In the last blog post, we observed that one of the keys to successful management of a music production company is in having the right people deployed to the right roles. In today’s blog post, we will sink deeper in that discussion, and try to identify some of the things you should look for, when recruiting the people to manage a music production company.
It turns out that one thing that you really need to pay attention to when recruiting the people to manage a music production company is passion. You need to ensure that all the members of the team you eventually employ to manage the music production company are folks who are truly passionate about their work. You therefore need to have an objective criterion for gauging the levels of passion in the applicants you consider for the various positions.
The second thing you really need to pay attention to when recruiting the people to manage a music production company is talent. This is especially important when recruiting the people to handle the operational aspects of the business: the people who are to do the actual music production work. But you shouldn’t let talent blind you to other things. I heard the story of someone who was so blinded by talent considerations that he proceed to hire a fellow for a certain key role – in spite of having previously seen the fellow’s picture among the mugshots of jail inmates. The story didn’t have a happy ending: though we hasten to add that there are folks who are truly reformed in prison, and the fact that someone was in jail shouldn’t automatically disqualify him from all work positions. The point I am trying to make however is that you shouldn’t let yourself be totally blinded by ‘talent’ while hiring, to the extent of overlooking other important considerations.
The third thing you really need to pay attention to when recruiting the people to manage a music production company is experience. You need to hire people who know how things are done, people who have some degree of exposure. You can have novices and apprentices in the lower echelons of the music production company – but at the top management level, you really need people who know what they are doing.