The awesomepreneur we love this week, Chi Town musician Scottie Long, has come a long way in his journey to heartwork. From local troubadour (of ScottieLong.com) to in-demand talentpreneur of Scottie Long Productions, Inc., Scottie has found a way to bring his love of music to a wider audience, all while lifting up fellow performing artists and giving their heartwork a hand.
Breaking news! During the summer of 2013, Scottie Long Productions, Inc. is teaming up with the Elmhurst City Centre to provide live acoustic music every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Four musicians will be lining the streets of downtown Elmhurst each Wednesday, creating a live soundtrack to Elmhurst’s “Cool Cars Under the Stars” and jazzin’ up Saturday night date night, too.
One of the things I love most about living in San Cristóbal de las Casas is the café + music culture, so to hear that SLP is creating more spaces for live music in my hometown makes me wonder if I shouldn’t give the ‘Hurst more credit. Makes a girl a little ‘Hurstsick. <3
1. Who are you?
Give us a quick heartography of yourself.
A music lover, guitarist and singer with the privilege of hiring Chicago’s finest solo performing artists thanks to amazing clients entrusting Scottie Long Productions, Inc. [SLP Inc.] with music booking and talent buying services.
2. What do you do?
Describe your heartwork.
SLP Inc. supplies venues (restaurants, bars, villages/cities, corporate events) top quality performing artists in order to strengthen their entertainment offering and add value for existing clientele while attracting additional patrons; in turn leading to incremental revenue growth for the venue.
3. How did you get started as an awesomepreneur?
My musical journey began at the age of 18 when I started learning guitar. Shortly thereafter, I took to the stage as a singer/songwriter, released original music recordings and began to develop a following while attending University of Iowa and performing in Chicago and the suburbs during breaks from school. While in Iowa City, I connected with MER [merplay.com] in the course of his Midwest tours and we developed what turned out to be a long-term relationship. In 2010, MER and I partnered in SLP Inc. where he is able to utilize his extensive network of Chicago musicians and live music marketing while I can focus on account management and financial aspects of the business.
4. Do you have a day job?
How do you fund your heartwork?
In addition to personal live music performances [www.scottielong.com] and SLP Inc. talent buying/booking services, I am a sales manager for an MRO supply corporation. Thankfully, my heartwork of personal live music performance and creating live music opportunities for fellow musicians and friends is completely self-sufficient with regard to funding. SLP Inc. revenues doubled from 2010 to 2011 and are on pace to double again from 2011 to 2012.
5. What is your biggest work challenge?
When does your heartwork feel like hard work?
Time is my greatest challenge. Finding a scheduling balance when both of my worlds become busy is absolutely a task I thrive upon.
6. What is the best thing about being an awesomepreneur?
Why do you love what you do?
SLP Inc. is an exciting business because every opportunity which benefits our business also benefits many others as well as Chicago’s local music scene. I love meeting new people and I am most passionate learning about others and their journey’s in life.
7. What is your #1 tip for working with heart?
What do you want to share with other awesomepreneurs?
Learn to enjoy the journey while focusing on the big picture. When encountering obstacles, remember how you felt at the outset of your work and channel that energy towards personal and professional growth.
Here’s a little gem from the Scottie Long YouTube channel. Can’t go wrong with Bill Withers.
We love Scottie Long!