We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristen Wallis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kristen, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
When it comes to professional endeavors it can be extremely difficult to know when to “give up” or keep truckin’ through the dark waters when they rise. Thats only made more difficult when you’re cradling something that you see as your passion project or dream career. How do I decide? Well in the current times we are in dealing with Covid-19 this question stood out to me. I currently work freelance in The entertainment industry as an Artist Manager for talent ranging from indie R&B to Electronic music. This virus really threw our entire industry off its axil. Shows halted suddenly and that contributes to about 70% of what most artists and their teams bring in annually. Of course this brought with it stress both mentally and financially and many of my peers began asking themselves if this was the right career path for them or if they should have been generating revenue in a few more avenues to prepare for this. What are the next thoughts? I’ve built my life around this career. This is my field of study; I’ve invested money into this. If I quit I will be a failure. If I quit I “gave up” too easily. Will I later feel like I didn’t reach my goal or “gave up” on my dream? How could I not be prepared for something like this? HALT. BACK UP. Let’s do a reality check here. If giving up means you are benefiting your mental health then its not giving up. If giving up means you are moving towards the overall vision you have for your home life you are not giving up. If giving up means you are exploring something completely new and unknown you are not giving up. If giving up means you are taking a risk that aligns with your overall morals you are not giving up If giving up on one thing means you can just come back to it later you are not giving up. All of the above situations exhibit bravery more than cowardliness. It’s important for us to remember that in the end money and success in our careers are really just facades. Life should be enjoyed. You should follow that dream job. You should work in your passion but you should also remember that we as humans evolve and those dreams and passions evolve along with us. So when you ask yourself if you should keep going or give up…do both. Give up one thing and keep going in the direction that scares and excites you all at once. You will be benefiting your business and everyone involved by choosing happiness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The music business peaked my interest ever since I was a child. As far back as I can remember I was saying my dream job would be to work at Madison Square Garden, so it was a no brainer for me to attend a business school in the arts when choosing a university. I attended Full Sail University in Orlando, FL where I studied a combination of Recording Arts and Music Business. I used most of my free time in college to network with other students and build strong connections within the student base there. When I graduated I moved to Denver, CO to explore internships and jobs in production, touring and Artist management. After exploring many different avenues in the industry my heart was completely tied to the emotional and business relationship that develops in artist management. Family is extremely important to me and in this line of work your client becomes your chosen family, or your chosen child depending on how much babysitting they require. I started assistant managing progressive rock band “Papadosio” in 2016 with just a team of myself and colleague Jake Ottmann. It was there that I saw first hand that small teams can move mountains if the passion is there. Together we worked on multiple sold out shows, album releases, and their first headlining Red Rocks performance which is something I will never forget. I left Papadosio and moved to LA in 2018 to pursue an opportunity creating and growing a boutique management company Jack MGMT with owners Matt and Chris Stafford. We represent artists such as Timmy Trumpet, Brooke Evers, Stafford Brothers, and a few new names we plan to debut this year such as Hip Hop artist Philla and Indie RnB Singer-songwriter Saint Rien. It is one of the most rewarding and exhausting positions I’ve ever held but the business becomes your baby. You quit thinking of the long hours and just the milestones you’ve achieved from putting in the work.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Cecconis – West Hollywood Black Rabit Rose – Hollywood Semi Tropic – Echo Park Still Life Pottery – Downtown

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people in my life that gave me the stepping stones to get to where I am today so big shoutout to all these men and women in the music industry. – Lexy Dobbins – Liz Folkestad – Jacob Ottmann

Website: www.jackmgmt.com
Instagram: @_kwalli
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristenawallis/
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