LOS ANGELES, CA-I hope that people have been inspired during these past few weeks by several individuals who have stepped out on Faith and made their dream not only a reality, but they have made it their career. This next individual that I will be introducing is another epitome in the entertainment industry who wears many hats. He has worked his way from the bottom to becoming a successful independent record label owner, as well as independent an independent Hip-hop artist. To introduce to some and re-introduce to others, continue to read and be inspired by Antione "H Moneystaxx" Harmon.
H Moneystaxx is the CEO of Rep 1 Management based out of Ontario, California. He is also an artist, producer, promoter and a host. As he puts it, he wears many hats in the entertainment industry. Currently, he is working on his latest album, 'Sleep When I Die', which was put on hold for while due to him being on the management side of things and working on expanding his company, and building his brand. He is now back on the scene as an artist and said that fans and music lovers can expect to hear several of his connections within the industry on the album. He wanted to give back to his Inland Empire, Los Angeles and Las Vegas connections by collaborating with them on the album.
During this exclusive interview, H Moneystaxx gives his word of wisdom for those who want to branch out into the industry, as well showing others how he got to where he was at.
How did you know that your purpose was in entertainment?
I didn't know that my purpose was in entertainment. I knew that my purpose was to help others to achieve when they couldn't achieve. Ever since I was young, I always been the one to take incentive. I've always been a leader.
So with my background of being a leader and coming from an environment where you could either run with the gangs and hustlers and follow negative trends, or stand out from the crowd and do the right things, by me choosing the second path it led me to entertainment and doing music. God and my family also helped me to find my purpose in helping others.
What has been your favorite memory in the industry so far?
Probably my first $20,000 check (laughs). I think my favorite memory is getting acknowledged by my peers and city, and getting the recognition for my hard work. My motto is, "I'll sleep when I die". I go hard, so when I get that recognition it helps me. Everyday is a great experience.
How difficult is it to be recognized as an independent record label vs. as major record label?
Well the major record labels have more money, so of course they will be the ones who will be able to d fund and promote you in a faster way. When you become independent, you have to do your own thing and use your own [resources], but you can be more creative. The main thing is to build up your fan base, so that when you do get an investor or a bigger record deal, they will go in your direction and you won't have to do what they tell you to do because they'll see that you already have the ball rolling.
The major record labels will always be on top though. It's like the rich and poor in society. You just have to make it work.
What advice do you have for those who are pursuing a career in the entertainment industry?
Do your research as far as what you want to get into, and then know that a lot of [free] time is not going to be there for you, so you have to make sure this is something that you want to do. If not just get a 9 to 5 because there is going to be hard work and long nights.
Make sure you are up for whatever job that you want to do. Don't give up and keep believing in yourself. Have a strong backing with your family and team, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is going to make it to the top with you, so know that and know what your goal is and stick to it, and make it happen.
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