Paul George is a talent manager at Los Angeles-based management company, Podwall Entertainment, where he represents clients across music, television, and film.
Starting his career at RCA Records/Sony Music in business development, he has since worked in various capacities directly with artists and groups including Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, NSYNC, and Dallas Austin. Currently he and company president Eric Podwall oversee management for the company’s wide range of talent including actors, artists, songwriters, producers, and creative directors.
Here's our recent chat with Paul to discuss his favourite recent campaigns and talk about the overlaps between visual creativity and music.
I’m currently working on a wide range of initiatives throughout music, television, and wellness. This past year has allowed me to exercise some creative muscles I have left dormant. In addition to providing management services for an extremely talented roster of artists, actors, songwriters, and producers, I am co-developing some exciting content for television.
On a personal level, I’ve witnessed the impact sound healing can have on your overall wellness, and with my wife, I’m excited to share an outside project we are working on together in the near future that bridges her passion for sound healing and my passion for music. I am a creator at heart and find my vocation in helping others reach their full creative potential. A big thank you to Creative Commission for allowing artists to do the same through their vast network of creatives.
Creatively at the moment I’m loving this latest intersection between tech and art.
Whether the NFT rush is a fast-inflating bubble about to burst, or in fact a marketplace culture that’s here to stay, at the very least it should be treated as a catalyst for thought about how we can create larger value for content creators. I have enjoyed the conversations and education over the last few months, and while I meet these conversations with many questions, to ignore what’s happening will continue to keep the entertainment industry’s reputation for remaining behind the curve on historical digital advancements.
Although this technology is still relatively in its infancy, blockchain technology is already offering promising prospects for the future of art and commerce. Education is key during these times. Learn, discuss, but more importantly, don’t be late.
My all-time favourite music video is Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.
Perhaps for the nostalgia now, but at the time more for what grunge-rock represented as a whole. As a kid who grew up in the 90’s, MTV had an immense influence on pop culture, and this video in particular freezes a moment in time for me. I was captivated by the grungy look, cult-like feel, and anti-conforming message of the video in an age where rebellion through music was the voice for many apathetic kids.
Made on what was considered a shoestring budget at the time, it’s lived on as one of the most memorable visuals in music history in my eyes. For some real nostalgia, below you'll find the original casting call Cobain and the band personally handed out at The Roxy in LA after a performance, the night before the video was shot.