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[EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT] Paul Stewart, Music Supervisor & Producer

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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 FuriousHustle & 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.