Company Anniversary - Jeff Scheel
February is a great month at BTA! We get to celebrate another company anniversary: our resident rockstar, Jeff Scheel has been with the company for 12 years this month!
Jeff has been a member of the Box Talent Team since 2003. His history with Box Talent goes back to 1987 when an industrious young agent named David Box booked one of Jeff’s bands to play in Oklahoma and the rest is history. Jeff is a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas and attended graduate school at The University of North Texas in Denton to study radio, film, and television.
Jeff was a member of the rock group Gravity Kills, signed with TVT records (Nine Inch Nails, Default, Sevendust, Lil’ Jon & The East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins) from 1994 through 2002. Here are some of his numerous credits:
Billboard Chart appearances on:
- Billboard Top 200 album chart
- Billboard Heatseaker album chart
- Billboard Hot 100 album chart
- Billboard Modern Rock radio singles chart
- Billboard Mainstream Rock singles radio chart
Songs in motion pictures:
- Seven (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow)
- Mortal Kombat (Soundtrack Album has sold 2 million copies)
- Escape from LA (John Carpenter, Kurt Russell)
- Kissing a Fool (David Schwimmer, Jason Lee)
- Serenity (Directed by Josh Wedon- Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
We also asked Jeff a few questions about his time with BTA
Q: What are some cool experiences you have had on the job?
A: At separate times, I have had Zach Galifianakis and Seth Meyers in my car!
Q: What is your favorite part of working with BTA/in the entertainment industry
A: I’m never doing the same thing. Some days I push paper; some days I’m on the phone, and other days I produce concerts. It’s hard to get bored when you’re dealing with something new each day. You would probably look at my desk and really wonder what it is that I do, but that’s what’s cool about this company: we do so many different things.
Q: What is your advice to college students/young professionals looking to enter the entertainment industry?
A: It’s like any other business: relationships and leverage. You have to put in the hours working on your craft whether it’s booking, singing, playing an instrument, songwriting, managing, or whatever it is, and you have to take jobs or internships that you don’t want to take. You don’t get anywhere in this business without putting in the time. I always recommend reading a book called Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell to anyone looking to enter the entertainment industry. Also, you have to love it. I have been in this industry my entire adult life, and that wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t love it.