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

Hi Adam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I see risk as an inevitable characteristic of success, regardless of industry, but especially vital in the entertainment industry.

A creative has to know going into whatever they are about to do that the probability of success is little to none. Even if they stack the odds in their favor, one loose nut can make the entire thing fall down. I think its an essential part though of being human. You’re never not going to have risk, and that should be empowering, not defeating.

When I went full time into my business (a little over two years ago) I had three low paying production clients and if just one of them faulted on a payment or changed their mind I would have to crawl back to my 9-5. It was a terrifying and super vulnerable time but knowing the risk was that added motivation that made sure I was delivering quality that was competing in the Nashville markets. I don’t think without that risk I would have gotten through that first year and began to excel in my business the way I have.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For me, my art has always been a way of getting all these sounds inside of head out into the world, it isn’t about genre, or ego. In a way it’s me spinning what I hear/absorb and giving it back to world as a mirror to itself. I think that’s what is important in art, to be and stay authentic and value the relationship with the listener. I’m not sure if that sets me apart from anyone else, but I think it helps me be apart of the conversation and I value that a lot.

I’m extremely excited about the work I’m doing right now with my team and my clients. We continue to keep bettering each other to the point where we are now competing against stuff we did a few months back (and we’re winning). It’s an incredible search for quality and authenticity that is on going but it’s amazing to be apart of.

I think that’s how my team and I got to where we are now is simply because we hold each other accountable in the quality of the recordings we are making. Everyone I’ve surrounded myself with wants to better themselves, from going to the gym, to learning something new everyday, to making the best sounding record they can. I think it’s vital to surround yourself with people like that if you have a big goal, and our goals are massive.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Legit any taco truck in Santa Monica.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, Ellen Zeh, my patient and understanding girlfriend who has seen me at my low and now at my highs. Another shoutout would be my manager/mentor, R. Wayne Martin, who has been not only an incredible manager but a role model on how to treat other people and how to excel in life without compromising integrity. Daniel Grimmet, my first mentor, who talked me off the ledge a few times in my first year of business. Jerome Renard, my mixing engineer and a great friend who has lent his ear to me inside and outside of the studio. My clients, I am nothing without you and you mean everything to me.

Website: www.adammusicclark.com

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