Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

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If you are not familiar with Yandy smith, she’s a female hustla from Harlem, NY and she is about her money. Yandy is featured on season 2 of VH1‘s Love & Hip Hop. Black Enterprise recently caught up with the entertainment manager for a brief interview. Smith’s worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.Below Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry—for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level.

Dress for the role you want, not the role you have.

“Even when I was an intern, I dressed the part of a professional who already has a top position,” Smith says. “I was coming in with my blazer and my button-down and nice slacks or jeans because if I want to be respected, I wanted people to know that I’m not just a kid.” You don’t have to be stuffy in a suit, but dress professionally for the field you’re in.

Sharpen your listening and observation skills.

“Be like a fly on a wall. Mona [Scott-Young] used to always tell me to be a great listener and take notes. I still have those notes and used them to start my own business.”

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Step your tech education and Web game up.

“Bosses love having people around who are smarter than they are,” Smith says. Know the industry trends and stay on top of mastering them. “Everything is online now in the music industry … so if you’re great with technology and Web, that’s a plus.” Let your knowledge and smarts speak for themselves.

Be persistent and consistent.

Be strategic and confident in landing your dream position. Smith didn’t take no for an answer when she approached Violator Management for her first post-graduate internship. They weren’t hiring at the time, so she would come back to the office and seek out opportunities until finally they hired her. Her persistence led to key positions in the company and ultimately the move to step on her own.

Have passion for what you do and who you work with.

“You must believe in the brand,” Smith says. “You will put your work, life, everything you have on the line … Once you feel that way about something there’s no limit to the success you will see.”

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