December 23, 2011
Just a quick note to say Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you so much for your continued support. I'll save the sappy stuff for a end of year post, but for now suffice it to say that talking to each of you, hearing your feedback, connecting you with new opportunities, and growing together is what really makes this all worthwhile. Have a happy, safe, peaceful, and wonderful holiday season. As always, if there's anything I or another member of the team here can do to try to help somehow, let us know. Happy Holidays!
December 22, 2011
So what's an intern to do when in the presence of a celebrity they idolize, or perhaps even hate, at work?
December 20, 2011
You passed the interview and got the job but a week in you're wondering what happened to that sweet, smiling face of the person who shook your hand at the interview? The whole point of the interview process is generally to get a feel for personality fit but sometimes a person's true character can be a bit muddled under all of the pressure of selling one's self and/or the company position. It is possible that, a couple weeks in, you may find that you keep butting heads with your boss, who now comes off as irritable and difficult to please. When your internship has only just begun, you may be wondering if it's even possible for you to leave this internship alive let alone with your reputation intact and a glowing recommendation under your belt.
I could try sugar-coating this type of situation with unicorns and rainbows, but let's be honest: this sucks. BUT it's not the end of the world and you can take steps to turn it around. The very least you can do for yourself is to not make things worse.
Find an outlet for your frustration
Allow me to clarify: It's ok to go home and pummel your pillow or let out a rebel yell in an isolated, sound-proof room. But whatever you do, do not let out your frustration by yelling at your boss, complaining to a co-worker, or tweeting words you'd never dream of saying to your boss's face. If you're under the impression that doing any of these things will not come back to bite you, you should go immediately to a corner and think again until you've convinced yourself otherwise. Why don't you want to vent this way? 1. Your boss's network is undoubtedly greater than yours and your name will be Mud to everyone within it. 2. Office gossip almost assuredly reaches outsider ears. 3. Your boss might not be in the wrong. That's right, you heard me.
Consider that your boss is not being unreasonable
I know you may feel like the victim but sit back and consider for a moment that your boss may not be intentionally trying to ruin your life. While you're sitting there, steaming about how mistreated you are, he/she could be in the office pulling chunks of hair out over how to finally get across to that intern. Your boss may be feeling equally as stuck and frustrated as you are. But, don't get me wrong, this doesn't necessarily mean that you're "the problem" either. Most likely, there's some sort of communication barrier here that neither one of you has yet found a way to cross.
Talk it out
After you've found an appropriate, non-destructive way to vent your frustrations and you've calmed down a bit, try talking to your boss. Explain how you're feeling (but avoid pointing fingers). Exactly what you say here depends quite a bit on what you feel the issue is. Are you uncomfortable with things your boss has been saying to you? Are you feeling overwhelmed with too many projects to do in the given amount of time? Are you consistently being scolded for mistakes in your work and you're not sure how to prevent them? Be honest and try to remain calm while you explain.
Shut up and listen
Once you've communicated your side of the story, pretty much the only thing you can do is listen to what your boss has to say, take note (literally, take note!) of any advice/critiques, and try your very best to implement them. It's possible the relationship between the two of you may remain unchanged and you'll continue to butt heads every now and again until the day you both let out a sigh of relief that the internship is finally over. Or starting a dialog could show that you're really trying your best and actively trying to improve and your boss may learn that he/she hasn't been communicating with you as effectively as he/she thought.
If things don't improve, it's important to remember that it could simply be the case that your personalities and/or learning-teaching styles just aren't lining up. It doesn't mean that your boss is a terrible person or that you're a slacker; just that perhaps this position wasn't the best fit for you and vice versa. So don't beat yourself up over it and try not to get upset. Just do the best you can and cross it off the list of valuable learning experiences.Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
firstname.lastname@example.org | @katie_hazard
December 19, 2011
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December 15, 2011
This week, I'd like to talk a bit about why you might choose to use or not use a click track for your recording projects. Next week, we'll talk about what to do when a project that should have used a click track . . . didn't.
