December 30, 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2013

Thanks for a fantastic year and for tweeting, reading, pinning, facebooking, email, chatting, participating in contests, coming to events and everything else you did to support Intern Like a Rockstar in 2013. This year saw continued growth for us and amazing opportunities on here for you from Croshal Entertainment Group, BuzzFeed, SiriusXM, and even a pretty amazing contest with a really cool prize I was admittedly a bit jealous of. It's so amazing to be able to help people live their dreams of working in music and connect with amazing people all over the world doing incredible things in the name of their passion and all of this is possible because of you and your support. This site started out as just a simple blog with no budget (okay that part is still accurate) aimed at maybe helping a few people if they stumble across it on Google, but it's growing into something much bigger than that and into something that just maybe can actually make a difference. There's much more to come in 2014, including the return of the Twitter chat and an exciting project I'm already working on with some fantastic helpers. So stay tuned! As always, let us know if there's anything we can do to help. 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) How to Write a Music Industry Cover Letter
Cover letters are one of the most important job search tools, but they're useless if you have no idea what exactly you should be writing about. This post, that was shared by GRAMMY Camp on their Facebook page, tells you exactly what your cover letter needs to communicate and helps you put it all together with an example.

2) What A&R Representatives Are Looking For in Musicians
Whether you want a record deal or you want to work behind the scenes, it's important to understand what it takes to impress the elusive decision makers of the record industry: A&R reps. This post was featured in ASCAP's Daily News Brief and takes a look at the qualities A&R reps seek out as signs of success in a potential artist. 

3) How to Write Your First Resume
Resumes are pretty crucial for just about anything you to which you apply: jobs, internships, college, scholarships, etc. Still, there isn't exactly a class in high school or college about how to write this crucial document. So, consider this your crash course with a step-by-step process to help you assess your experiences, choose what to include, and actually put it together.

4)How to Ace a Record Label Interview
So your impressive new resume and cover letter got you an interview (go you!) and now you need to know what to expect. Well, here you go.

5)Avoiding Music Industry Scams
Unfortunately, the music industry is one industry that has more than it's fair share of scammers that attempt to make money on the hopes and dreams of people who may not know better. Even I've encountered some. You don't have to fall victim to their schemes. This post, featured in ASCAP's Daily News Brief explains some of the signs of music business fraud and gives you tips to help you protect yourself.

6)How to Win a GRAMMY: A Look at Voting and Nominations
Ah, the elusive, highly coveted GRAMMY Awards. Everyone has an opinion about who deserves to win one and who missed out on a well-deserved nomination. But how exactly does the process work? We break it down for you here.

7) Understanding Common Touring and Concert Promotion Contracts
One of the easiest ways to avoid the aforementioned scams is to learn as much as you can about the music business and it's norms. This post, also featured in the ASCAP Daily News Brief, helps you do that when it comes to touring by explaining the most common concert deals offered to artists and how to calculate exactly how many tickets you will need to sell before you see any money from each deal.

8) First Day of Internship: What to Bring
Getting an internship is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Especially your first day. Make your first day a little less intimidating by getting some experienced advice (from my time in 10 different internships) on what to bring with you on your first day.

9) Intern FAQ: How Do I Find an Internship That Doesn't Require College Credit
The more internship experience you have the better off you will be when it comes time to find a real job because you'll know more, have a better resume, and have more connections. Unfortunately, a lot of internships require college credit and not everyone can get credit for doing an internship. This post helps you find ways to work around that requirement and get some experience anyway.

10) What to Wear to a Music Industry Conference
Conferences are a great way to learn and meet new people, but if it's your first time attending it can be hard to figure out what to wear. You want to look professional and avoid standing out for the wrong reasons but still feel like yourself and look like you actually belong in the music industry. This post will help you figure out how to find a balance and get noticed for the right reasons. 
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