Today we’d like to introduce you to LONDON.
LONDON, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Music and performing have been a big part of my life as long as I can remember. It was hearing “Bad To The Bone” by George Thorogood for the first time that had me hooked on rock music. My grandfather was a world-renowned singer and preacher and my great uncle was a member of the soulful Stax Record group The Astors. I was born into it. I started performing when I was 4 and writing songs seriously at 13. My family is big on education, so growing up I attended magnet and performing arts schools, which were extremely cutthroat. My middle school selected an elite group of students to perform at the Olympics in China and I was invited. After High school, I moved from Paso Robles to L.A for college at The Los Angeles Film School. I was fortunate to catch the eye of several talent agencies and get signed and supported myself through college as an actress and voice over artist.
My parents worked in the industry as well. I would ask to tag along with them to events, shows and sets, which is how I got my feet wet in production at a very early age. From Nickelodeon to Disney, Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards and the Dr. Phil Show, I’ve learned from the greatest.
I earned my degree in Audio Engineering and BA in Business Entertainment. Then I attended the Musicians Institute for music theory. After graduating from school, I knew I had to create my own “Yes.” and I wasn’t going to get any handouts. I envisioned a company where I could do everything I love- performing, singing and, producing. That’s when I decided to create Green Park Enterprises. Our agency is comprised of two divisions – a boutique management company and a production house that caters to emerging young talent striving to make their mark in the entertainment industry. Moody A.F. Productions provides groundbreaking opportunities for women in production in the entertainment community.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been hell and high water but worth the struggle. Along the way, I’ve faced people telling me negative things like “They don’t want a black girl rock star,” stealing from me, lying on me, and just not being supportive of my journey. These hurtful experiences didn’t deter me. They made me believe in myself and my company Green Park Enterprises that much more.
Hollywood will test you. CNBC named our city one of the top ten most expensive places to live in the States. If you’re not hungry enough for what you want and mentally stable, this place will eat you alive. I decided if I’m able to thrive in the entertainment capital of the world I would do the same worldwide.
One of my biggest inspirations is Tina Turner who said, “I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you.” I’ve been going for some time although I’m just getting started.
We’d love to hear more about your company.
Green Park is establishing itself as “The Home of the Hit Makers.” We direct the careers of up-and-coming artists into profitable creative professionals. Our services management arm, B2B, provides global and domestic distribution, creative direction and production. What sets Green Park apart from other companies is that I am a young African –American woman business owner in a multi-media and production field dominated by white men. My company is also unique because I have a background in music and production. As a company, I’m excited that we can create opportunities for women because we are often overlooked in production, music and film. I’m hoping my company will expand the playing field.
“Diaries of a Rock GDDS” ™ on YouTube is a docu-series we produced which gives a thrilling glimpse into my world. From growing my brand to composing music and doing video shoots, to interviews and recording sessions, this series is informative and inspirational to any up-and-coming artist. Watch my journey to becoming the goddess of rock and roll, and stay connected and grow with me! As an independent female rock artist, consistency in my work ethic and staying true to myself and my supporters is key because without them, and now you, none of this success would be possible.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see women in film, production and music breaking bounds and making a noise like never before with new tech being a big help to achieve that. Directing, producing, writing and beyond. With more women directing major box office movies, Broadway shows and scoring films. Some of those women being Issa Rae, Katori Hall and Beyoncé that are big inspirations to me as black business women. I believe music will become more fluid stylistically and the artist will not be bound to one style of music. We’re going to reach astral goals. Mainstream will fall in love with live music again, which is a major standard. There’s something about the sound of an instrument on a song that puts a spark in your soul that makes you feel again and move. And I believe the LONDONGDDS lifestyle will be a timeless mood/ trend. Accepting yourself, loving yourself and being yourself is what I believe in. It’s what people will be able to do more of, in turn, understanding how to love others. We just all want to be inspired to do so.
- Website: https://www.greenparkent.com/
- Email: email@example.com
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- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8WJVqHXs5fIPBRSoVTYFCQ?
Moody A.F. Productions