When it comes to finding success in show business, Mark Schoenfeld has proven again and again that it’s not just about knocking on doors—it’s about knocking those doors down. His career took off when he knocked on the door of the home of the then-president of Epic Records, Ron Alexenburg. He did so one random morning, unannounced, and uninvited. After Alexenburg screamed at him to get off his property, Mark yelled back, “But believe me, you’re gonna want to know me!” He meant it. Alexenburg soon became Schoenfeld’s employer, and later his manager, executive producer, investor, business partner, and friend.
Mark took his bombastic style to Hollywood, where he wrote music for movies while writing and producing songs for Polygram, EMI, Motown, and Capitol Records. He also wrote and sold movies to Orion Pictures, Disney, Dreamworks, and Warner Brothers, collaborating with Hugh Jackman and director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland’s Opus, 101 Dalmations) along the way.
To those who are lucky enough to know him, Mark Schoenfeld is more than a talented teacher, mentor, and friend—he’s an inspiration that drives everyone around him to go out and conquer their dreams.
In this episode of Coffee in the Green Room, your host Deneen White had the pleasure of interviewing Mark. Mark is a good friend of VIP Ignite Live, a mentor to our talent who are a part of the VIP Elite Talent Academy, and a frequent speaker at VIP Ignite live and virtual events.
Mark shares his journey of how he started with nothing and is now a Hollywood and Broadway heavyweight!
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