Marquetta Moore is the Vice President of Music & Celebrity Talent for Revolt TV, a digital cable television network founded by Sean Combs in October 2013. Revolt utilizes many social media platforms like Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram to deliver music videos, live performances, news and interviews serving the hip hop community – hence their slogan, “Unapologetically Hip Hop”.
The company boasts a record of being over 65% culturally diverse and nearly 50/50 gender balanced – something that Moore is proud to be a part of. Originally from San Bernardino, she lived in New York for many years before making her home in North Hollywood, close to the Revolt TV headquarters in Los Angeles.
Here Moore shares with us how she came to work for Revolt, and what the journey to get there has been like for her. You can learn more on their website at revolt.tv
WiMN: Please list your title and responsibilities at Revolt TV. How long have you worked for the company?
MM: I am currently the Vice President of Music & Celebrity Talent for REVOLT TV. I work with all areas of the network with matters pertaining to artist performances, appearances, interviews and activations for both ad sales, integrated and affiliated marketing needs. I have been with the network for 4 1/2 years.
WiMN: What inspired you to work for Revolt TV? What are their core values as a company and what makes them stand out?
MM: From the first announcement about Revolt TV I knew that I wanted to be a part of a network that was bringing music back to television and providing opportunities for emerging artists. At our core REVOLT is Unapologetically Hip-Hop and we are here to serve the culture.
WiMN: Where were you working before Revolt TV, and did your prior experience prepare you for your current career?
MM: I was a Communications major at the University of Southern California with an emphasis on Entertainment. I have been fortunate in the past to work for companies such as ABC, VH1, Roc-A- Fella Records, MTV and BET. All of my past positions have helped to prepare me for my role at REVOLT.
WiMN: Women are vastly under-represented in the music and film industry. Is Revolt TV taking action to increase awareness and education for women, particularly in music?
MM: REVOLT is unlike any company that I have worked for in the past in that women make up the majority of department heads. It is empowering and encouraging for the future of the business to be able to collaborate on a daily basis with some of the best in the business who happen to be women. We collectively make an effort to ensure that no matter the project that the female voice and P.O.V. is a part of the narrative.
WiMN: Do you sing or play any musical instruments? Do you have a music background?
MM: Unfortunately for me, but fortunate for everyone else I only sing in the shower or at my friend’s house in our lip sync battles. I don’t have a music background but my appreciation for music spans back to childhood.
WiMN: What impact does Revolt TV have on the independent artist and the hurdles they face?
MM: REVOLT is a home for all artists both signed and independent. We have been known to champion and partner with artists very early in their careers. As such we provide exposure opportunities that some other media outlets cannot or overlook.
WiMN: Have you ever experienced discrimination as a woman in the workforce? If so, how did you overcome those obstacles?
MM: I have been blessed to never have experienced discrimination of any kind in my work environments. However, just because it has not happened to me personally does not mean that it doesn’t exist. I would encourage anyone who is faced with these challenges to not be afraid to use their voice and speak up. If not for yourself, then to protect the younger generation that will follow behind you.
WiMN: Do you have any advice you can offer to women who are interested in working in the music industry?
MM: I would encourage any woman who is interested in working in the music industry to first hone in as to what area in particular that they are interested in and then find a mentor no matter male or female. That way they can gain insight and knowledge from someone who knows the ins and outs. I would also share with them to not be afraid to go for it. Your outcome does not have to be the same as stories that you may have heard in the past. Each of our journey’s are personal and uniquely designed.