December 13, 2011
The short answer is something like this: if you are not of legal drinking age then you should absolutely not no matter what, if you are legally allowed to drink then you still probably should not. Thinking it's that simple though would be incredibly naive and the issue is made even more complicated by the fact that we're talking about the music industry.
You have to make your own informed decisions at your own risk and accept whatever the consequences may be of that. However, you can't make an informed decision without some information. So, here's some food for thought about the situations you may face regarding alcohol and the work place:
December 06, 2011
Oh, and one more thing. Wherever the social gathering is held, there's likely to be judgement impairing substances such as... alcohol (gasp!). It's ok, don't worry. I'm not going to go all Lifetime Special on you and tell you that drinking is bad and if you drink you will get pregnant and die. But if you don't know how many drinks it takes to lose your composure then I hope I don't have to remind you that now is a bad time to find out. If you know your limit, then good, stay under that. If you don't know or if you're a light-weight, you might want to limit yourself to no more than one drink and drink it slowly. And, of course, if you're under the legal drinking age (mostly important in the US where that age is 21) then stick to non-alcoholic beverages (sorry, my friends, but it is the law).
Also make sure you are dressed appropriately. Find out in advance what the expected attire is. If you're going to a public place, you can probably judge what to wear based on its atmosphere. Even if the venue is really relaxed, it's still a good idea to dress a bit modestly: keep midriff, chest, and thighs covered.
Basically, my advice is to get to know everyone and enjoy yourself but remember you will still have to face these people the next morning and you may want them to write recommendations for you later.
Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
firstname.lastname@example.org | @katie_hazard
December 02, 2011
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A concert promoter is a person or entity who schedule shows for venues by finding and negotiating with bands and makes sure everything gets done to ensure the concert is a success. It could be one person at a small venue or a huge organization like Live Nation.
Product refers to the actual thing you are trying to get someone to buy. When you're selling a concert you're really selling an experience, not just a ticket. It's the chance to see an artist live, connect with other fans, relax, have fun, get exclusive merchandise, and maybe to try to catch a glimpse and an autograph as the band leaves the venue. Similarly, different ticket levels are like selling a different experience. Are you selling to someone who just wants to be there and doesn't care where they sit? Or to someone who must have the front row tickets, VIP backstage pass, and exclusive merchandise pack? Does the venue even have seats at all? Is it at a bar where the music is secondary to enjoying drinks and seeing friends? Or a local niche venue where music lovers come to hear the next big thing? Or is it an arena featuring a show or the current superstar? Each of these factors has a big influence on who will come to the show, how much they'll be willing to pay, what kind of costs must go into the production, and how profitable the show will likely be.
December 01, 2011
Who: Anyone who currently is or has an interest in interning, studying, or working in music industry. The chat will focus on the needs of students/ entry level but everyone is welcome!
What: One hour chat on Twitter to discuss the news items and topics that matter to young people in the music industry.
Where: Follow the hashtag #musicintern on Twitter
When: Monday, December 5. 9pm EST/6pm PST
How: Easily keep-up and participate in the chat by connecting to Twitter on Tweetchat
Topic: Since the GRAMMY Nominations were just announced, we'll start the chat out by breaking the ice with that as our topic.
November 30, 2011
Conferences aren’t just for people already working in the industry. Students are welcome to attend many, and some even have programs tailored directly to college programs. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the trade organization for the music product industry, and they have a great program at their winter show called “Generation NEXT.” NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) offers a “Crash Course” beginning their full convention.
November 29, 2011
The form was clearly trying to censor you! Just kidding. The problem has been fixed though and we can finally read what you've asked! So, your questions should be addressed soon if they haven't already. I'm sorry that I didn't mention this sooner and I'm even sorrier (is that a word?) for any difficulty or frustration on your part. If you feel more comfortable, please feel free to resubmit your question or even just email me directly email@example.com and I'd be happy to help. Otherwise, you should have an answer soon! As always, thanks for reading!
