December 31, 2012

Top 10 Posts of 2012

Thanks for reading, asking questions, coming to panels, tweeting, facebooking, and all the other things you did to support the site and make 2012 amazing (and a special thanks to our amazing team of writers: Lauren, Katie, Anna, and Nate!). It was our biggest year yet and I'm so glad that something that started out with the simple intention of trying to help people learn more about music careers at a time when music education budgets are always threatening to be cut, has grown into something this impactful. I love that we are able to meet some amazing people, answer your questions, and even help you find your dream internship. That's what this is all about and it's been so much fun doing it. Please stay tuned for what will hopefully be an even bigger and better 2013 and, as always, let us know if there's anything we can do to help you. In the mean time, here's the posts you helped make popular in 2012.

Music Industry Careers for Shy People
This post was recently featured in the ASCAP newsletter and is based on a question submitted by a reader who loves music but was afraid she may be too shy for a career connected to the limelight. So, we looked at what jobs introverts may might to avoid, which may suit them, and some additional tips to help.

How to Write Your First Resume
Resumes are pretty important documents but writing one can be tough and intimidating. So, this post is a step-by-step guide to helping you manage the process and figure out what to include.

What to Wear to a Music Industry Conference
Music industry conferences are great place for learning and networking, but it can be nerve-wracking to figure out what to wear that make you look less like a newbie and more like you belong (not to mention to do so on the budget of an unpaid intern!).  This post was based on a question submitted by a reader and it turned out to a bit controversial (check out the comments). The goal was to help you figure out what types of clothing are common so you can feel confident in making a choice that suits your style of personality but won't make you stand out in a bad way. But, give it a read and tell us what you think. Did we get the point across, or is it trying to turn you into a corporate drone (I hope not, that wouldn't be very rockstar-like).

Music Industry Lessons From The Lorax
Who doesn't love the classic Dr. Suess story of a boy who changed the world for the better? The music industry has been in a state of change for more than decade now and we're still in the midst of a digital revolution for which the end can't be foretold. For better or worse, that has had a big impact on the industry and the way it operates. As the next generation of music industry leaders, it's up to us to make sure the music industry of the future is a successful and flourishing place that offers great music and there are lessons we can learn from the the story of the lorax. Be passionate, learn about and from the past, and have the courage to challenge the status quo because "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not."

First Day of Internship: What to Bring
The first day of a new internship is scary enough as it is without stressing over what to bring with you. So you don't need to worry about that anymore because we've taken care of it for you with this list.

Non-Music Clubs and Activities that Can Help Your Music Career
This post was recently featured on The GRAMMY Foundation's Facebook and takes a look at the activities you can puruse that may not seem so obvious but can still help your music career.

GRAMMY Camp Alumni Perform with Keith Urban
Some of the amazing alumni of GRAMMY Camp performed live with Keith Urban at this year's American Country Awards and they did a great job. Find out how you can get or support similar opportunities by attending, helping, or donating to GRAMMY Camp

Internship Bootcamp at the Recording Academy
Only a few weeks ago, Lauren and I visited The Recording Academy's Philadelphia GRAMMY U Chapter to talk their members about internships and answer their questions. We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks to The Recording Academy for having us on the panel!

Intern FAQ: Will an Internship Get Me a Job?
This is really the most important question isn't it? After all, it's the real goal of all those internships. So, will it actually get you a job. Give it a click and find out.

Should You Turn Down a Job Offer?
The economy still isn't in great shape and you're sick of (or afraid of ending up) living with your parents. You got a job offer but it isn't what you had in mind and you're considering turning it down. But that little voice inside your head (oh, maybe that's just your parents yelling?) is telling you'd be crazy to turn down a job offer. Well, is that true? What do you think?