Meet Wall-Street Executive Turned Pop/R&B Artist, Dom Marcell

Dom Marcell is not your ordinary Artist. First, his self-written music makes you feel what he feels and lets you think how he thinks. Second, with his background in business, you will understand why he has a team of 70 and runs his music career like a business! I had the opportunity to speak with Dom Marcell for an exclusive interview where he talks about moving from Corporate America to Entertainment, his music being a conduit, and what we can expect from his album.

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I was 17 years old at the time and I was in the process of matriculating to the University of Southern California. I had made the decision during my senior year at Isidore Newman School (my high school in New Orleans), that I was going to pursue my passion concurrent to my undergraduate studies. This was a lot to take on as you can imagine! At the time I was a broke college kid, so I did the best I could to be self-sufficient. Similar to now, I wrote all my songs. However, what’s different is that I choreographed and booked all my shows and marketed my craft alone. Looking back, I did create a little start-up company at the time, I just didn’t know it. I loved every bit of it, but I definitely was stressed out because I also did internships at Warner Brothers, HBO, and Atlantic Records to allow me to learn the ins and out of the business. Even then, I appreciated the importance of both creativity and intellectuality.

What in particular made you realize that a career in corporate America was not for you?

Great question. Corporate America before and after obtaining my JD/MBA at Northwestern University taught me so much! Teamwork, leadership, efficiency, marketing, business development etc. However, I knew that I would eventually start my own company one day, hence pursuing two degrees. I just did not know when and what it would be. I always wanted to be autonomous. In addition, I would see my peers start companies in school and I would be so inspired by this. Once my craft began to get traction, I knew it was time to pursue my start-up head on. It came earlier than expected! I appreciate my experience on Wall St. as a media/entertainment investment banker because I understand how decisions are made at these types of firms and the challenges executives face in the volatile economic climate and time of evolving consumer tastes.