November 28, 2011
It's clear that the inclusion of a song in a TV show, commercial, film trailer, video game, movie, etc. can help propel a song to success fairly quickly. But how exactly does that song get there in the first place? It's all about music publishing.
November 25, 2011
About a week ago, I saw for the first time what it was like to be on the interviewer's side of the table so I thought I would share a little bit about what I observed.
There are so many types of interviews. As the interviewee, I have experienced the one-on-one interview, group interview, phone interview, interview where one person was physically present and another was calling in, and combinations of any of those. With the exception of phone interviews, I never knew which type to expect so I had to mentally prepare for them all (yipes). Personally, my favorite is the group interview because it gives me a great feel for the company atmosphere as I watch how the employees interact with each other. Additionally, it takes some pressure off of me because I can feed off of the group dynamic.
Moving back to the topic of the interview where I got to pose the questions.. this was a group interview. The interviewee had already impressed the employer with stellar (albeit a bit long and not 100% relevant) resume, phone interview, and review of previous project work. Essentially, all he had left was a personality test to see how well he fit in with the rest of the group. The interview was really laid-back with questions like "What do you do for fun?" "Which sports teams do you support?" and the like. Obviously the answers to these questions would not determine whether or not he was hired (After all, I'm a Patriots fan in Philadelphia and they let me in. ;) ).
Having employees give interviews as a group allows them to be more relaxed so they're more likely to banter with each other as well as banter with you. This is the type of thing that, as the interviewee, I can feed off of, but I can see where it could make some people uncomfortable. You just have to let yourself relax a little bit and forget about being the perfect interviewee selling his skills and accomplishments. Treat it a little more like a friendly conversation (just avoid getting too friendly with topics that could be viewed as inappropriate). Find the balance between selling yourself as a valuable worker and selling yourself as a likeable human being.
"So, I see from your resume that you like to work with PCs..." our graphic designer (a big Apple fan) asked with an air of mock disapproval.
What the interviewee didn't know was that he was surrounded by both die-hard Mac fans, die-hard PC fans, and those who have their preferences but honestly aren't that picky. For all he knew, though, he could have been in a room full of Apple loyalists (Uh oh...!)
Some people might tense up when challenged like this (especially if the joking tone of the interviewer is missed). Just try to respond with confidence and be true to what you believe. "Yes, I like PCs because..." or "I've worked with PCs but I actually prefer Macs because..." or whatever the case may be. Just try not to let the joking knock you off your game. Interviews in general are often more about personality than skill reviews unless there are things on your resume that require further explanation. Just put on your best smile and let your personality show through!
Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
firstname.lastname@example.org | @katie_hazard
November 18, 2011
During lunch the other day at work, we started talking about job application cover letters and whether or not it was more acceptable to send them as attachments or to have the body of your email serve as your cover letter. The results of the discussion were inconclusive. Some people prefer attachments because it's easier to print out and pass on to other members of the company, while others like the simplicity of not having to open that extra document. So... which should you do?
Sometimes potential employers will make the decision easy for you by specifying that they would like to receive your cover letter attached to the email. If this is directly stated in the description for the job application, definitely do it! Not doing so may mean a failing mark in a test of paying attention to details. Additionally, if a preferred document type is mentioned, be sure to follow that as well. If no document type is specified, I send your cover letter as a PDF, which can easily be opened without the employer needing to have special software (even if it's commonly owned software. Be careful of making assumptions!)
If the employer does not specify whether or not they would like the cover letter to be attached then your safest bet is probably just to attach it anyway. Keep the body of your email brief and use it to give yourself a quick introduction and include the purpose for why you're sending the email. Yes, this probably means there will be redundancies between the email and the cover letter but not everyone who sees your cover letter will have read your email.
Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
email@example.com | @katie_hazard
November 17, 2011
Sirius XM Radio Inc. is America's satellite radio company. SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 channels of commercial free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to more than 20 million subscribers. We are one of the world's largest pure-play audio entertainment company and we are among the largest subscription media companies in the United States. SiriusXM broadcasts to subscribers everywhere they want to listen in cars, on boats, in the home or office, and through a wide range of mobile devices. SiriusXM offers an impressive array of content that spans virtually all genres and interests, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bob Edwards, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jimmy Buffett, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan, among others. SiriusXM is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and PGA Tour and offers major college sports.
