From a distance, Nick Cannons trajectory from child comedian, to actor, to writer/ creator of his own TV show and most recently CEO of his own record label, might appear to mirror the -everything now - blueprint other teen phenomenons have followed. But for the 25 year old San Diego native, who burnishes a wit and wisdom equal to the hip hop bravado that led him to forge his new label, Can I Ball Records, an engaging poise lies behind each of his recent power moves evocative of the most seasoned executive.
Such observations speak well for Cannons burgeoning executive acumen, affirming that entertainment tomes like People Magazine are right to cite him as one of the Top Ten Most Successful Young People In Hollywood, with Black Enterprise magazine also recognizing the actor/musician/executives entrepreneurial skill sets, placing him on the cover of their special issue; 40 Under 40. The young star is humbled by all the praise, but even comparisons to contemporary cultural icons (and oft-cited mentor) like hip hop spawned superstar Will Smith cant dent Cannons self-induced ethic of prove-yourself-first.
A quick checklist of recent projects finds the tireless Cannon (I swear I have ADD he jokes) hitting his goals on all cylinders. Creator, Director, Host and the creative force behind the #1 rated show in cable television, the sketch-inspired MTVs Nick Cannon Presents Wildn Out, hes also starring in three soon-to-be-released movies, the Emilio Estevez directed RFK assassination pic Bobby, the highly anticipated animated film Monster House, and the gritty indie release Weapons, as well as writing his own soon-to-be produced boxing venture.
The versatile star would also reveal another facet of his business savvy by shoring up the weapons in his own behind-the-scenes musical arsenal, signing a new management deal with hip hop impresario Michael Blue Williams, President and CEO of Family Tree Entertainment, recognized as one of the key forces behind Grammy winning, multi-platinum group Outkasts phenomenal success. Its a reflection of Cannons confidence and willingness to keep learning that he seeks out industry stalwarts such as Rhone and Williams to help him map out his next series of moves in the volatile music industry.