I’ve always had dreams of making it big in the music industry since I could remember. But upon moving to Hollywood and having those dreams become real Major Deal possibilities for me, my dreams quickly turned into devastating nightmares. Reason being, as an artist and writer, I quickly began to notice I was more so in an industrialized musical meat market; where the music only mattered if it fit a certain criteria suitable to their “meat-marketing” agendas. With that being said, my talent was often disregarded, or neglected, because I didn’t look like some plastic mainstream anorexic barbie doll.. I know much has changed with artists such as Jill Scott, Kelly Price, so on and so on being embraced into the scene… but that type of thing is always more so on the unusual side; unusual for artists to be able to come out and be supported as they truly ARE. Don’t get me wrong, many artists do understand that businesses are created in hopes of gaining the highest levels of monetary gain, but we must not also forget the powerful influence of the entertainment industry. They set the trends, as well as are the main influences of society and the world, setting the stage on how artists are to be received by the world. If a music label is going to be complimentary to an artist in providing growth, it should be done genuinely without any ulterior motives. It should be because they would like to say, “We feel really good and proud to be apart of the reason why this artist was successful and able to flourish and thrive as a human being, sharing such amazing gifts of talent to this world. Because of this, we are honored.” Instead, artists are looked upon as property, music industry slaves signed to life draining and suffocating contracts, without any essential guidance upon signing… just a bunch of manipulative sharks all trying to eat off a plate that has yet to be properly prepared and served. There’s no doubt whatsoever that Music is Soul Food; meant to inspire, heal, uplift, and change the world for the better, and music should be treated as such. Those who see it as any other way are part of the problem and not the solution. Until the music industry develops a brilliant integrity, it will only be of aid in directing artists away from their true selves and purposes in life, as well as continuing to create nightmares out of innocent dreamers… destroying instead of helping to develop musical character and careers.