SiriusXM Offers Internships In The Following Fields:
• Finance & Accounting • Web Development & e-Business
• Sales & Marketing • Broadcast Operations
• Public Relations • Information Technology
• Broadcasting & Production • Human Resources
Our Internship Provides:
• Executive “Snack & Learn” Seminars • A Hands-On, Learning Lab Environment
• Resume Workshops • One-On-One Placement With A Mentor
• Mid-Term & Final Evaluations • Career Coaching
• Must receive academic credit for participation (internships are UNPAID)
• Must work a minimum of 20 hours per week
Now Recruiting For SPRING Session: January 30 – May 11, 2012
Apply online at http://www.siriusxm.com/internships
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November 14, 2011
I was interviewing for what was essentially my dream internship at a company I loved that was home to several great artists. This wasn't my first internship so I was fortunate enough to feel confident in my resume and experience. Everything went well until the interviewer asked me what else I do that isn't related to music. I didn't really have an answer because there wasn't much else. I studied music in school, worked with artists in between, and wrote songs and listened to music for fun. Too bad when I said something like that my interviewer told me that was the wrong answer. Uh-oh. Thankfully, I did finally think of something to say, but what if I hadn't? I did spend most of my time pursuing musical activities and realized for the first time that day that what used to be a hobby wasn't any longer.
If this sounds like you then please try to expand your tastes now and pick up something new. Study a new language, create website, take up a sport, collect something, learn how to surf, write, volunteer, join a non-music club, just do something! Because at the end of the day companies want to hire someone who is well-rounded and has another way to fill their time besides music.
November 09, 2011
November 08, 2011
First of all, let me preface this post by saying that my goal is not necessarily to talk anyone out of earning a masters degree or anything like that. My goal is simply to provide an alternative perspective at a time when more people are heading to grad school than ever before. If going back to school after achieving your first degree is what you want to do then go for it! But if you're thinking of going back just because of outside pressures around you, then this article is especially for you.
It's about a year and a half since I earned my bachelor's degree and by now it seems like just about all of my friends who earned their degrees with me are either working towards their next degree or have already earned it. On occasion, it definitely makes me feel a bit like an underachiever. I guess since I once was looked upon as the overachiever, it feels weird to be the one who isn't furthering her education. These days it seems that people with bachelor's degrees are a dime a dozen, so what do I have that makes me stand out from the crowd? Well, for one thing, the big trade-off I have for not going to grad school is over one year of experience in my field. Is this an even trade? Well, it depends on the company you're applying to, to be honest. I applied to quite a few companies after I graduated and most of them turned me away because they were looking for someone with more experience. There was only one company that told me they wanted a masters degree for the entry level position (and I'm willing to bet those are few and far between). If it were a company that I really had my heart set on, I would probably have gone to grad school for them, but since that wasn't the case, I moved on.
November 07, 2011
So, if you're trying to get the attention of someone in the music industry who can help you find a job, gig, deal, or whatever else is it that you want, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to avoid annoying them. To help you out, here's a basic checklist of some of the top things people do that are nearly guaranteed to annoy the music industry person you're trying to reach. Check it out and make sure you aren't guilty of any of the following:
You'll find this listed on most music businesses websites as something that is unwelcome. Though, I admit there can be a time and a place and if you do it right there is a small chance it will accomplish something. However, when someone specifically states that unsolicited mail should not be sent then you're just wasting everyone's time. If it doesn't say that that doesn't mean the recipient will rejoice at the sight of an email from someone they don't know telling them to check out their new track or hire them. It will likely still annoy them. The only way this can work is if you are also avoiding any of the following errors.
