Someone asked me my thoughts on the entertainment industry and equal pay. In response to that, I mentioned that every market is different and not all media (Radio, Web, Tv Movies) is created equal. Once you get to a Major Market situation, as a man or woman, you need to make sure you have an Agent or an Entertainment Lawyer. To go even further I would argue that in a medium or small market situation if you have a colleague that you can trust, have them go over your deal with you.
You need that person who is outside of your hopes and dreams to look over your contract and make sure you can get the things you need and deserve. Think about how many times in your life you have been offered something you thought you wanted and jumped only to find out it was not what it seemed, or you have hoped for? That is the equivalent of eating gas station fried chicken; it seems like a good idea at the time. This also includes protecting your reputation and brand as well. You always have to remember the company that wants to hire you may like you and your work, but at the end of the day they have to look out for their interest, so should you. Protect yourself and your brand at all cost.
Kwame Dankwa is a 12-year radio veteran with stops in Hartford Ct, Rutland VT Boston MA, and Seattle Washington.
He is currently Program Director of CHR WRTS Erie PA (Star 104). Follow him @TheKwameShow on Instagram and Twitter.