We had the good fortune of connecting with Chandra “Cece” Heath and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chandra “Cece”, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I would have to say that I thought it was always important to bring family and friends along my journey. What I learned is that everyone isn’t supposed to go along that journey. That having friends and or family work for you is not a good idea. In some cases, if you do decide to have a friend and or family work for you that there’s a clear understanding that it’s strictly business and nothing personal. To also get persons that fit your brand and believe in you/your brand.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Wow… Where do I begin I honestly get asked this a lot and some would say that I was crazy for starting two businesses within months from each other. Not only did I do that I had just gone through a bad divorce and relocated from my hometown Detroit to Houston with four kids. Oh! did I mention in the midst of the relocation I decided to attend college again? Yes, I would be happy to say that I did finish and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree and an Associates in Business/ HR. Starting the business I found myself wanting to help and bring others along my journey. I had to realize that everyone has their own journey and that it’s not always a good idea to have friends and or family apart of it. . I’ve learned that if you do decide to have friends and or family part of it make sure that they have a clear understanding that it’s strictly business. Also, you need to make sure that whoever you bring aboard that they have the qualifications to fit the job descriptions. I love what I do even though I started off in the healthcare field it all goes hand and hand I feel. I love to help and care for others in different ways. For instance, with my label, all of my potential clients have to go through steps one being a questionnaire with over fifty questions. These aren’t yes and no and one-word answers they have to answer in detail. The next step would be a zoom meeting and or conference call. If I decide to sign them to our label they have to do a physical. Some ask why a physical?, it’s important because I want our artist to be healthy physically and mentally. In society, some may have others feeling as if seeing a counselor is a waste of time and money. There’s nothing wrong with having a counselor./MD.Example If you have diabetes fine I want to make sure that if you do have a chronic disease like Diabetes. That when doing an artist rider that we don’t have things on the list that could cause them to end up in the hospital or worst dead. I feel if an artist is healthy all around that they can put out great work. Besides my label, I run a nonprofit and it all had its challenges, especially during this pandemic. Having a nonprofit for veterans is very rewarding. Since the pandemic, we see a lot of needs not being met for our veterans so our organization Amazing Soldiers, Inc has had to make certain calls to make sure our veteran’s needs are met. Please don’t forget about the caregivers of our veterans such as the spouses, children they’re the ones that are the glue to it all. Understand that your not suppose to help everyone that comes your way remember that everyone isn’t your assignment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I go back and forth between LA and Houston for business. Let’s start with LA first “Urban Light”, The Soare Room, Rooftop Bar& Death &Co. Grand Central Market, Venice Beach Boardwalk, 71Above, The Social & Houston it would have to be Phil & Derek’s, Season 52, Pappa Gyros, Sapore Ristorante Italiano, BlackBearDiner & Lucille’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank the support of my children & my fiancee who have been along my journey through the ups and downs and reminding me of self-care. Along with an Entertainment Attorney by the name of Ricky Anderson out in Houston. He took the time to have a conversation with me and my team in 2016. That conversation was very inspiring and a true eyeopener which led me to start my own Record Label.
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