EXCLUSIVE: A “floater” working in WME Entertainment’s NYC office sent this goodbye email to the entire agency on Friday. My insider tells me he “got support from so many people afraid to speak up inside those quiet walls. Funny thing, it was the talk of our office. They eventually recalled the email and erased it from everyone’s computers… But by that time, everyone had already read it.” His name is Marcus Washington, he’s an African American, and his main area was music. He started off assisting for Cara Lewis. So why did he ultimately leave, especially at a time when a showbiz job, any job, is so prized? As one insider explained the situation to me, “diversity (no black agents in our office) and experience are not embraced so after that desk didn’t work out, those in control made it difficult for him to ever move up. Although he brought a client to the company BEFORE he even started there [7-time Grammy nominated artist Jazmine Sullivan]. He finally got fed up and when he told them he could make this a much larger issue, he got them to pay him for 5 months to basically look for another job.”
Here’s the email:
From: NY Trainee 17
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 2:29 PM
Subject: Goodbye WME!!!!
On the train ride home yesterday to celebrate the days of no longer feeling bored, miserable, stifled, underutilized and looked over at WME, I heard a homeless woman sing these lyrics from WHITNEY HOUSTON’S “Greatest Love of All”:
I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone’s shadow
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity…
Although she didn’t hit any of the right notes and it was a horrible performance, the lyrics still resonated with me. It was reaffirming my belief that everything was going to be fine. I paid my dues and it got me nowhere inside these walls and now it’s time to do bigger and better things with my life and career….as I was doing before I got here. What the future holds? Only God knows, but whatever it is, I’m sure I’ll be much happier. I learned a great deal working here and I’m thankful for all of my experiences, good and bad.
Thank you Cara Lewis for giving me an opportunity to assist for you after being in the mailroom for only a few days….even if it was short lived. Haha. It wasn’t easy, but there’s a reason why you are one of the best agents in this business. Your work ethic is inspiring and I wish other agents would take note. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Thanks to PJP and the accounting department – for taking me in and making me an honorary member of your department. I enjoyed hanging out with you while I worked on “extra help” assignments for people who didn’t need it and were being extremely lazy.
Thanks Kate Coster for always being someone I could vent to about my frustrations with this company.
Thanks to the three or four generations of trainees and floaters I’ve shared the mailroom with – I’ve formed incredible friendships with some of you and I’m excited about seeing our paths cross down the road.
Geezy, thank you for inviting me into your family and being a great friend.
Thank you to Nick, Pam, Arthur, Chad, Manny, Frank, Jackie and Charlie.
Thanks Terry and Donna – I’ve enjoyed the many moments sitting with you at reception.
I can’t forget a special thanks to Chris Walsh, our extremely qualified and hard working “human resources” duo, JZH and others that tried to ruin my progress by being conniving, hateful and deceiving. Just know that it’s all going to come back to you….and you could never steal my joy or my dignity.
Assistants, support staff and the many agents I’ve gotten a chance to know – thank you.
Best of luck to you all and….
STOP THE MICROMANAGING AND GROUPTHINK…it’s leading to be the deterioration of this company.
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