“Being an entrepreneur is like getting punched in the face every day. Because you're constantly juggling, putting out fires. You never know what's going to happen. And when you're the number one guy, there's no one to point blame at. It's all on you.” — Chris Zarou
Chris Zarou (@ChrisZarou) is Founder and CEO of Visionary Music Group, which helped shape the careers of artists like Logic, Jon Bellion, and Jeremy Zucker. Chris is also an angel investor, and he’s currently starting a fund which will be announced in the coming months.
To listen to Chris Zarou’s quick interview on habits, routines, and inspirations, click here.
For more, explore the transcript of this episode.
- Chris’ background and starting his own artist management company
- Serendipity and working with Logic
- The role of an artist manager
- Bootstrapping and being a blue collar entrepreneur
- The similarities between music and investing
- The 2017 VMAs and aftermath
- Authenticity for performers
- Investing and perfect timing
- Lessons learned as an entrepreneur and investor
- Connect with Chris Zarou: Twitter | Instagram | Visionary Music Group
- Def Jam
- Blake Robbins
- Fred Ehrsam
- Anthony Pompliano
- FaZe Clan
- Harrison Remler
- Logic's VMA Performance of 1-800-273-8255
- LeBron James
- Suicide Prevention Hotline
- XXL Mag
- Ed Sheeran
- The Incredible True Story
- Jon Bellion
- Stephen Curry
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1-800-273-8255 Performance on the VMAs
A key moment in the career of both Logic and Chris Zarou, this performance brought awareness to mental health and is worth a watch.
This post from Masterclass gives a great overview of the role and how the manager interacts with and supports artists.
Musicians Who Have Opened Up About Their Mental Health Struggles
Billboard has put together a list of musicians who have talked about their own mental health issues, which in turn brings awareness to the need for support and treatment for all.
Chris finds that getting to inbox zero each day helps him stay organized and prevents overwhelm with his many businesses and investments. Inc has a clear-cut guide on how to get yourself there.
If you’re interested in Chris’ latest rabbit hole, Web3, this Slate piece is a good place to start.