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A college rep is a college student who works for a major label and promotes upcoming record releases, shows, and artists on and around a college campus. It is a great way to make connections and learn about the music industry, plus these jobs usually pay. Have you ever seen posters for Kelly Clarkson or Lady Gaga around your campus? That was most likely the work of a college rep.
What You'll Need
If you want be a college rep you'll need
- A great resume
- A car (yes, this is usually a requirement),
- Willingness to be outgoing,
- Free time
- An interest in mainstream pop, rock, rap, etc.
- Knowledge of local hang outs and venues
- To be a college student
Getting a job as a rep is difficult because there are only so many positions in each region and they are usually only filled when one college rep has graduated. One way to get one is by figuring out who the rep is in your area and building a relationship so that he or she can recommend you when he or she graduates. Otherwise, the best way is to check every once in a while on the four major labels job sites, which you can find links for here, particularly as the end of the term nears.
To get you started here's a link to a Sony College Rep opening in Memphis