TZB Project 365 (Day 63) – Unleash the Good Stuff

Ever start talking to someone about something you’re incredibly passionate about and you find your mind/body/spirit/mouth just run on autopilot? You’re so excited and inspired that you’re entire body and energy become animated? Your cheeks flush and your smile takes over your face? Your spirit practically leaps out of your chest, mocking you as it dances in front of your body? Know what I’m saying? Yeah…passion. The good stuff. You feel like you’re floating on air. It’s where work isn’t work. Where thought becomes opportunity. It’s what makes us want to be better human beings.

Find it. Tap into it. Unleash it. Be a better human being.

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 51) – No Discounts Here!

Hey Zenful Dancers! Here’s a short exercise you can do when you have a few minutes:

The next time you feel like discounting yourself (and your thoughts and feelings) try these three things in this order:

1. Stop and focus on your breath. Follow it in and out for about one minute.

2. Close your eyes and smile from the inside out for about a minute.

3. Say to yourself “I am a good, kind, wonderful and worthy person and I will live my life with a joyful open heart which has more than enough space for me and everyone that crosses my path.”

The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 27) – One Inspiring Interview

Hey Zenful Dancers! As part of the TZB Project 365, I plan to contribute a few interviews here and there with inspiring people I have the pleasure of meeting along the way. In my music industry day job, I have ample opportunities to meet a lot of people. But once in a while, I cross paths with someone who has that rare combination of spark, integrity, ambition and a big heart and I can’t help but want to know them better!

Today’s interview is with Melissa Sabo; one incredible young lady. The music business is very lucky to have her.

TZB: Give us a little background about who you are and how you came to work in music.

MS:  My name is Melissa Sabo. I started out working in my college radio station and became the GM quickly…then moved onto MD & PD in the second semester of college. I continued at the station until i graduated. This is where i built strong relationships with label reps. Through this I landed internships that would create friendships and opportunities that would change my life & mold my future. I saw an ad in the back of a CMJ (College Music Journal) magazine for a college radio rep at MCA Records. I landed the job with the agreement that i would start the day i graduated. From there i moved on to CEC Mgmt (Ben Folds, The Rocket Summer), Red Light Management (Underoath, Say Anthing, The Starting Line, The Photo Atlas)…and here I am today involved in A&R at Ultra Records and managing pop producer Sandy Vee, DJ/producer Adrian Lux, rising star Kiesza. Its been nothing short of a dream come true.

TZB: What does it mean to you to be a woman who works in the music industry?

MS:  I do believe in certain situations women have to work harder or be more aggressive to be taken seriously. In corporate work environments women are usually fairly respected however through other experiences i have seen, If a guy walks onto a tour bus or into a recording studio he is sometimes looked at differently than a women. At the end of the day gender and age don’t mean much if you have a good successful company with reputable clients & a good reputation yourself, people will want to work with you no matter what.

TZB: Some folks meditate to find balance, some people hit the gym. How do you find a live/work balance in your life?

MS: Spending time with friends and also being out at shows is my way of relaxing. A night out watching Adrian Lux (whom I manage) or Calvin Harris (Ultra Records) play until 4am could be considered work… but for me this is my passion and I love it.

TZB: What are some of the challenges you face in your day-to-day and how do you overcome them?

MS: Trying to balance meetings, conference calls, deadlines. The best way to handle the day-to-day challenges to is learn that are the main priorities and also delegate.

TZB: Can you share one of your own inspirational stories with us?

MS: 3 years ago I took a few days off from working with bands (Red Light Management) and found myself on a plane down to Miami for Winter Music Conference. A friend of mine had just sent me P!nk’s Funhouse album and i couldn’t stop playing it over and over on the plane ride (It was at that moment i remember thinking that one day I would manage a pop star). During that weekend i walked into a dance tent and discovered a group called Swedish House Mafia. They weren’t known at the time but the energy in that tent was unbelievable. I took a picture on my phone and kept it as my background photo for a year. It gave me chills every time i Looked at it. At that moment it became my dream to manage a DJ/producer and having it on my phone was a constant reminder. FAST FORWARD 3 years later: I’m managing a pop producer – Sandy Vee- who is currently nominated for 3 Grammy’s (Record of the Year Katy Perry Firework, Album of the year Rihanna Loud, Best Dance/Electronic Album David Guetta) Managing a Swedish DJ/Producer Adrian Lux whom is very much supported by Swedish House Mafia & released a huge worldwide smash single Teenage Crime Developing a rising pop star- Kiesza!

TZB: Favorite album of 2011?

MS:  I can’t answer this….i have too many.haha

TZB: Most inspiring person in 2011?

MS:  Lady Gaga. With her…. the sky is the limit. I want to manage a pop star that carries the same motivation. An artist that goes beyond the expectations of a typical cookie cutter pop star and breaks the rules and creates their own. Someone that has the ability to change history and people’s lives forever. That’s everything I want to be and the person I want to work with for the rest of my life.

TZB: If you had to pick and then stick with only one resolution for 2012, what would it be?

MS: To try and become a “morning” person. I am terrible in the morning. I am my most creative & energetic after midnight. That is good if you are an artist but as a manager… not so good. Hahaha

I hope you’ve felt the inspiration from Melissa as I have! If you are interested in contacting Melissa, please comment below and I will be sure to pass the message onto her.

Keep on keepin’ on and visualize your dreams into reality!

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 23) – Own It!

Mantra: My life is what I make of it. I will stay focused on my path and not lose sight of my goals. I will love myself and others. I will be kind to all living things and I will stand up for others who cannot stand up for themselves. Happiness and great health makes for successful living and I am blessed with both.

The Zenful Blogger