November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving Message

One of my favorite things is working on this site and being able to help people, even if it's just in a small way, get closer to living their dreams. I believe music is one of the most beautiful and powerful things in the world and that the music industry is at its best when it is open to fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. So I am incredibly thankful for all of you who are really the ones who turned this little site I started as a way to share information in hopes that it may help one person, into something bigger than I imagined. You are the reason I get to do amazing things like post about fantastic internships and speak on panels and help people on a regular basis and it's wonderful to try to get to know as many of you as possible and to be lucky enough to feel like I have new friends around the world (if we haven't talked yet please feel free to say hi on Twitter or email). 

I know though that wanting to work in something as unpredictable as music can put a strain on relationships with those closest to you and make days like today frustrating. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a support system that wholeheartedly believes in them and encourages them to pursue their dreams. I hope today you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who know how amazing you and aren't afraid to tell you.  But if you don't have that support, know that we are here and are happy to try to help as best we can. Because having the courage to follow your passion is an incredible and rare gift that should be celebrated. The world needs more of that. So thank you for being you. 


November 25, 2013

Success Stories: David Tennant's Determination to Become The Doctor

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If you're British, a fan of Doctor Who, or simply went on Twitter this weekend, you probably know Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the long-running British television show Doctor Who and that the BBC had a special show in honor of the event that was broadcast simultaneously all over the world. Though he may be relatively unknown to the general public here in America (though you probably at least know him from Harry Potter), David Tennant is one of the most highly regarded actors the world over as a result of his work as the enigmatic Doctor on this influential show. He is also a fantastic example of what talent, hard work, passion, a bit of luck, and some fierce determination can lead to and that is why he's our feature today.

David Tennant may be well-known today for his portrayal of The Doctor, but as a boy he was actually inspired to act because of his passion for the show. As a young child he watched the show and saw Tom Baker as the title character and became obsessed. It was then he decided he wanted to be an actor and he told friends and family that he was going to be The Doctor someday [1]. Of course, they believed he would someday grow out of these childhood fantasies and he explained in an interview that "Everyone was persistent in the belief I would 'grow out of it, but not me. I believed this was going to be a life-long thing. When I was old enough I was convinced that I was going to play the part of The Doctor on TV. I was absolutely convinced [1]." He was still just as convinced as a young teen and even wrote about it in his high school English essays [2].

November 20, 2013

What Is the Purpose of a Cover Letter?

Cover letters are one the key tools in your job/internship search arsenal. But, in a world where you can communicate with friends without even really using any words at all (Snapchat anyone?) it can be difficult to understand why you need a letter at all. It probably seems a bit like a waste of time, so let's break down why it is so important.

First, the sole purpose of a cover letter is to get someone to look at your resume. That's it. It isn't to tell your life story or even get you an interview. It's just to get them to click on the link to your resume and invest some of their time to take a look and consider you. Again, it's really that simple.

So, your cover letter should answer these questions, from the point of the view of the person reading it:

  1. Why are you contacting me?
  2. How did you find me / this job or internship?
  3. Why do you want this job or internship?
  4. Why are you a good candidate for this job or internship? 
  5. What about you makes me want to know more?
Admittedly, answering those questions in one succinct letter or email is easier said than done. Still,, the point is that you don't need to explain everything you've ever accomplished or try desperately to convince them to hire you on the spot. You just need to pick a few key examples, explain yourself, and leave them wanting more. 

November 18, 2013

What Exactly Happens on a Music Video Shoot?

This is a guest post from New York Film Academy, visit their site for more information on film and video education opportunities.

Music video shoots are one of the most exciting collaborative projects imaginable, usually seeing a convergence of numerous skills from across a variety of industries just to make the magic happen. As such, few other places provide so many opportunities to meet and mingle with musicians, film directors, producers and other important people.


If you're interning at a label or studying at somewhere like the NYFA, you have plenty of reasons to be excited when invited to work on a music video. All the same, you might be understandably nervous, too. What will be expected of you? What exactly happens behind the scenes of a music video? The more you know before it starts, the more prepared you'll be if the opportunity arises.

