This month, we’re spotlighting Music Forward industry volunteer and Live Nation Workplace Inclusion Manager, Taryana Gilbeau. Prior to her role with Live Nation, Taryana began her career in entertainment at United Talent Agency (UTA) and recently brought her background and expertise to our youth audience during All Access Fest where she participated in our Office Hours: Resume Building workshop.
How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
My first role in the industry was at United Talent Agency (UTA), an entertainment agency in Los Angeles. I was connected through an organization called the Posse Foundation and it was history from there. Networking and asking for help is what got me in the door!
What made you want to pursue a career in diversity and inclusion?
I always say this is my life’s work. I don’t think it was a conscious choice, I just found roles that I felt made a positive impact on people. When I first heard of “diversity & inclusion” I realized that I was already doing this work for years and am fortunate to continue having a thriving career in this space.
What do you love most about your role?
My role is built on relationships and as a people person – I love that. I get to be an advocate for diverse communities and introduce people to opportunities they didn’t even know existed. My role has so many layers – educator, advocate, connector, event planner, etc – so it is always evolving.
How did you become involved with Music Forward?
What Music Forward is doing directly ties into my work as a diversity and inclusion leader so I was excited to be connected during my first few weeks at Live Nation. I participated in the All Access Fest as a speaker and loved seeing their work in action.
Was there ever a time that you doubted yourself and if so, how did you overcome that challenge?
Of course. When I started my first entertainment job I was overwhelmed — the speed at which the industry worked, the unofficial rules that I didn’t know about, and the pressure to be perfect. It took a while to get adjusted. I overcame it by finding my tribe.
For me, that was other Black people at work that could relate to me on a personal level. They encouraged me, mentored me, laughed with me – they were my safe space. I never felt alone and I believe finding your support at work is critical to success.
What have the past two years taught you?
That your overall wellness is everything.
Your physical, emotional, and mental well-being is the priority and if you are in a situation that doesn’t positively add to your happiness, change it if you can.
How does music move you?
Music has turned a room full of strangers into my best friends. Music connects generations and people around the world. I love that about music.