Joshua Curtis Arrington, 30, also known as J Curtis went to a VIP Talent Connect Summit and is now working on releasing an album.
How did you get started with VIP Talent Connect?
I was walking through a mall, and someone asked if they had seen me before. I told them I was on American Idol Season 7 and was interested in doing some acting and getting more involved with my music, so I came in to the office on South Street.
What was it like being on American Idol? Was Simon as mean as he is portrayed to be?
I got cut during Hollywood Week, but it was a lot of fun and a great experience that I didn’t know what to expect from it. I think I was thinking too much about what they wanted from me and not showing enough of myself. In the Philadelphia auditions, I only had Randy and Paula’s vote. Simon said I was the worst singer he ever heard in his life. But in Hollywood, it was different. Simon gave me a lot more insight about my talent and others. He was more helpful during our individual meetings than what you see on TV. That whole experience has helped me to be stronger as an entertainer.
Would you do the show again if you had the chance?
Probably not, because I want to focus more on my career than being on a show.
What type of music do you sing?
Pop music. I have an album that is almost complete and I’m looking for a label now. I’ve met a couple of labels through attending the last VIP event and I’m in the process of following up with them.
What was it like going to the VIP event?
I love NY and being where everything happens, so that aspect was a definite plus. The event was definitely industry oriented and was a base for people in the entertainment industry. It was created by people for people who have a passion for entertainers and finding new talent.
I got to listen to a lot of industry professionals speak about what they are looking for and how the selection process works. It gave me a lot of insight on how to finish up my project and make it more attractive to them and other record labels. It provided me with direct contact with the people who I need to get my album to in order to get signed. It wasn’t just random people who were at the event, it was people who could actually give me a chance and could make something happen.
Would you go to a future event?
Yes, I was invited to the December event and I will be attending that one. It is a great opportunity to have the face-to-face interaction with the people that can hear your music and can make your dreams come true.
What would be your advice to people who are hesitant about going to the events and thinking that the VIP events can’t really help anyone?
You never know until you try something. VIP has a track record of putting entertainers in the places they need to be in order to be successful. VIP events can help people, you just have to be willing to go after your dreams and go for what you want.
You’re interested in acting, as well as music, correct? Are there any acting jobs you want specifically?
Yes. I’ve been in several plays over the years. I couldn’t limit myself to a particular type of role, because I’ve played a 60 year old man before in play where I was originally cast as a singer. I would be up for almost anything.
What actors do you look up to?
Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hanks. They portray such a strong passion for each character and every role that they get.
What is your favorite movie?
Five Harpies written by Robert Townsend. The movie shows the struggles and successes from start to finish in a musical career.
Who are the musicians that you look up to?
Music Soul Child, John Legend, and Kenny Gamble because at some point in time, I’ve been able to reach out and touch them. Music Soul Child and John Legend did open mic nights where I did, which makes it more real. Kenny Gamble headed the biggest record label around, right here in Philadelphia, and being able to physically see that is inspiring. These people make it all seem more real because I was actually able to see them in person and that gives me inspiration to keep going and work my hardest to make it in the industry.
If you could record an album with anybody, who would it be?
Babyface. He is one of the best songwriters there is and the albums that he’s written for are not even his own hits. He’s written some of Boyz II Men’s biggest hits and I would love the opportunity to work with him.
What are your dreams for the future?
I want to finish my album and solidify a deal for distribution either as a performer or writer because I write all my music. I’m looking for a publishing deal. Long-term, I want to have longevity in the music industry using all my talents in music, acting, modeling.
Have you had the dream of being a world famous international sensation one day?
All the time. I can’t wait to step foot overseas. My grandmother is from Germany, and I’ve only been there once before, but I would love to go back there and perform as an entertainer.
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