[EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT] Paul Stewart, Music Supervisor & Producer
Here at The Urban Influencer, we love to highlight music industry "big wigs," corporate America execs, successful entrepreneurs, and small business owners.
Today (Nov. 1st) we spotlight Paul Stewart, a Music Supervisor whose credits include movies and TV shows such as Insecure, Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hustle & Flow, Dear White People, Bring It On: All Or Nothing, Chicagoland, Rebel, Barbershop 2: Back In Business, and many more. He's also served as producer for multiple documentaries.
In this Q&A, learn what makes this "head honcho" tick.
What's your profession?
I am an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry, I am a music supervisor with over 50 film and TV credits to my name. I am an artist manager who has managed artists who have won grammy's under my tutelage. I have also produced films and worked in many different entrepreneurial capacities in the industry.
How did you get started?
I started as a DJ and a street promoter. Eventually, I got an internship at Arista records LA.
What's a normal workday like for you?
I return emails and make calls from my office - I may go to a studio session - I may stop by the set of a film or TV show I am working on.
What's the most enjoyable part of your career?
I love helping artists realize their dreams, helping an artist make a living from their craft so they can solely focus on their art is a great feeling.
What's the least enjoyable?
The industry has a lot of shady and not pleasant people in it. Sometimes I'm forced to deal with these types of people.
What are you most proud of in your career?
I music supervised the indie film Hustle & Flow which won a Grammy for best song.
Who are your role models/mentors?
I unfortunately never had great mentors. My role models were music industry greats like Mo Ostin, Irving Azoff, Bob Evans.
What advice do you have for those who want to pursue a career in that field?
Take advantage of any opportunity presented, internships can be a great asset. Study and learn as much as you can, bring value whenever possible.
Learn more about Paul HERE.