when it's packed in the morning and in the evening after work with people just sitting on the machines or leaving the machines nasty. A commercial gym is an interesting place because MOST people don't go there to work out as much as they do to HANG out. There are a lot of lonely people that occupy the space in a gym having no idea how to work out but the energy can be negative when you are trying to accomplish a goal of getting in better shape. In addition the trainers at most commercial gyms are a joke, few are in shape and they want to lock you into huge contracts to use a trainer but the language in that contract states that if you find a trainer and they leave (and they always do because of the low pay) they can assign you another trainer of THEIR choice and you won't get your money back.SOLUTION: Seriously consider using a smaller NON-commercial gym where trainers pay to train people. There is no sneaking around and breaking the commercial gym rules by risking getting your membership banned and when a person invests in him or herself they are serious about what they do.ACCESSIBILITY: Seriously consider joining outdoor sessions to walk or run AND consider joining weekend groups that workout. This is a great way to meet people too. They are all over meetup and Groupon. The more variety you have the better your chance of success.
#1 - Planning for Retirement 10.99%This is the number one concern. We spend our entire lives working and paying a lot of taxes just to end up in a position where we cannot afford to EVER stop working. In the music industry, I always talk about how fortunate record people and salespeople are at radio stations. They have access to financially prepare for the future but radio Radio DJs don't have that luxury. We have absolutely no resources to teach us about finance.SOLUTION: Talk to a financial advisor. You don't have to commit but at least find out what you need to do. Many will tell you to put aside six months worth of living expenses and it seems impossible but they are right in the sense that if you can't do that, you are already living WAY above your means which is what is causing the problem in the first place.ACCESSIBILITY: Again you can find financial advisors on Yelp or ask for suggestions from friends and colleagues.
SHOWTIME ACQUIRES THE GO-GO’S, A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ICONIC ROCK BAND
The Alison Ellwood-Directed Film Will Premiere Later This Year
LOS ANGELES – February 9, 2019 – SHOWTIME announced today it has acquired U.S. rights to THE GO-GO’S, a feature documentary about the most successful female rock band of all time, with plans to premiere the film later this year. Alison Ellwood (HISTORY OF THE EAGLES, American Jihad) will direct the project. The band granted full access for this textured biography featuring candid interviews and archival footage to tell the real story of their meteoric rise to fame and the journeys, triumphs, laughter and struggles along the way.
As the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs and have a No. 1 album, the Go-Go’s are rooted in music history as not just a pop phenomenon but groundbreakers as well. Born out of the L.A. punk scene, Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards and vocals), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Gina Schock (drums), Kathy Valentine (bass and vocals) and Jane Wiedlin (guitar & vocals) didn’t play the part of bad girls – they were genuine punk rockers. Their 1981 debut album “Beauty and the Beat,” featuring the hits “Our Lips Are Sealed” (one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 100 Pop Singles’) and “We Got the Beat,” was one of the most successful debut albums of all times, was at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, and resulted in a Grammy® nomination for Best New Artist.
Ellwood’s feature film directing credits include HISTORY OF THE EAGLES, American Jihad, Spring Broke and Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place. Her television directing credits include Death Row Stories, Locked In for 30 for 30, No Limits for Nine for IX, The Human Behavior Experiments, the Emmy® Award-winning series American High, The Travelers and Sixteen. She has produced and edited several feature documentary films including Oscar® nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Catching Hell, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, My Trip to Al Qaeda, and Casino Jack and the United States of Money.
David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will serve as executive producers. THE GO-GO’S is presented and produced by Polygram, Universal Music Publishing Group, Fine Point Films and Fadoo Productions.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation™ Vue, and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers at Showtime.com. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™ and Smithsonian Channel Plus™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.
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Juliette Jones – EVP Urban Promotions, Atlantic Records
Juliette Jones has worked in various positions during her time in the industry. Without a doubt, the varied experiences have helped her in her current position as the EVP of Urban Promotion at Atlantic records. I have known Juliette for several years and I love her straight-shooter approach to the industry. She is only scratching the surface of where she is headed and her story is inspiring and offers lessons on the benefits of reinventing yourself and not being afraid explore new opportunities.
KEVIN ROSS: Tell me about your background in the industry.
JULIETTE JONES: I started interning when I was living in Washington DC while going to school at the University of Maryland. I started out interning for Arlinda Garrett. I met her at work. And from there, I moved to NYC to intern at WBLS.
A friend of mine from college, her godfather was Percy Sutton who owned the station. Puffy was leaving his internship there to go to Uptown Records and I took his place at the station. I also started interning with Lionel Ridenour at Arista Records. I did that for a couple of years in NYC, making some great relationships along the way, including Funk Master Flex, who was very instrumental in helping me get my first job and [in] gain[ing] some credibility in the hip-hop business in the city at that time.
