Global music icon and entrepreneur Akon has sold millions of records toured the world and received many awards in his music career that has spanned decades.
Media maven Jen DeLeon had a sit down with Akon and talked about everything from why you shouldn’t be an artist, how to have successful businesses, his life interests besides music, entrepreneurship and so much more.
On why he wouldn’t advise anyone to be an artist, Akon spoke about the responsibilities that comes with it. As glamourous as it looks, artists must take care of everyone else around them before they benefit from their work. This includes managers, stylists et cetera.
Oh — I tell everybody, whatever you do, don’t be an artist,
That’s the worst part of the business. They work the hardest then get paid the least.
They’re the last to get paid. Everything falls on them. If some go down, ok boom it’s their name on the line, so your credibility.
The liability all falls on you and then you gotta make sure that everybody’s around you is actually taken care of so when money comes in you pay off everybody else and then whatever’s left is yours but then you got to pay the IRS after that,
That’s why I said music is always a vehicle to get you to real business — to actually engage in real business because as an artist, you know, and then especially if you’re not a writer or producer or anything like that, but the beautiful thing about that though is the business is attracted by it.
You attract business, so you have to have some kind of business savvy or sense to understand opportunities when those kind of business opportunities fall in placeAkon
Akon, a Senegalese-American rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004).