Black History Month: Chris Barnett Inspires - Page 2
Chris had made the move to Rawkus Records where Mos Def and Talib Kweli were signed. One of Chris’ first major career successes was helping to get Mos Def his first gold record. This was very prestigious for an independent label, because prior to this that had never really happened before.
With this level of success, Chris continued to catch the eyes of other major and independent record labels. He then spent the next couple of years going to various record labels utilizing the skills that he was fast becoming best known for in the business. Chris was in his realm, doing what he wanted to do and what he was good at.
The fruits of hard work and commitment were evident; Chris Barnett had become a success.
In 2003, the record industry entered a crisis mode. A lot of the labels either began to consolidate or dissipate.
Chris did not let this stand in the way of his convictions, his career or personal motivations. He forged forward and onto another career it was where he would achieve even greater successes.
“I happened to have a friend that went to Ecko Unlimited,” Chris said. “It was kind of a lifestyle brand, fashion is obviously different than music but my boss decided to take a chance on me and hire me.”
No doubt because of the fact that he was aware of Chris’ work ethic.
“At Ecko, we did a lot of fun and different things. Even though it was a fashion company, we launched a video game; we even kind of transitioned the brand which had strong Hip-Hop roots to more of a well-rounded lifestyle brand.”
In 2007, once Chris had left Ecko, he made the big move from Los Angeles to New York. Once there, he had decided to go independent and worked on a number of different projects for different people and companies before making his next move.
“A mutual friend had introduced me to my new boss at SAE Institute, Marco Betelli. He brought me into the fold a year ago and that is how I ended up here.”
Chris never stayed down. Once he was up, he worked hard to maintain a successful and rewarding professional life. People may find it hard to believe that money and materialistic items did not come into play when he sought motivation; what were his motivations?Continued on the next page