We had the good fortune of connecting with Parker Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Parker, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The main purpose was to help create opportunities and a space where people can be treated well, paid well, respected, and procure entertainment with high-quality and professional standards.
I have worked for many people in this town, and though a few are great to work with, I have heard from too many of my peers that they are disrespected, manipulated, underpaid, and underappreciated. The goal of my business was to create a company that people WANT to work with and to help change the culture so that when they inevitably go work for other companies, they are willing to stand up for themselves and ask for what they are worth. Too often now, people in the entertainment industry feel like they are replaceable, and so they aren’t willing to fight for their worth. I want to try to help change that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All of my art and creations bleed into one another. I can proudly say that I am a Singer, Vocal Percussionist, Actor, Voice-Over Artist, Mix Engineer, Music Arranger, Music Director, Video Editor, Motion-Graphics Designer, Photographer, and Videographer. You can check out parkerjwright.com, Jingle5.com and PHNXWING.com for all of my work.
I enjoy creating and creating a platform to help other people create. I used to think that I would have to choose one path to focus on and stick to, but the great thing about loving many paths is that I can jump from one to the next and always feel fulfilled and refreshed.
I am most proud of Jingle 5 and PHNX WING Entertainment, as we are building quite a few entertainment options currently!
There was nothing easy about getting here. Sleepless nights. Days spent wondering if I’m going down the right path. Battling between a day-job and what I want to do.
One of the biggest lessons is that nothing in life is easy, but hard work doesn’t always equal success. Sometimes, even when you work hard and do all the right things, you will still fall flat on your face. The ability to pick yourself back up and keep going is what builds success. There is no such thing as failure, but only lessons learned. You can always keep going after you “fail”, and most likely, nobody even noticed your “failure” other than yourself.
When performing on stage, and you make a mistake, the only way the audience knows that something went wrong is if you ACT like something went wrong. Push through your mistakes, learn from them WITHOUT beating yourself up, and nobody will even notice.
I want people in the entertainment industry to recognize that you should never settle for working for people that treat you poorly. Follow your instinct, and stop working for them, they don’t deserve you. Work to be the best at what you do, and the success will follow.
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.
Oh man, that’s one thing I’m terrible at is finding good places to go! I’d most likely take them to an escape room. We would find time to drive down the PCH and watch the sunset. We would go to Six Flags, Universal, and Disneyland (in that order). That’d probably take up a week.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ah! So many people have helped me along the way. I have to say all of the people that are and have been a part of PHNX WING Entertainment and Jingle 5. My best friend Alyssa Grant, for always pushing me to be a better person and professional. Laura Saggers for creating, co-founding, and directing Squad Harmonix and helping support my career growth. My roommate and friend Laura Lieffring for always being there during tough times and surviving the pandemic with me. My parents for believing in me and pushing me to do my best!
Instagram: @parkerjwright @phnx.wing