November 14, 2013

Music Royalty Lessons from the TLC Biopic CrazySexyCool

"This is how a group can sell 10 million albums and be broke. Everyone get ready to do your math."
This is a line from one of the most telling moment's of VH1's recent TLC biopic, CrazySexyCool. This movie was well done overall and worth watching for anyone who has an interest in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in a band's career, in this case a band that was stuck with some seriously bad contracts. After multi-platinum albums, sold out tours, and what should seem like extraordinary success, the band found themselves without a penny and they came forward after winning GRAMMY Awards, as it shows in the film, to tell the world what was really going on. Later in the film though, the girls are doing an on-air radio interview with callers who believe they must have just gone broke because they spent all of their money and Left Eye decided to break it down for everyone to help them understand just how they could be so successful and yet still be starving artists:

"Y'all 100 points on an album
TLC has 7 points
Each point is worth eight cents
7×8 is 56
Got it?
10 million albums, $5.6 million
Now we owe the label 3 million for travel, production and videos, right?
Okay, that leaves us with 2.6 million which puts us in a 48% tax bracket
Which now leaves us with 1.3 million to split three ways
And on top of that we gotta pay managers, lawyers, and did I forget that Pebbles [their manager] is suing us for damages so we in the red for a couple hundred grand that we don't have"
 - Left Eye in the CrazySexyCool  biopic

So what exactly does that mean and what does it tell you about how artists get paid? Let's take a closer look.

November 13, 2013

How to Handle Rejection


If there's one thing you're definitely going to face while pursuing a career in the entertainment industry it's rejection. It may mean not getting a call after an audition, having your demo turned down, getting a form letter after an interview, or just plain being ignored. There's really nothing as good at making you doubt yourself as rejection, but unfortunately it's something that will probably happen more times than you can count (please don't try, it will only make it worse). So, how do you get back on the proverbial horse when you're starting to wonder if maybe your parents were right all along and you should give a more rational career a try?  Well, you can start by telling that voice to shut up and then following these steps.

November 12, 2013

Internship Opportunity with Heavy Metal Label, Century Media

Independent heavy metal record label seeks hardworking, dependable people for an internship in our Los Angeles office.

Description:
Learn different aspects of the record business in a general internship or focus on a specific area (Promotion, Radio, Sales, Graphics, Video, Publishing, A&R, etc).

Location:Hawthorne, CA

Requirements:
  • Must live in the Los Angeles, CA area
  • Must receive school credit
  • Must be at least 18 yrs old
  • Must work a minimum of 150 hours
To Apply:
Email internships@centurymedia.com 





November 08, 2013

GRAMMY U Social Media Fall/Winter 2013 Internship

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for over 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its legacy as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. As a membership organization we represent some of the most talented professionals in the world. Our members include recording artists, engineers, producers, composers/arrangers, managers, agents, social media executives and many others. The Recording Academy’s Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for current college students (sophomore, junior or senior) to gain on-site training in office administration, event management and artist relations in exchange for college credit. Candidates should be energetic, hard working and have aspirations of a career in the music industry or music education.

Enter the GRAMMY Gig of a Lifetime Contest for the Chance to Perform During GRAMMY Week

CBS Interactive today announced the kick off to its third-annual “GRAMMY® Gig of a Lifetime” contest to give aspiring musicians across the country the chance to perform during a GRAMMY® Week event. The performance will also be available on-demand as part of GRAMMY® Live, a digital experience featuring streaming events and exclusive coverage around Music's Biggest Night®. Presented by Surface, this year’s contest will tap top musical talent from different genres – Fall Out Boy, Austin Mahone, and Emeli Sandé – to help select the finalists before the public votes on their choice for the winning band.

November 05, 2013

Enter GRAMMY U's Amplifier Center Stage Initiative

The Recording Academy® and Hyundai today announced the launch of Amplifier Center Stage: A GRAMMY U® Initiative — a catalyst for music innovation and artist development in the digital era. The program, which unites emerging and aspiring artists with established artists to mentor their careers, will run through the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® season with the winners announced at an official GRAMMY® Week event on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

The 2014 program will include curators from an array of musical genres; GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper, pop singer Ariana Grande, GRAMMY-nominated country artist Hunter Hayes, and hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar are on board as curators for Amplifier Center Stage. The 2014 ambassador for Amplifier Center Stage will be announced at the beginning of December.

"We are excited for The Recording Academy and GRAMMY U to partner with Hyundai for this initiative. With more than 5,000 students in 400 universities across the nation, GRAMMY U is becoming the fastest-growing level of membership within our organization," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We are grateful to be able to help educate and encourage those students who aspire to be part of the music community, and we are looking forward to receiving and reviewing a vast collection of hopeful, talented participants with this year's Amplifier Center Stage."


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