Tomorrow, as a Los Angeles CPA business manager, I will be merging two of my skills with a client. My entertainment business management skills, and my strategic planning skills. This client is a singer/songwriter who produced a music demo and video. My question to her was, “So what?” If you pursue the path of other musicians to acquire a contract, a 360 deal, you are no better than them, and may be just one of many homogeneous artists trying to make it.
This actually happened to my dad, Bobby Norris, in the 1950s. He signed with Capitol Records as a rockabilly artist, only to receive very little promotion for his records. It wasn’t until after he died, 2003, that he receives the recognition that he longed for as one of the original rockabilly personalities.
As a Los Angeles CPA business manager, I really don’t see artists driven in their profession from a real strategic planning position. I did stumble onto a book that seemed to address strategic issues. But I will have to buy the book to see if they do more than just scratch the surface.
So how would I, as a Los Angeles CPA business manager recommend how an artist should strategically work their career? Here is a short answer to a long question:
- Identify an issue. What are you really trying to accomplish? It has to be more than “be a star.” You have to really focus on something and list your assumptions on why you are equipped or not equipped.
- What is your vision? Quantify what you want. For example, to have 1 top ten single on the charts every year, or play to an average of 200,000 per event. See Jim Collin’s Good to Great and Build to Last for big, hairy audacious goals.
- Why would the fans want you? You must focus on your fans. Many books like Blue Ocean Strategy help you think on a level of satisfying your fans and creating an uncontested marketplace. Don’t give the fan more of what they heard. Find out their needs and satisfy them.
- SWOT analysis and quantifying: Now you can look at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. You must also put some real numbers to your goals.
- Lay out your strategy
- Reduce the strategy to tactics
I’ve produced this approach, in part, from Johnson and Smith’s 60 Minute Strategic Plan.
In my opinion, as a Los Angeles CPA entertainment business manager, you must think strategically about your career and stop focusing on yourself. Focus on your fan base and serve them the art they deserve and are entitled to. As Los Angeles CPA business managers, we try to work with clients on the front end, not just record the results on the back end. That is where we strategically differ in our profession.