Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Gray.
Marcus, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well, I started off working with my friend’s PR company called EOTM. They represented Lil Zane at the time and I quickly found out that that wasn’t for me. From there, I started interning for Karlie Redd over at Cash Money. I was her assistant/day-to-day person. I even traveled with her. From there, Big U snatched me up and I started working for Uneek Music. I was an A & R at his label for three years. At the time, I was in school and we needed help getting artists into Hollywood from our label, so he plugged me with this guy named Marquis Diamond. I used to see him all the time on the internet but we quickly became close. That’s like my big bro/cousin/big homie, all of that. He’s my mentor in this game. If it weren’t for Big U, Marquis, Eo, and Emills, I wouldn’t be who I am today in Hollywood. These men all played a pivotal role in my come up as a promoter. In the past ten years, I have helped break records and put some of the biggest names in music on the biggest stages in Hollywood. Future, Cardi B, Gunna, Tee Grizzley, Tinashe, Ice Wear Vezzo, Joe Moses, Nipsey Hussle, YG, and Saweetie, just to name a few. And we can’t forget about Da Baby, lol.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s been a smooth road, but it there has been some struggles along the way. I’ve built my reputation on being the promoter who can bring girls out to any type of event and can book any type of artist. But when actually trying to get a job with one of these creatives, this can be a challenge, as many of them already have their team of people they’ve been rocking with and only see you as just the “Party Guy” lol. Another struggle was wanting to work with friends and family, but that never really worked for me because I would always get treated like the “little homie”, even when I was doing better than them. Now I don’t have that issue because I’m working with people who know me for what I can bring to the table. It’s all business and less of a friendship.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Creative works is based out of Los Angeles, CA. You should know that we get paid based on project and/or salary. What we are known for best, is finding and developing talent. We specialize in connecting the dots between record labels, publishers, A & R, DJs, promoters, club owners, and big-name brands. We can come in and A & R your project by bringing in songwriters, producers, and can also help you collab with other artists. We can even bring the marketing aspect by booking talent at specific venues that cater to your demographic of music. What stands out about my business is that it is a universal brand. We can and will work with anybody from any ethnicity [background]. Our clients don’t have to come from just music. It can be from any industry that we have experience working with.
How do you think about happiness?
What makes me happy is me being able to get paid to do what I love. That is being able to see young artists flourish into super stars and dope business people. It is being able to give back to my community by curating events so that young black artists can showcase their talents, and having a voice in an industry where we are always misunderstood or misinformed. That’s what makes me happy.
- Website: Thecreativeworksgroup.com
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