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Community Highlights: Meet Mark Spratley of Starting Five

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Spratley.

Hi Mark, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Left college (ECU) and came back to Jersey to pursue the music and figure out life. I was working with certain artists at the time that were from NJ, I was doing my thing with them but still working a part-time job. I felt it was time to move on and expand. From there, I moved out to Jersey City, started to have my own artists and branch out into the industry as a writer, publicist, manager, event curator and more. I came into the game doing everything, maybe not all at once originally but everything seemed to just make sense. It was for a purpose whether it was to open a door, make life easier or help an artist. I was powering up by all means whether it was on the marketing side, my influence or anything else I needed. From there, I had some major success with an artist by the name of Nikko Lafre and I continued my power up. Dove into events, had major success. Everything was clicking and has continued to date. I’ve been fortunate enough to play a key role in a handful of artists getting to the next level while having my own success as well.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I came into this swinging. I’ve learned plenty of lessons and I’ve had even more wins. Of course, you are going to have obstacles. Sometimes the road might get foggy. You learn, continue to grind and proceed on. I would never chalk anything up as a loss. If you give up, that’s a loss.

Know what you want, plot on that and execute.

A lot of people are going to doubt you, throw shade, want what you have, do bad business or just BS. Learn to maneuver and learn to keep moving.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Starting Five is the label/agency. Starting Five is a one stop shop that provides a machine from within house. Myself, well you know I’m Sprat. I have Starting Five, former manager, I’ve helped pop off a handful of artists and properly introduce them to the world. Many know me for my PR, publicity and marketing abilities. Plenty knows me for my events, my social media (@SpratFool), I used to write for plenty of platforms and plenty more.

All you have to do is do your research on me. My name speaks for itself but my work speaks louder. My success stories for artists are on another level. Social media has given the ability for everyone to “know each other” but when it’s time for me to press the button, my machine hits different. From my creativeness, network, relations, abilities and more, I believe I separate myself from the field with ease.

What am I most proud of? To see where I am at today compared to where I was in life. The LVLUP is real, I proved that and many have seen the rise. My grind got me here and now I have the ability to not only do what I want but choose to work with who I want. I did this without a college degree, people doubting me and so much more, I stayed down and came up on my own. Anything I have done within the music industry I have found success in, I am proud of that. Anything I set my mind to I can do. It’s up to me at this point to take this even further.

Starting Five is a boutique full-service label and agency. We will be offering some management and distribution in the new year. I actually have plenty of services that I do offer to the public. If you want to work or have any inquiries feel free to reach out with some info, plans, links, etc. to my email.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up?! Lawddd I was a reckless young kid. I was heavy into sports for sure. I was an energetic and ruthless young kid but I was raised to have the utmost respect for others and was certainly taught manners, morals, etc.

I was awarded “Teachers Worst Nightmare” in high school…

I was always into music like crazy just never even looked at it as a career opportunity. Where I’m from, you weren’t really taught to be your own boss and entrepreneur. You were taught to work for yours at all times but to have your own, you had to do that on your own. My town, the people are pressing you to go to college, get that corporate 9-5 job, get the family, etc.

I’m not going to lie, to see how far I’ve come since I was a child, it’s a blessing.

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