We had the good fortune of connecting with Cory Andersen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cory, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed. In the beginning of my career I was so terrified of being told no. No you don’t deserve this raise. No, you don’t deserve this playlist. No you don’t deserve this deal. No, You’re not good enough for this. As I grew older, I realized I wasn’t getting opportunities because I wasn’t asking for them. Never be afraid to ask for what you want or feel you deserve. Ask for that raise, Ask that mentor for advice. Ask your friend to help with that project. Closed mouths don’t get fed!
What should our readers know about your business?
I started PRYSM Management as a way to give under-represented people in music an opportunity to have their voices heard. I work with people from all different sexualities and nationalities and help them connect with their fan bases and own their lanes. It wasn’t easy. I learned a lot along the way from some of the all-time greats, including Gavin DeGraw, Shania Twain, Nick Jonas, among others. They inspired me to go out on my own and start my own practice. Yet, even with their advice, there were always obstacles, especially coming from older, cis-gendered, white men in power who didn’t like the status quo to be challenged. I’ve learned that when these obstacles are presented, and you truly believe in yourself, keep your head held high, don’t let them see you sweat, and continue the path you’re on. Surround yourself with people who will always gas you up but aren’t afraid to call out you’re bullshit. And never let EGO get in the way. What would I want people to know about my story? I come from a past riddled with relentless bullying about my sexuality. I want the next generation to know that it will get better. Words are just that – words. Maintain your character.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s a few can’t miss spots in LA! Pura Vita for some vegan italian food Will Rogers Beach Matador State beach Erin MCKenna’s Bakery Sam’s Bagels for a jalapeno cheddar bagel and Butcher Baker Cappucino Maker for breakfast!Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For the Gworls is an organization that fundraises for gender-affirming surgeries for black youth, and A Place Called Home provides education and after-school programs for privileged youth in Los Angeles. Also, Ryan Jones, Steve Salhany, and Erik Bradley for having the best ears in radio and supporting new artist and managers who are new to the game!
Photo Credit: Patrick Leahy