Professional dancer turned Entertainment Business Consultant; Simone Harris is “little but Tallawah.” (Jamaican phrase meaning small in stature, but made of strong stuff).
Having completed her BSc. in Psychology at the University of the West Indies, Mona in 2004, Simone went on to work in media, fulfilling the roles of Assistant to the General Manager, Producer, and News Editor at Roots FM, a community radio station in Kingston, funded by UNESCO. Her vocal talents (voice-over) have been featured on several commercial ad campaigns for companies such as, Smirnoff, Guinness, Scotia Bank, Capri Sun, Ocean Spray, and Western Union Caribbean.
Simone was scooped up by Cooyah Designs, an acclaimed Caribbean clothing line, and was offered the post of Sales and Marketing Officer for their Kingston headquarters. At Cooyah, her responsibilities took her across Jamaica and across industries, interacting with members of the media and entertainment fraternity, as well as corporate Jamaica. While at Cooyah, she was a full-time company member with LaCadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, touring the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. She also worked part-time writing press releases for artists, such as Junior Kelly and Toots Hibbert from Toots and the Maytals.
In 2006, after working full time with Cooyah and dancing professionally with LaCadco, Harris was offered a place at the University of Westminster in Central London to pursue her Masters in International Business and was also offered a full scholarship to study dance at the University of Ghana. But a chance meeting and opportunity to work with international recording artist, Diana King on two of her tours to Brazil and Asia, led her to South Florida and eventually into the field of Entertainment Business.
In 2008, she completed her MBA in International Business at Everest University and is currently completing a second masters in Music Business at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She has represented FAU at the Global Business Forum put on by the Recording Academy, represented Jamaica at the 2nd annual EconMusic Conference in Los Angeles, California and is Director of Business Operations at the 1st student run record label in Florida, Hoot Wisdom Recordings.
She has also worked with the Floridian based independent record label, Urban Music Group representing Billboard #1 single-selling artist (2007) Rachel Brown. Constantly taking herself “outside of the box,” Simone was involved in the production of the 3rd annual Festival of the Arts, Boca, which featured renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, and the Russian National Orchestra.
Her passion for the arts coupled with her desire to create a high quality, family event in Kingston led to Wurdz n’ Rydimz™, a monthly live entertainment event on the luxurious 18th floor of the Hilton Hotel, New Kingston. As the engine behind Wurdz n’ Rydimz™, she produced an event that was an instant success from the day it was launched, surpassing every expectation and sating a hunger in the Jamaican entertainment scene for intimate, interactive, live entertainment. The event featured “A” list artists such as Diana King, Tessanne Chin, Etana, Cezar and Taurus Riley, and provided a platform for local poets, and students from the Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts to showcase their work to an appreciative audience. From the stirrings of an idea, the event grew from strength to strength and welcomed full house audiences at every staging.
Today, Simone is kept busy, working on her thesis while networking across the entertainment industry. She is an active entertainment business blogger, maintaining “Simone says…™,” her blog that highlights issues and developments in the global entertainment industry.
She is currently working with eNKompan. E™, a new project-based Professional Dance/ Physical Theatre Company in Jamaica, headed by Neila Ebanks, is the founder of “Building a Bridge from Kingston to L.A.™”, a project endorsed by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) that is geared at developing relationships between dancers in Jamaica and industry players in Los Angeles, California, and is Tour Manager and part-time consultant to recording artist, Diana King