We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Hayek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, how do you think about risk?
I’ve never been afraid to meet a challenge head on. I think the biggest risk I took in my life was switching career paths from politics to music/art. I went from a stable job in Washington, DC with benefits to taking a leap of faith to see if I could start my own management company in music since I had always been super interested in that scene. The bell curve there was extremely difficult in the beginning, I went from having 6+ years experience in policy to knowing next to nothing and moving to LA with $500 in my pocket. But I took it one day at a time and learned as many new skill sets as I could in order to ensure I did it properly. I tried to learn it all by myself and quickly, from the nitty gritty of composition contracts to setting up an LLC, it was a thrilling and very scary experience, but I am really grateful with my life in LA and that I get to pursue my passion here. I am excited to see where the next 5 years in this industry take me.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
During the day I am a lobbyist for real estate and housing policy and at night I manage artists under my own LLC called Aura Management. Having that dual expertise and a political background has set me apart in music and I am most proud of myself for it teaching me how to take the good times with the bad in stride. It’s no secret that the music industry is cut throat and competitive, there have been many sleepless nights where I wanted to just give up and quit, but I am still here, and I think that’s a win in my book. Just gotta keep swimming.
I want the world to know that it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, brown, female, LGTBQ, asian, you can make it in this industry and it is up to us to see that change and set that standard. Being able to help be the voice on my own team and amplify that voice with my artists is more than I could have ever dreamed of for myself and it’s why I got into helping musicians in the first place.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Everyone who visits LA should drive up to Topanga and all the way through Malibu State Park. Go get some food at Cafe 27 along the way. Get lost in the mountains. That’s it. It’s all your soul needs.
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?
I want to give all the credit to my amazing support system and friends in LA, particularly the Space Camp management team for taking me under their wing and teaching me all I need to know in the music management world. I would not have been able to survive this past year were it not for their expertise and advice. They are true and humble icons in the music scene and an independent force to be reckoned with. I am honored I get to call them my friends and confidants in this industry.