We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Bowen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erica, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I think about risk-taking, I really think about how the risk is going to impact the people I care about. I’ve seen a lot of people make poor decisions in the name of risk-taking, but I’ve also had the experience of knowing what’s going to work best for the people I love, and the people I work with, and defending that risk because I really believed in it. You learn a lot from risk-taking, but as long as your heart is in the right place you don’t really have anything to worry about.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My most proud accomplishment as of recently is joining the staff at Cinematic Music Group as the Senior Vice President of A&R. I’ve always supported independent hip-hop, even while I worked for Def Jam. I got to this position by being willing to work harder than anyone on my team, and really loving my job and the artists I’ve worked with. Managing multiple artists and their projects is never an easy job, but its worth it. One of the most challenging things working with artists and other people in the music industry is learning to not take things personal. Most of the time artists are surrounded by people who have the wrong type of influence on their career or lack basic respect for others. You always reserve the right to put those people in check, but sometimes there are more effective (and less stressful) ways to get the job done. Through it all I’ve learned that artists are people too, and a lot of the time need more patience than you might expect. I want people to know, based on my story, that you can really do anything you want as long as you love it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spot in the city is Area 4, it’s Atlanta’s hottest brunch but its so much more. There’s always something going on, plus the music and the food are always top notch.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to the entire city of Atlanta. I relocated to Georgia in 2006 to start a new job and its really turned into a second home. There’s nothing like New York City, but the people in Atlanta have embraced me and allowed me to put my signature on their time dominating mainstream hip-hop.

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