Attaching Unwanted Files
Nothing screams virus so much as a random file attached to an email from someone you don't know. So, I promise you that mp3, press release, or whatever else you send most likely won't get opened (unless perhaps you're sending a press release specifically to someone who is used to receiving them in this format) because that's exactly what that person will be thinking. Some companies even block attachment emails from unknown addresses so there's a decent chance your email won't get through at all if you include an attachment in your unsolicited email.
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While the music industry as we once knew it continues to undergo seismic shifts, what do a bunch of music fans who haven't given up on the power and value of music do? They find inspiration to create a new model for the modern day music company -- from this, tinyOGRE Entertainment is born. Our mission is simple. With a core foundation built on trust, transparency and aligned interests -- new fundamentals to the music industry -- tinyOGRE is committed to building true partnerships with artists. tinyOGRE’s collaborative philosophy, long-term view on career development and upfront commitment of resources to our artists nurtures each act’s creative spirit. Driven by our experienced and industry-leading team, our innovative marketing and artist development strategies, along with our nimble and flexible approach enables our artists to continue to adapt to a dynamic marketplace. As the music business continues to evolve, the time is now for tinyOGRE Entertainment.
* Research soundscan, itunes, radio charts, etc.
We are willing to accommodate schedules, but would like someone who could commit to between 3-5 days a week.
In the down-n-dirty world of live sound, however . . . well, we have minutes, not hours. The headlining band usually has the “luxury” of a 60-90 minute sound check, which needs to cover not only drums, but bass, guitars, keys, vocals, monitor levels, a few practice songs . . .
|By Stephan Czuratis (Jazz-face) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons|
If anything below works for you . . . great! If not, leave a comment letting me know what does.
October 27, 2011
Observe the Environment
This is one of the simplest and most important things you can do while you are being lead through the office. Take a look at how people dress, sit, decorate their desks, eat their lunch, move around the office, interact, etc. Do people seem happy? Are they friendly? Is it the kind of work environment you could see yourself thriving in? Do you see any current interns and what are they doing?
Ask if You Can Speak With an Intern
This is a great way to get a good idea of what the environment will be like and what will be expected of you. Ask them about learning opportunities, networking, mentors, and anything else that is on your mind. Ask if they would recommend working there. And, if possible, try to do all of this outside of the office where they will feel more comfortable being honest without the pressure of their boss lurking over their shoulder. A lot of companies hire former interns so you may even be able to talk to an employee that used to be an intern. This is probably a good sign because it likely means both that he or she didn't hate the internship and that there's the possibility it could lead to a job.
Ask A Lot of Questions
October 26, 2011
October 19, 2011
A non-profit corporation called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages several aspects of the Internet, including a way for trademark holders to obtain domain names containing their trademark under certain circumstances. Its main purpose is to prevent "cybersquatting," which is when someone registers a domain name containing a trademark for the purpose of selling it to the person or company who owns that trademark. The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (commonly abbreviated UDRP) established by ICANN governs the process of sorting out these types of disputes over domain names.
In August, Lady Gaga initiated a UDRP action against the registrant of LadyGaga.org, who had been running an unofficial fan site at that domain name for the past three years, claiming that she was unfairly profiting from Lady Gaga's fame. After a panel considered her arguments, Lady Gaga was denied transfer of the domain name.
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October 18, 2011
Generally speaking, if you're serious about your internship, you should be on time to work every day (that you're scheduled to be there) and soak up knowledge/skills like a sponge until the agreed upon time to leave. You're only there for a limited time so you don't want to take away from that precious time with unnecessary days off. Of course, if you're not feeling well, it's perfectly acceptable to take the day off and many employers would most likely encourage you to keep your snotty nose and mysterious diseases as far away from the office as possible. In that case, as a courtesy to both yourself and your fellow employees, please do stay home.
October 17, 2011
October 13, 2011
The 4Ps are product, price, place, and promotion and together they make up the "marketing mix." These make up the main elements of marketing and most, if not all, of what you can control about a marketing campaign.
