OTC Business Management student Victor Mitchell never thought the plan he developed for a class would lead to a career, but Victor is now the owner of Futuristic Entertainment, which promotes and stages music events in Springfield.
It was a simple assignment in Victor’s business principles class that sparked the idea.
“We were told to develop plans for three different-sized businesses. I picked entertainment management as my large business.” Victor said. “Once I started pitching the idea to people, I said to myself, ‘I kind of like this.’”
From then on, Victor began booking shows at the downtown Regency and the Outland Ballroom. With his musical background playing drums for his church, he worked to build the local hip-hop and rap music scene.
“If I was going to build the hip-hop scene, and do it right, I knew I was going to have to do it myself,” he said. “I choose who goes on my stage and try to keep the message positive.”
So far, his company has been a big success. A recent show at the Regency drew an audience of 500.
“It did very, very well,” Victor said. “I like the diversity of music styles I bring together by booking a rock band with hip-hop sometimes.”
A graduate of Kickapoo High School, Victor plans to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in business.
“OTC has been beneficial to me in getting where I am today,” he said. “It helped spark ideas in me and one idea sparks another to the point where I said, ‘Hey, I want success.’”
Victor said people in the community appreciate his business’s mission.
“They want to see positivity when they come into the arena. I want to change the rap and hip-hop scene into something positive. Right now, that music has a negative connotation,” he said. “There’s a lot of diversity in music in the area. That’s something to celebrate.”