I got my first regional job with Jive Records in 1994. They moved me back to Washington DC. I stayed with the company until 2001 and held several positions there, including Mid-Atlantic Regional, South-East Regional, National Director and Senior National Director before departing. My next job was at “Hits Magazine” in Los Angeles. I stayed there a couple years [before I] returned to NYC at the end of 2004 to begin work at Virgin Records with Lionel Ridenour.
Virgin turned into Capitol Records during my tenure. In 2007, Ronnie Johnson joined the company and I ended up becoming the Head of Urban Promotions for the first time under his leadership. Unfortunately, he passed away at the end of 2007, and in 2008 I left the company. I took an involuntary sabbatical and moved to Paris for a couple months. I returned to the states to work for the great and brilliant Geo Bivins. I stayed there for [two] years and [then] left there to go to Warner Brothers Records to work with Joie Manda and Todd Moscowitz as the Head of Urban Promotions. That was the beginning of my current tenure at Warner Music Group.
You've worked in various positions in the industry. You even did a stint at HITS Magazine. What was it like to work at an industry trade?
HITS was completely different from Jive Records. California was totally different from NYC. I’d never lived there before. The whole culture in the office was very casual and relaxed, but it was very interesting to work on deadlines collaboratively to put the magazine out while still working in and around the music business with a lot of my old colleagues. Working for Dennis Lavinthal, Lenny Beer and Todd Hensley was incredibly educational and a lot of fun. They’re definitely entrepreneurial guys who’ve seen and done a lot in the music business. I really appreciated the tone and texture of HITS as always a bit tongue-in-cheek and [it] doesn’t take itself too seriously; that was definitely reflected in the environment in the office.
How important is it that industry people diversify their skills?
It’s important for anyone in any business to constantly learn and grow and change as the world changes and as the business changes. That definitely applies to executives in the music business, as well. There’s never a bad or downside to diversifying and broadening your skill set and your knowledge of different avenues of the business.
How has it been to witness the success of Cardi B escalate so quickly?
Watching Cardi B break so many records as a female MC with her first album, “Invasion of Privacy,” has been nothing less than inspiring. She is extremely hard-working and incredibly likable so it’s not surprising that she’s having such tremendous success. Her authenticity and relatability continue to touch and inspire many, and the growth she has shown in such a short time is equally as impressive as all of her other accomplishments. I think we all can’t wait to see and hear what she does next.
Tell us about some of your other artists.
It’s an extraordinary time to work at Atlantic. It’s extremely gratifying to be at the forefront with so many young stars like Lil Uzi Vert and Kodak Black, while our veterans Bruno Mars, Meek Mill, and Gucci Mane continue to break new ground. Each of these artists has been instrumental in making Atlantic the company it is today. We also have an amazing group of up-and-coming artists like Bri Steves, Joyner Lucas, Youngboy NBA, and Roddy Rich that we are super excited about.
Tell us about your management team.
I work for Julie Greenwald and Mike Kyser. They are both incredibly experienced and seasoned executives. What’s most noteworthy about both of them is that, after so many years in the music business at a very high level, they still have a passion for the culture and the music. They still love winning and I think it shows in the results. I really appreciate that they allow me to work independently for the most part, and provide help when I need it. It all starts at the top, and the results don’t lie. We’ve had an amazing year and that’s definitely due to their collective leadership.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
That’s a tough one. I’ve been given a lot of really good advice. Early on, as it is with most young people in the industry, I grew up in the era of convention and, of course, I was 20-years-old and I would get caught up in the excitement of the stars in the building and in the lobby and all the celebrities – and that’s when people still used to dress up. Arlinda had a friend who had been a big radio personality in the ‘70s, George ‘Bugaloo’ Frazier. I met him when I was an intern and the advice that he gave me was to remember that the artists couldn't necessarily help me reach my goals if I wanted to be an executive, to stay focused on what I wanted and that people who really believe in me would teach me to fish and not keep me begging. I never forgot that advice and I think it served me quite well through[out] the years.
What advice would you give a millennial or GenZ'er entering the industry today?
The best advice I can give millennials from my experience working with them is [the following]: Put the time and effort into things that interest you and where you want to excel and I think the results will show if you really apply yourself and put the time and effort in. If you’re in a position where you’re ready to make a change, just remember that all the experience and knowledge you gained along the way will result in you reaching your final destination. Every job may not be the perfect job at the perfect time, but each opportunity offers something to [add to] your personal and career growth along the path.