The product can mean the artist, a record, a song, a concert, a T-shirt, a download, a physical CD, a ring tone, access to an exclusive online portal or fan club, or any other thing you might be trying sell really. In fact, the idea of a music product has become increasingly complex over the past decade and it really could mean any number of things. Traditionally though, a product would usually either be an album or single, the artist overall, merchandise, or a tour.
October 12, 2011
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A press kit is basically a compilation of a lot of information about a musician or band that is sent out to press contacts to try to get a story, interview, feature, or any other press item. Versions of a press kit are also used to book shows, attract labels, get sponsorships etc. However, the contents of these press kits may vary slightly so today I just want to focus on the most basic version.
The list of items you should generally include in a press kit:
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September 20, 2011
Sometimes in life we use similar statements to correlate happiness and success. If I become a rockstar, then I will be happy. If I become CEO, then I will be happy. The trouble is, like in these statements, happiness tends to be reserved for the end goal and for situations that might be unrealistic. This isn't to say that you shouldn't work towards goals that may seem crazy and impossible. But, happiness shouldn't be a reward that is only allowed if you reach them.
September 19, 2011
Everyone needs new shoes at some point and Payless is one of the best places to get trendy shoes at an affordable price. You can get discounts sent straight to your phone that can actually be used on top of existing deals- such as taking an extra 15% of off BOGO. You can join by texting PAYLESS to 747474.
September 16, 2011
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September 14, 2011
Always know your favorite band on the label.
This is KEY. Internships are won or lost on this question. Just like you wouldn't go to an interview at any other company without knowing what they do, don't go into an interview with a record label without being familiar with their roster. Labels don't just want someone knowledgeable and hard-working (although those are certainly very important), they also want someone who is passionate about the label and the bands. If there's not a familiar name on label's roster, make sure to do some research on your music streaming site of choice beforehand so that you can have an answer ready.
Have a unique story.
A good background story is a must at any interview in order to answer that dreaded question: "So tell me about yourself." Your interviewer has just heard ten other people answer by talking about how they sang in their high school chorus or spent their teenage years holed up in their room learning the guitar and listening to [insert angsty band here]. You need a story that both explains why you are applying for an internship with the record label and stands out from the broken record of "I've always loved music!" your interviewer has been hearing all day. That's great that you love music, but why try to work in the music business? What challenges involved in working in music interest you? How did you discover (and perhaps overcome) those challenges? An effective story should intrigue your interviewer and make you memorable. Even if you don't get the internship, when another position in your area of interest becomes available, you might be the first person the label calls. So reach a little deeper into why you want to work in the music business and focus your message to reflect those reasons.
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September 13, 2011
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." - Elbert Hubbard
I came across this quote the other day, and besides the fact that it focuses on the negative, I found it to be rather inspiring. It really got me thinking and wondering about the number of ideas that never came to fruition simply because the person who thought of it was either afraid of being criticized or because the first person they mentioned it to shot it down.
As interns, you're probably somewhere between knowing everything about your field that the internet and formal education could tell you and just beginning to explore a promising new passion. At your internship, you're likely surrounded by people with the passion, the formal education, the internet researching skills, and years of professional experience. Maybe you don't have those years of experience (yet!) but don't let it stop you from pursuing an idea that you think is really great. And definitely don't give up the first time someone says "That'll never work!" just because they've "been in the biz".
September 12, 2011
Keep It To One Page
I don't care if you've had 30 internships that are all 100% relevant to this job, you resume should still be one page. If you feel you really need to convey more information then you can include a linkedin link or other way to find out more, but there are several reasons you need to learn to limit yourself here. First, it doesn't exactly look good if your resume if longer than that of the person hiring you, that just looks pretentious. Second, most people just aren't going to read more than a page Third, the goal of the resume if to get an interview, so as long as you include your strongest points here, you can save the extra material for interview discussion, which brings me to the next point.
