When it comes to closing deals, Chris Chambers—New York native and founder and CEO of The Chamber Group—is an expert. Chambers is responsible for the launch and success of a host of performing artists including Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Usher, and Vogue’s March 2023 cover star Erykah Badu, to name but a few.
Chambers’s path within the entertainment industry has been a steady uphill trek built on hard work, a focus on community, and clear intentions, and his undeniable imprint within music and media continues to create opportunities for both himself and the artists he represents. In short: He makes the seemingly impossible possible.
From New York University intern to senior vice president of media relations at Sony, Chambers tells Vogue Club members his top five career lessons—and more. To watch the full video, visit Vogue Club.
The best advice that I’ve received about starting a business was from a close friend of mine who said to me: “You’re bigger than your work—step out on your own and challenge yourself.”
Take Calculated Risks
David Lauren told me: “I think you should start your own business and work with everyone.” When that day came and I was leaving Sony, they offered me a consulting deal—and that’s what launched The Chamber Group.
Don’t Limit Yourself
Looking at the roster of clients we have shows how broad I’ve been able to build The Chamber Group across different sectors: fashion, music, the arts. We work with everyone from Usher and Mariah [Carey] to fashion brands like Valentino and Tod’s, along with Hulu and and Netflix.
Building yourself in PR really is about relationships. At the end of the day, you’re only great at your job through the relationships you built with editors, TV bookers, producers—that level of trust between PR and the media side is what helps build a career.
Believe in Yourself
Embrace the challenge. It’s not easy, but you’re doing it for you and you’re building out your dream. Those things that are circling in your head that you’re working to bring to fruition—it’s such an amazing feeling to see those things come to birth.