We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Connor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I think that I have a very special career choice for this very reason. I have found that my professional career path is largely based on the success of those that I support. In other words, when a band or artist that I work with has an incredible show, that is a successful moment in my career. By the end of my career, all that I could ever hope for is that I left an impact on fans and artists alike. By creating memorable, impactful events and shows, I believe that there are infinite opportunities to leave a positive mark on the people around me. At the end of my career, I hope that I have made a difference in at least one person’s life. That’s all that really matters to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe that what sets me most apart from others is also what I am most proud of. I am community oriented and work to be a servant of others. In the music industry, I believe that this is incredibly rare and hard to find. Because it is often a selfish, self-centered career path, I have chosen to take the difficult route and go against the grain with my methods. This has led to me working an extensive amount of shows with little to no income, as well as long hours and phone calls all to bring success for other people. I have sacrificed plenty of things in my personal life to ensure ease for others, whereas I have found that many often rely on personal comfort rather than community success. With that being said, I think that this is often the most rewarding thing. When I opened my booking agency, my goal was always to help artists and bands without representation find success and be rewarded for their hard work. I believe that I have always stuck to these core values and that is something I will continue to be proud of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are certainly a few hidden gems around Atlanta! My personal favorite hole-in-the-wall places include the delicious tacos at Supremo or the incredible atmosphere at Carroll Street Cafe. As well as this, Little’s might have the best burger in the city! Monday Night Garage has always been a personal favorite for a nice beer along the beltline at sunset as well! I will always take visitors to locally owned shops like Versus, and I don’t think it gets better than kicking a soccer ball somewhere with a view like next to Old Fourth Ward Skatepark! My friends will get mad at me for this one, but there’s also a bench right next to the zoo with a view of Atlanta that is unmatched as the sunsets!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Versus ATL, a minority-owned business in East Atlanta Village, completely changed my life. If it were not for the leadership, challenges, and constant encouragement that I was offered through this iconic, community-minded place, I believe that I never would have had what it takes to be successful. Learning under black and mexican owners taught me to never take no for an answer. I was constantly encouraged and pushed to fight through any challenge faced and to never lose hope. I learned that giving up was never an answer. Along with this, the owners of the store put me in situations with high-profile clientele that taught me how to carry myself and interact with celebrities on a daily basis, as well as to see their success and strive for it myself. I will forever be grateful for Versus ATL and the people I have met through the community birthed out of the shop.