It’s Been Quite the Journey

| January 31, 2011

Five years ago I would not have told you I wanted to be a music teacher. My musical experiences, for the most part, occurred outside of school. I played in bands and recorded music throughout high school and when it came time to go to college this was field I hoped to pursue a career in. Initially I was enthralled. My conservatory classes offered a wealth of information in addition to studio access.

In my sophomore year I was fortunate to land an internship at a music management firm. The tasks, although primarily clerical, gave me a view into the business aspect of the music industry. Through the help of my boss I was able to attain a second internship at a prestigious New York City recording studio.

This was not everything it was cracked up to be. Sure I set up sessions, ran cables, and normalized consuls but I also cleaned vomit, swept carpeted stairs, and got coffee. The life of a gofer. I also interacted with clients, producers, and artists. Some were friendly, cordial, and appreciative of the interns. Others were obviously miserable. They were industry veterans who seemed to have reached the end of their wits. Most likely they were just fried, overworked, and underpaid. The experience as a whole was fantastic, but I left New York that summer with a bad taste in my mouth. I could see that success in this field was not as straight forward as I thought.

Cue the desire to have a positive impact through music!