January 20, 2015

Sorry: Why This Site Has Been Slow

I know this page has been seriously lacking in updates for a while and I thought it was about time I tell you why. In the summer I got a new job but and spend many hours commuting. My job is great but I do nothing else besides work, eat, and sleep. Good news is I'm looking to change this and that means I can give this site more attention - like it deserves - and share more information to help you. In the mean time, I'll try to post as frequently as I can. I miss you guys and will hopefully be back soon with more updates, internships, and chats. Hope you're kicking butt out there! 

January 05, 2015

PR Skills: How to Write a Musician Biography

One of the key things you need to promote a musician is a biography. So, it's an important skill whether you intend to be in a band or work with one behind the scenes. A one page biography fills the role a cover letter might in a more traditional career and quickly provides context and information about a musician's sound, career, influences, and accomplishments. Talent buyers, radio station music directors, and everyone in between will use it to quickly understand who the artist is, so it needs to convey a clear, concise, and impressive message.

Writing Tools
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So how do you do that in a couple of paragraphs? You need to start with two things: your goal and the answers to the classic question words.

The goal of a biography is to interest someone enough in your music and in the story and the music that they want to know more. What exactly knowing more means will vary depending on the reader,  but generally a good biography will help open doors to career opportunities like playing a show or getting an interview. So, despite the name, a bio isn't actually a true biography. It isn't about a life story and it only really contains the most cursory of biographical details -- usually things like the artist name, where they are from, and any particularly unique or defining stories from their life that have influenced their music or personal outlook. A bio is about telling a story and establishing the image of who the band is as an artist and it's not about where the band went to school or what their hobbies are -- unless those details are really interesting and relevant to the band's music or personal story. Instead, it's about telling the band's story and establishing their image.

Question Words
Who, what, where, when, and why. These questions from elementary school English class are a great starting point for any biography. Begin by writing down your answers to each of them and it will ensure that you provide a fully-developed and detailed picture of the band and help you pinpoint the most important parts of their story.

Who is the artist -- both what is the name and what do they represent?
Who have they toured with? Who, of note, have they written or recorded with? Who are their fans?

What kind of music do they play? -- describe it.
What are they doing that is noteworthy right now - touring, releasing a record?
What have people and critics said about their music?
What inspires them?
What are some of the most interesting stories and lyrics in their songs?
What is the story behind their name?
What makes them unique?

Where are is the band touring?
Where are they from?
Where was the album recorded?

When is the album going to be released?
When was it recorded?
When did the band start?
When does the tour start?

Why does the artist play music?

Next Steps
Now that you've answered all of the important questions and, hopefully, started to figure out a clear picture. The final step is to put it all together and have someone else proofread it for you. The following guides can help you properly format it in a professional manner that will stand out for all of the right reasons:

Creating an Effective Bio
How To Write An Effective Artist Bio That Won’t Be Ignored
How to Write a Killer Artist Bio
Guide to Writing Effective Bios for Musicians and other Performing Artists
How to Write an Artist Bio That Won't Get Ignored

December 31, 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Thanks for a fantastic year and for reading, sharing, emailing, chatting and everything else you did to support Intern Like a Rockstar this year. This site started off with the idea of sharing what I wish I'd known when I was trying to intern in the music industry and it's amazing to be able to help people fulfill their dreams. This year we took things offline with a panel at Drexel University and a talked on Skype with new friends at Algonquin College in Canada and had some incredible internship listings from all over the world from London to Los Angeles. Thanks so much for being so amazing and inspiring. Here's a look at the posts you made popular this year.
Happy New Year from Intern Like A Rockstar!
1) Do This Before You Contact Anyone in the Music Industry 
Before you reach out to anyone  you need to do your research and understand what the person you are contacting actually does. There's no better way to waste your time than to ask the wrong person for help.

Making it in the music industry as an artist often involves a lot of personal selling. There are however right and wrong ways to go about doing that. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes artists make when it comes to trying to get the attention of music industry executives.

Guest blogger and award-winning engineer Steven J Goldman of Four Legs Records gave us a step-by-step guide to the most basic EQ trick you need to make your music sound better. 

How do you find somewhere to stay on a budget (usually an unpaid kind of budget) in a major city where you don't currently live for a summer internship? Here's a list of resources that can help. 

Belmont Sophomore Music Business major Teresa Sapichino takes us through her schedule to show you what it's really like to balance classes, homework, internships, and extracurriculars as a music business student. 

In February, I hosted a panel on music internship success at Drexel University with some of our Philadelphia partners that have listed internships here. Most of these companies are always looking for good interns and one -- Turtle Studios -- offers in-studio training on recording. 

There aren't many ways for high school students to really get a true taste of what it's like to work in music, but you can at GRAMMY Camp. It's not too early to get your application started for 2015. 

the world of Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, it may seem like email is outdates, that assumption though is, frankly, wrong and if you're not taking advantage of email for marketing, you should reconsider. This post explains why. 

9) This Is What The Colors You Wear Tell Your Interviewer
Career Builder asked over 2,000 hiring managers and HR representatives what colors are best for potential employers to wear to an interview and revealed what qualities employers associate with various colors, so now you can use a little color psychology to your advantage to help leave a good impression. 

10) 5 Things You Need to Do on Every Job Application 
Finding a job is tough, especially in this market. You may be surprised to know though that I've heard from a number of employers that sometimes it's the simplest of mistakes that lands someone's resume in the reject pile.

December 07, 2014

Spring Artist Management Internship in Los Angeles

Who we are: Constant Artists is a music management firm based in Los Angeles, currently providing worldwide management services for Spoon, Future Islands, Explosions in the Sky, Washed Out, Okkervil River, The Wrens, Black Joe Lewis, Divine Fits and Pickwick.

Who you are: Motivated, hard working, and eager, with a desire to learn and help out in a variety of ways. You must be detail oriented and ready to work from day one.

What you will be doing: The tasks at this internship span a wide range of areas, and you should come to expect the unexpected. You would be assisting the artist managers and office staff with anything and everything they need - internet research, social media maintenance, general office errands (mailings, faxes, etc), travel coordination, and more.

This is a great hands on experience for anyone interested in music management or the music industry.

Requirements: Must be a current student based in Los Angeles during the spring, and ideally be able to start in mid January. This internship is for 10-12hrs/week and for school credit-only.

How to apply: send a resume and cover letter explaining why you'd like to intern at Constant Artists to: karla@constantartists.com