September 10, 2011
|Hopeful message on the Tiles for America fence in Greenwich Village|
I, like most, will likely recall the details of the morning of the 11th as long as I live. I was in French class when there was a knock at the door. Someone needed to speak to my teacher immediately and a substitute came to watch over us while she went into the hallway. We were confused but figured whatever it was was likely nothing to be too worried about - until my teacher rushed back in the room crying, grabbed her things, and immediately left. The principal came back in and explained what was happening as best he could. We were young though and grew up in the prosperous 90's, so the idea of this kind of attack was unfathomable at best. The only clear thing at the time was that the place where my teacher's son worked had just been struck by a plane.
Unfortunately, we know how the story ends. Though, I am happy to say that her son was alright, thousands of others from all over the world and country were not. That day did show us though just how strong and united we can be, both as a country and a global community. Countless heroes emerged from the dust as rescue workers refused to give up searching for victims and regular people risked their lives to help those they had never even met. Their inspiring strength reminded us that we are not just republican, gay, Latino, Jewish, progressive, blonde, female, libertarian, southern, middle class, young or any other label. Rather, citizens of the world who, united, could make it through anything. Let us remember that this week as we struggle with revisiting the difficult emotions of that horrendous day and let us celebrate the lives of the heroes who perished by honoring their message of hope, altruism, and perseverance in the face of fear and hate.
September 09, 2011
So for those of you trying to tackle both classes and a live sound internship . . . well, good luck. It can definitely be done, but not without some finagling – and some understanding professors. I was lucky enough to pick up my first steady live sound gig in September of my senior year of college. This was an excellent opportunity for me to get my feet wet in pro-level sound, but it meant missing more than a few classes. What's a guy to do?
Fortunately, my teachers in the music industry program were willing to listen to me, and agreed that an actual job in the field might be just as educational as a class about how to get a job in the same field. They let me use my job at the venue as an internship, and were very accommodating as far as scheduling.
If, on the other hand, you're planning to 'sneak' your internship hours in around your class schedule, here's what you should plan for a typical day at a midsize concert venue:
September 07, 2011
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Description: The Client Relations team is looking for an intern to assist with a wide range of administrative tasks to help support their roster of high-profile artists and labels. They are looking for someone who can spend at least 3 days a week on the job and they can pay for your travel anywhere within zones 1-6.
Requirements: The ideal candidate will be sociable, eager to learn, digital savvy and a passionate music lover. Proficiency in Excel and Word is ideal. It does not need to be for college credits.
About the company: The Orchard is an independent music and video distributor specializing in comprehensive digital strategies for content owners.
To apply: Send your C.V. and a short paragraph on why you'd like to work there to Chris Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 04, 2011
This is a screen shot from the most recent email newsletter from professional surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton (the recent movie Soul Surfer is about her). I'm so happy to share it because I love Bethany's story- that's why I wrote about it in the first place- and I'm honored to be included in her newsletter. Thanks Bethany! To see the original post and learn more about Bethany's inspirational story, click here.
September 02, 2011
Usually when you hear about someone who is in legal trouble for copyright infringement, he or she is a defendant in a civil suit brought by the copyright owner. But under some circumstances copyright infringement can also be a crime. Section 506 of the Copyright Act makes it illegal to willfully infringe a copyright:
- by the reproduction or distribution of one or more copies or works during any 180–day period with a total retail value of more than $1,000; or
- by making available to a computer network accessible to members of the public a work that is being prepared for commercial distribution when that person knew or should have known that the work was intended for commercial distribution (this includes when someone leaks an album before its release date or videotapes a movie in the theater before it is available on DVD).
Note that only the first requires the defendant to have made any money from the infringing acts, but all require knowledge of the wrongdoing. Depending on the severity of the crime, the first and third can earn you up to 10 years in prison and the second can get you up to 6 years, plus any fines. Criminal charges are not brought often, but it does happen.
NAB Show is providing the tickets for this prize and their conference and convention will be going on the same week featuring the latest technologies and trends in media, TV, radio, and film. They also have a free career fair for those looking to get a job in one of these areas. What is the name of the student who got an internship through last year’s NAB Show Career Day?
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