Many of us spend our weeks counting down the days looking forward to the weekend. We’ve even come up with little nicknames, such as hump day, to help ease the dread of going into work. For Tony M Fountain, he was not interested in that lifestyle or even having a boss at all for that matter. Instead, he wanted to go after a career in the music industry by creating a platform of his own. He transformed his small recording studio into a media company that consists of an entertainment news site, a magazine, and an artist service company with a good team that helped create his financial freedom.
“Building the right team is what led me to success. There is no such thing as self-made; it takes a team. I used to struggle with trying to find the right people for the job. For example, if I hired someone to fix an issue on my website they’d end up breaking something else within the site while fixing it. Ultimately it ended up costing me a lot of time and money. I had to create a list of prerequisites and develop an automated way to hire the right people so that it would take a fraction of time and money that it used to.” Explains Tony.
When Tony M Fountain began his career in the entertainment industry, he realized it was just like any other job he’d had in the past. It was a bit frustrating, he was working around the clock and not getting a much out of the business. He did most of the work for free in the beginning as a method to get his name out
while continuing to work his multiple day jobs and learning more about the business in his free time. After reading motivational books by writers like books by Gary Vaynerchuk and Steve Harvey he realized things were coming to a point where he really had to name his price, bet on himself, take that leap of faith, and go all in.
“I started my journey after purchasing a used MPC on eBay in 2011. Since then I have been a husband, father, the designer turned into the webmaster and ultimately entrepreneur. I wanted to feel like I actually owned my business vs my businesses owning me. When I started, it was rough, it took a heavy toll on my family, my own mental health, and I had no life. Eventually, I managed to find the balance I needed to do what I love on my terms.” Recounts Tony.
Now, Tony helps teach independent artists about gaining their own financial freedom on their own terms. He shows artists how to make money, spend less, and gain more free time by avoiding the pitfalls and maximizing their campaign efforts. For him, it is important that people continue to not only make money but also continue to be more and more efficient and build teams whether in the house or outsourced by trusted freelancers. And use automation services when available as well, because you always have the opportunity to make more money but you will never get more time. And you have to respect your time here as well as others; we only get so much and then the rides over.
“The good thing about taking these risks I did and failing forward is that now I get to help others avoid the same mistakes I made that cost me a lot of time and money. Money comes and goes, but time is precious. I have learned to manage my time wisely. Mentoring people is passion. It’s the one thing I’m willing to spend the most time on & make the least amount of money from. But only for people who listen, take note, and move forward accordingly; I won’t repeat myself… for free” States Tony.
Tony has also made himself more successful by streamlining his processes and automating some of the tasks such as auto-posting content from his site using API so that he doesn’t have to log in to each and every social site daily. Also, by creating chatbots so that it filters out those who just want to waste time. This gives him the freedom to create other opportunities and spend more time with his family.
“I have been in this industry since 2011 and have helped artists such as Shotgun Shane, Ranna Royce, and Nino Brown. No matter what I start, I try to find a way to automate aspects of the job so I can do things that I want. I would like to be remembered as the guy who helped artists & entrepreneurs achieve their goals without taking advantage of them or taking forever to get things accomplished.” Says Tony.
Tony had to face a lot of challenges in the beginning stages of growing his business and had to face the bulk of them by himself. His mission is to help as many artists and entrepreneurs as possible so that they don’t have to face the same battles. He is now a mentor for others and plans on releasing a book by spring 2021 with some of the same information he gives his clients for those he doesn’t have the time to consult with.