Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Goode.
Tiffany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been a musician my entire life. I began playing trumpet in third grade. My senior year of high school, we won a Count Basie Orchestra Jazz Contest, and I was awarded the best soloist. I had the opportunity to perform with the Count Basie Orchestra and to be seen by the music professors and band director at the school.
This led me to attend Hampton University on a partial scholarship and eventually getting my Bachelors in Music Engineering and Technology from there. I worked for Teddy Riley for two years in his studio in Virginia Beach called Future Studios as an engineering assistant.
I moved to Atlanta in May of 2000, where I started working at Turner Broadcasting. I went back to school and got my MBA from Clark Atlanta University with a dual emphasis in Marketing and Decisions Sciences/Information Systems. I changed positions within Turner Broadcasting and started working for an internal business consulting unit that focused on building strategy reporting to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). I worked at Turner for 15 years.
While working at Turner, I was simultaneously building my company, Goode Stuff Entertainment LLC, that is headed up by me and my brother, Jon Goode. We focused on cultivating the poetry sub-culture in Atlanta by identifying talent and providing venues for them to perform. We were blessed to be selected to lead the Def Poetry Jam Atlanta marketing and submission process.
We had four artists from Atlanta to appear on Def Poetry Jam. We also have had artists featured on “Verses and Flow” and several other poetry shows. Jon Goode is an Emmy nominated writer. We have been blessed to partner with CNN for the “Black in America” series. We continue to do specialized performances for corporations. We continue to cultivate the next generation of poets, but we have added my background of music composition and placement for film and television.
Our music has been featured on several independent films including “Joy Road,” which is currently airing on Netflix. We have also done music for “Every Scar and Dimple,” “Break Fast,” and several webisodes. In 2013, I received my Professional Certification in Composing Music for TV and Film from Berklee College of Music. I am currently a candidate for a Masters in Ethnomusicology.
I am a professional musician that plays in several ensembles including Sol Rizing Band an all-female reggae fusion band we started in 2015, Orchestra Noir, The Peachtree Symphonic Winds and the West Side Winds Jazz Orchestra.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has definitely not been easy, but I wouldn’t say it was hard as well. I have always heard that “nothing worth having ever comes easy.” I partner that saying with the saying, “God will never give you more than you can bear.” I learned a lot about believing in myself and trusting in God through the process of transitioning my career fully over to an independent artist.
We worry too much and use our energy to promote worrying versus to promote dream creation and realization. We know that when we walk in our purpose doors open. I have heard some no’s and seen some doors close, but they were not the doors for me to walk through. My biggest obstacle by far has been myself.
Goode Stuff Entertainment – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company is Goode Stuff Entertainment. In addition to what we do for the artist community in Atlanta, I recently merged my love for the arts and music with my strategy background to produce “The Indy Artist Management Strategy,” or the “I AM Strategy.” This is a program designed to take you from “I wish” to “I AM!”
I am very excited to be able to share the knowledge that I have accumulated working for corporations and helping them to create and execute strategies that make and keep them successful. It is a simple five-step strategy that helps artists build their strategy and their brand from the ground up. Artist tends to find themselves in one of three places.
They are either at the beginning of their career or revamping their career. They sometimes have seen some success, but want to go to the next level. Others are trying to sustain their career. The strategy is updated periodically to ensure that you are course correcting.
Wherever you are in your artistic journey, the strategy is designed to meet you where you are and map out a plan to take you where you want to go. I am also partnering with several other powerful female musicians and managers to develop a music conference in 2019 or 2020.
Goode Stuff Entertainment is broken into two sides. My brother leads the poetry arm, and I lead the music side. The musical side is focused on creating music for Film and Television. This includes placing original pieces with Film and TV, as well as music score creation for film.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have several moments that bring me joy from the Def Poetry placements to getting my first song in a movie. I would say that the proudest moment for me has been getting over my internal fears and taking the needed chances to get me closer to living my dreams.
- Website: www.goodestuff.net
- Phone: 770-833-0799
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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