I thought it would be cool to start a blog series to share how some kids are stepping their foot into the entertainment/music industry like myself. Hopefully I can share some of my past experiences and mistakes that you can learn from!
Branding: As cliche' as it sounds being responsible does matter. What you post online will haunt you in the future trying to get a job. Even internships! Getting your name out is a big part of this industry!
Interning: INTERN INTERN INTERN!!! I can not stress this enough. Don't expect to get paid this is for your benefit for you to gain experience. Obviously don't take on a load you can't handle but there are so many internship opportunities out there, some even online! You may also be able to get college credit for those of you enrolled!
Street/Promotional Teaming: I got my start at 14 doing street teams, since then I've been apart of over 40 and coordinated 12. An easier way of street teaming you can use FANCORPS you get awesome perks like gift cards, shirts, ext. for doing promotional work! I may do a how to promote properly guide if anyone is interested in that!
Know your terms: Don't just act like you know what a possible employer is saying, do your research! Check out different terms and what each job does!
- Example: Runner- Production Runners are deployed by the Producer and by other production staff, to assist wherever they are needed on productions. Their responsibilities vary considerably. In the Production Office duties typically include: assisting with answering telephones, filing paperwork and data entry, arranging lunches, dinners, and transportation reservations, photocopying, general office administration, and distributing production paperwork.
Networking: This does NOT mean befriending people. Yes it is nice to have a semi-famous friend but networking is about a future contact who can potentionally get you a job or help build your resume! Which leads me to a sub rule; do not burn any bridges! Everyone talks, and tweets!
Don't think since you are trying to get into the music industry you don't need college. Most jobs require it. My tour mom and friends in the industry agree, getting a general degree is better than a specific degree ie: you want to tour now but in thirty years you may get tired and need another job that maybe stays in the same city for a while. I personally am going for business and public relations DOUBLE MAJOR!
Rules of the Road: You can't learn from google, others, or anything. You have to tour to learn them by making mistakes along with watching others. (Never be afraid to ask what to do in a certain situation from a veteran. that's how I'm learning!) But please use common sense, all access passes do not mean you are a king, it means production trusts you with this laminate that grants you pretty much any place at any time, DO YOUR JOB!
Should I continue with these and post tour stories, interviews, advice, ext.? Let me know! If you have any questions, topics, how you're getting involved in the industry or whatever I should cover let me know! Twitter Facebook Instagram