Beth Martinez (@DangerVillage) founded Danger Village Music Publicity in 2007 to promote emerging artists that she had faith in. After ten years of sustained success, she embarks on a new venture in music publishing where her personal conviction and strong integrity will cultivate the careers of the exceptional artists that call the Danger Village home.
When I asked Beth if there was anything she wanted to talk about in our chat, "how to make the world a better place" made the short list. From our conversation, there's no doubt she does that on the regular. She does the work - the work to be the best human she can be every day. In this incredibly transparent and thoughtful conversation, Beth shares how she came to radiate the self-confidence she possesses now (but didn't always). We also talk candidly about self-care, booze, and what it's like to work in an industry where sexual harassment or assault are pervasive problems. You won't want to miss this episode. Join us.
Learn more about Beth over at Danger Village.
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Selected link love + resources from the episode
- Connect with Beth on social media: Twitter | Facebook | SoundCloud (to listen to her roster of fantastic artists)
- Music blogs: My Old Kentucky Blog, Gorilla vs. Bear, Stereogum
- Star Course
- Music industry conferences: CMJ, M for Montreal, SXSW
- Vice (and tripping the Imposter Syndrome trigger)
- Spa Castle (as an alternative to our dreaded birthday dinners)
- How Amber Coffman, Judy Miller Silverman and Daniel Gill all connect to Beth's story
- Bishop Briggs (one of the biggest new artist signings of past few yours)
- Books: Heal Your Mind: Your Prescription for Wholeness through Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Mona Lisa Schulz M.D. Ph.D. and Louise Hay; Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks; The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle and The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
- Special shout-out to Bethenny Frankel's A Place of Yes for the unexpected nudge in life
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Beth herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:12:58] I'm not good at bullshit in any way. All I can do is go out and just be the best me I can be. That I believe will make the people that I want to work with want to work with me. [17.8]
[00:15:52] Each person has unique qualifications and strengths. Appreciating your personal strengths is what makes other people appreciate them in you. No one's going to be able to see that about you unless you see it in yourself. [17.5]
[00:19:09] [On feeling like an imposter earlier in her career] I would try to introduce myself to these radio people or music journalists, and I felt like I shouldn't be there. I felt like I wasn't cool enough, hip enough or didn't have the musical knowledge. A lot of times in the music industry, people will make you feel bad for not knowing Broken Social Scene's b-sides that they recorded in France in a house or something like that. [27.2]
[00:26:14] I don't do things I don't want to do. I don't think you should do anything out of guilt or out of obligation. If you're doing things out of guilt or obligation, you're not doing it out of a generous heart or a good spirit. [20.1]
[00:32:52] There's no point in depleting your energy to the point that you feel too drained to do anything. [6.7]
[00:40:22] I want to be a pleasant person to be around. I want to think clearly. [5.0]
[00:45:43] There's a perception - and I think it's a very false perception - that in business, music or finance or whatever, that you need to hang or party with the big boys. As a woman, that's not why we're not getting invited to the table. It's not because we're not smoking cigars and drinking brandy after dinner in the men's room. We're not getting invited to the table because of misogyny. That's it. [26.0]
[00:59:46] There's something that happens in life when you decide to cut out negativity from your life. When you do that, things get better for you. I know that it's a really scary, hard thing. If you can get over that hurdle, you can see that there's a bigger world out there. [22.3]
[01:02:40] [On speaking up about her sexual assault] I can't not say things because of fear of losing work. I can't not speak up for what I think is right because I think that people will judge me. Doing what's right is not always, or hardly ever, doing what's easy. It's easy to stay silent, but it's difficult to speak up. [23.7]
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