Never Allow Anyone to Take Control Over What You Have Created
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Aldren McCullar is the founder of Gospel Artist Entertainment. Recognised as a social media influencer within the community, he is known for keeping his global readership up to date with the latest news in and outside the Gospel. I spoke with him to find out more about how and why he believed we needed to get this movement started.
2BReal: How did you get your current job?
AM: Honestly, Gospel Artist Entertainment was God-given. I came up with a plan to create something which will not only enhance the Gospel industry but also impact thousands in a positive and unique way. As God lead me, I began creating ideas that will stand out to the public’s eye. So he pretty much placed it in my life.
2BReal: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did the idea for Gospel Artist Entertainment come from?
AM: Well, I was born and raised in Dallas, Tx., where I currently reside. Since I was a child, I’ve always had a passion for music. I never really knew where I would be later in life, but my goal was to become something successful in the entertainment world. I decided to build Gospel Artist Entertainment strictly off faith; no second or third parties involved, just faith. The idea came from just watching people ministries over the years. I’ve always wanted to help people in some way, not only just in Gospel, but all over the world. I wanted to provide a platform that presented the opportunity to individuals to display their gifts to people who may not know who they are.
2BReal: How long has Gospel Artist Entertainment been running for?
AM: Gospel Artist Entertainment was created and established on November 23, 2014. It has now been running for 4 years. I’m really excited about not only was has happened for my company, but also what will happen in the future.
2BReal: Who has been your biggest supporter and inspiration as the Gospel Artist Entertainment has evolved over the years?
AM: Oh my gosh lol, I can name many people…lol but I would have to say my biggest supporters have been my parents. They have prayed for me, encouraged, pushed me, and taught me so much. I’m so grateful for them because they were literally the shoulders I cried on when I was at my lowest point and when I wanted to give up. So I want to say thank you to my mom and dad for being my number one supporters.
My biggest inspirations have been my brother, Todd Dulaney (also one of my biggest supporters), and Pastor Donnie McClurkin. These two have encouraged me and have poured so much into me, it’s crazy yet amazing lol. There have been many other people that have supported me, and I’m so thankful, but I wanted to specifically point these two out. I’m grateful for them.
2BReal: Your “newswire” style feed on Instagram is followed by some of the most prominent names in the industry. What have been some of your best highlights since starting the platform?
AM: Oooh, that’s a good one…lol hmmm… When I first started, I used to have this “broadcast” on my social media sites called Industry Talk with Gospel Artist Entertainment. This involved many artists giving their thoughts on current events, their ministry, etc… So having that encounter with them have always been a highlight for me. Another highlight was getting the opportunity to work with Snoop Dogg on helping to market his Gospel album, Bible of Love. That was an amazing experience itself. Another highlight was being able to interview various artists on the Stellar Awards red carpet for the very first time. I really enjoyed that moment. There are so many other moments and I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it there lol.
2BReal: With accomplishments come challenges in building a brand. How did you overcome your obstacles and what did you learn from them?
AM: I completely agree. There have been many obstacles I’ve faced leading up to where I am now with Gospel Artist Entertainment, and they haven’t been pretty lol. It wasn’t easy overcoming them at the time because flesh wanted to rise. And it almost did lol but I had to realize that my journey isn’t always going to have bright and sunny days. So I had to really pray and even talk it out with my parents and some close friends. I really believe that besides praying, God will also place those certain people in your life for encouragement and guidance.
So that’s pretty much how I was able to overcome it. I learned that I must always be careful who I allow into my life because people will drain your kindness and take advantage of it. Surround yourself with people who are going to pray for you, believe in you, encourage you, correct you in love, and push you to succeed in whatever you’re trying to do.
2BReal: What are the future plans for Gospel Artist Entertainment? What do you envision for the brand for the next five years?
AM: Honestly, it’s hard to say right now. Lol, I can’t release too many details about what I am working on, but I will say that God is about to do something major. I’m looking to expand Gospel Artist Entertainment even bigger than what it is now. My entire goal is to reach as many people as possible with my platform. So I’m beyond excited. Stay tuned.
2BReal: As a global influencer, what are your three top tips for running an influential news platform on Instagram for example to build followers, your brand and your reputation within the industry?
AM: My 3 top tips would be: 1, stay consistent. Do not give up. It doesn’t come overnight, but your hard work will pay off. That’s what I had to learn. Do not stop the process. 2, be presentable. Image & quality is important, physically, spiritually, and mentally. Invest in yourself. Make people remember your brand and who you are in a positive way. And 3, be in control. When you build your brand and company, you are the boss. You are in control. It’s great to receive suggestions, but if it’s not going to help you and your business grow, move on to the next. Never allow anyone to take control over what you have created. Do it your way and the way God has given you. It may be different and weird to them, but it’s brilliant to others that will invest into you.
2BReal: For someone who may be wanting to break into the news and media industry, what would be your advice for them in starting out?
AM: Make sure that this is something you not only have a passion for, but you’re also called to do. It’s not your “regular” job, it’s a career. It’s not going to always be easy, but it’s worth it in the end. So after knowing that this is something you want to do, be faithful and committed to it. Create a plan. Write your vision, make it plain, and get to work.
2BReal: As a man of God, what is your favourite scripture that brings you comfort, confidence and composure?
AM: My favourite scripture that I’m reminded of any time I’m working on my company and it seems like things aren’t going right is: “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.” This scripture builds me up and reminds me that nothing is too big or impossible to get done. My confidence and faith then become restored.