Always work to improve and grow in your singing, piano, guitar, dancing, and acting. (I’ve learned that if I stop singing for just 1 week, my voice will begin to change and it won’t be as strong as it could be if I were to have been practicing everyday. …


Stick to what YOU like. I changed my sound and style for a little while based on the preferences of other people (labels etc.) and it was the worst point in my career. Do you!

As a part of our series about rising music stars, I had the distinct pleasure…


Make a business plan early and stick to it. I was older than I should’ve been when I realized a business plan was more than just a thought. Outline every single detail of who you are from a business perspective and put it on paper. Organize every scenario for your…


I have always worked for marine conservation and through my filming have become involved in a number of indigenous issues. My access to the media has allowed me a platform to get the word out, and more importantly to act as a catalyst for others. By living my beliefs, others…


It can be very difficult to manage school, acting, auditions, sports, and regular life. I think the first thing that I do to make sure that I stay balanced is to stay on a strict schedule. A strict schedule helps me to complete my many responsibilities. My mom also helps…


Don’t focus on getting to the top of the mountain at the beginning. Just focus on making that first step. Each step will lead you on a path in the direction that will eventually get you to where you really want to go. …


Hard work will always pay off, the saying is it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill: That saying has always stuck with me. I try to sit with my instrument either writing or learning something new between 2 and 6 hours a day. Music and theory didn’t come as…


Understanding that this is a marathon, not a sprint. What is meant for you is for you so try not to get distracted or be envious of what others are doing. You have to love what you do or learn to love what you do because it won’t feel like…


Give yourself grace. Not everything is going to come out perfect and not everything is going to be your best work. You have to allow room for error, room for improvement and room to grow. You have to know and understand that things are going to happen and that this…


Always be prepared. A lot of auditions can happen on the same day without any notice. Have your audition stuff ready to go. Before, my mom would get a notice for an audition and have to pick me up from school and drive me to LA. Now, it’s easier with…

Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group

Specializing in acquiring, producing and distributing films about equality, diversity and other thought provoking subjects

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store