September 27, 2010

What to Do With a Bad Internship: Part 1

Have you ever had an internship that made you feel like you were in The Devil Wears Prada? While that movie was surely (let's hope) a bit of an exaggeration, the bottom of the career ladder in media and entertainment careers can be a little rough sometimes. Odds are, you will have at least one bad experience so here are some tips on how to avoid or get through a bad situation. This section, part one, will focus more on solving the problem and part two, coming soon, will provide some advice on what to do what you just can't take it anymore.

It's Not Them It's You
First, try to take an honest look at yourself and evaluate the effort you've demonstrated so far. Are you taking initiative? Showing up on time? Doing the work you were given without complaint? Communicating effectively? Working to earn your boss's respect? Dressing in an acceptable manner? If things aren't going well and you're not getting the opportunities you'd like to there's a chance it is because you have not demonstrated that you deserve it yet. Before you blame your boss and decide he or she is terrible take a look at yourself and see if there is anywhere you can improve.

September 21, 2010

Ego: Keeping it in Check

Ever met a person who was so cocky it seemed they thought they'd made your life better just for showing up? My guess is yes, haven't we all? I'd also be willing to bet you weren't exactly a fan of this person. So, it seems logical to suggest your interviewer won't like you if you assume you will be so good that the company would be stupid not to hire you or that you pretty much make the place better just by being there. I've heard some complaints from people about the egos of college grads over the past few years and clearly you don't want to be the subject of these complaints. Here's a few things to keep in mind to keep your ego in check.

1) There is always more to learn
Even if you've had great experiences at other internships or are working on a degree in music industry or production, there will always be something you still don't know. Especially today, with the constant updates in technology, even veteran music executives still have new things to learn. So don't think just because you know a thing or two you should automatically get the job.

2) Be confident not cocky
Of course, it is still important to believe in yourself and abilities and to show it. There can be fine line between outspoken and preachy and friendly and forceful and it is important that you find that line and tread carefully.

September 04, 2010

Make the Most of Back to School

By now everyone, including those on quarter systems, should be back to school. Whether you're a senior realizing you'll need to face the real world soon or a freshmen figuring out how this whole college things work, it is never too late to get a head start on your career.

Get Involved
There is most likely some organization on your campus somehow related to music that can help you gain some sort of experience and meet other people into music. Of course, most places have a choir or band and a lot of schools have radio stations. Otherwise though, it may take some creative thinking. Your school's newspaper probably has an entertainment section. The television station could lead to some experience in film, great if you'd like to work in publishing. Maybe the theatre group needs someone to run lights and sound, great experience for working in venues.

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