Top Barbadian artistes shared their insights and knowledge about the industry with upcoming artists at the Barbados Community College last Wednesday.
The event was the inaugural conference, dubbed Being the Ideal Artist, of the students of the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Arts and Entertainment, held at the Creative Punch Arena at the Barbados Community College.
The industry experts who formed the panel were Dionne Timothy, coordinator of the Bachelor in Fine Arts and Entertainment Management course at the Barbados Community College; Seandette Wiltshire, managing Director of Market One; Christina Hunte, CEO and Lead Marketing Strategist of Kreativ Edge; Kris Clarke, band Director, Two Mile Hill; Ingrid Holder, owner of Live Wire Entertainment and Varia Williams, the principal & managing director of Mustardseed Productions.
Dionne Timothy conducted an interactive presentation where she asked a student to place all items into an open cylinder without losing any of the pieces. The activity aimed to highlight the importance of planning when solving problems. She insisted that management is a process that should not be limited to just an outline in one’s mind; it should be represented and illustrated in documents with charts and deadlines.
The students also received words of advice from Ingrid Holder who advised them to focus on their artistry and what makes them sound unique or recognisable.
Band Director of Two Mile Hill, Kris Clarke echoed those remarks, telling students to decide if they will be serious enough about their artistry to approach it as a business.
Christina Hunte, CEO and lead marketing strategist at Kreativ Edge explained the difference between a brand and a brand name and pointed the students to social media to help them create a distinct and distinguishable brand.
Carlos Griffith, a student completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Entertainment Management, described the panel discussion as ‘interesting’ with the words ‘Know who you are’ being especially meaningful to him.
Meanwhile, fellow student Melissa Watkins said that she found the conference informative.
“It was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel I have a greater understanding of what it is going to take to be the ideal artist,” she said.
Marketing Agent for the conference, Akeem Chandler- Prescod said that the conference achieved its goal.
“Overall, the students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts and Entertainment Management are very proud of the outcome of the conference. [It] achieved the goal it set out to, which is to form a discussion and a dialogue between established artists and aspiring artists,” he said. (LG)