Tyrone Chambers is no stranger to the art of multitasking. With a full-time job, a start-up in the works, and multiple other projects and titles, he shed some light on how he achieves his many aspirations.
Chambers grew up in South London and graduated from university in 2015 in global business management. Since that time, just some of the jobs he has taken up include project management in the IT and finance space, operations and logistics for a music department, customer service and even freelance football writing. Chambers has also been involved in social action campaigns.
One such campaign is The Reach – Next Generation Summit, which, according to Chambers, partners with the largest companies across the world doing events through the U.K. that focus on empowering young girls aged 11 to around 15.
But throughout this time, Chambers has also been a musician, playing drums for the past 15 years in various bands and at his local church.
Relating to music, his full-time job is being a studio manager and head of events at The Box, a space for hire. The space is rented out for the creation of podcasts, video shoots and other creative projects. Chambers also indicated that the company plans to move into the live, intimate events space.
“We had our first event last month, which was a listening party that I produced,” said Chambers. “We’re looking to do more of those between sort of like the release parties, intimate concerts, as well as the video shoots, photo shoots, podcasts, etc.”
The Box provides a space for aspiring creatives to celebrate, produce, record, and perform their artistic work.
Chambers also works part-time building his company, Elevation Management. He hopes to make it his full-time responsibility. Starting it officially a few months before the pandemic, Chambers describes Elevation Management as “slowly burning.”
Through Elevation Management Chambers manages artists, one such being his friend, singer and songwriter WhenSheSpeaks.
“She was getting ready to go into music and she asked me if I could manage her. And we’ve been on this journey now about, December will make it 3 years.” … “She just released her EP last Friday, which has been amazing, the rollout and everything has been great.”
Chambers’ plan to get into the music and events space began 10 years ago and he said that his company has gone through “various iterations over the years.”
When asked what kind of musicians he wanted to manage, he said he wanted to work in the R&B, neo soul space. Chambers emphasized that it is necessary for managers to give their artists creative freedom.
“No level of empowerment is generated as a result of micromanagement.”
When asked how he juggles multiple projects while still actively growing his start-up and being at a full-time job, Chambers came with no shortage of advice for those also looking to achieve their aspirations and be successful in any field.
To organize himself and the people that he works with, Chambers suggested having multiple email addresses tailored to each company or project.
“You can demarcate what people have what contact information, because if everyone has the same email for you, then it’s so easy for everything to be meshed into one.”
Chambers also noted that, people, especially people with start-ups should utilize the tools that they have at the time. He compared starting with little resources to the story of David and Goliath.
“You don’t have to have like, you know, the top of the top of range gear. You don’t have to have all the contacts you need in order to get started. That will come,” Chambers said. “Just start with what you have now. And as a result, just keep just being diligent in that which you started with. And then you’ll just see the growth”
Chambers also found value in playing the long game. “Don’t look for the short-term success when it comes to your life because there’s no one that’s going to be living your life more than you. You’re worth the long-term investment.”
He also discussed how individuals should be conscious of the people they surround themselves with and the importance of making sure that others aren’t the ones holding you up.
“You can have people believe in you but they can’t believe for you,” said Chambers. “Because at the end of the day, I can’t be doing more work for your dream.”
“If you’re looking for people to join you in what you’re looking to build, have a clear plan, have an idea as to what it is you want to build, what you want to create. And then as a result, the right people will come along with you. Where there’s ambiguity there’s going to be confusion.”
All of Chambers’ helpful tools and advice can be applied when pursuing any field, in the management industry and abroad. Especially for young entrepreneurs or aspiring artists, applying these tools can help alleviate the stress of juggling multiple projects while also having a clear vision for the future.
When asked about his own plans, Chambers described it as going to be “busy,” “loud” and possibly “violent,” he said jokingly.
“My twenties have really been a lot of sort of like finding myself,” said Chambers. “My thirties is literally just me try out new things.”
“I’m not going to be going with the grain. So I’m at peace with that now because I was always trying to you know,” … “Like coloring within the lines. But here’s the thing. If you really want to make impact, you’re gonna have to be different.”
By Jack Underhill, You Press Intern