Advice for the young music business professional

Are you at the point where it's time to get serious about finding a real-life job?? It can definitely be intimidating and a little scary at times. While I was preparing to speak to the music majors at Virginia Tech a few weeks ago I asked a few friends several questions to get my thought process flowing. I love their answers so much, I have to share!

The point I tried to communicate to the VT undergrads last month was to NETWORK. It's so important! Check out what my friends said when I asked... 

If you could go back and tell yourself anything as you were starting your music career journey - what would you say?

Stop worrying about grades. Focus on retaining the valuable lessons. Take everything in that you possibly can. Stay relevant. Read music industry publications. Meet EVERYONE. Stay in touch with those people. Form meaningful relationships
— Liza
Get out there and network, meet people, have a positive attitude and most importantly work hard (no task is too big or too small) - that won’t go unnoticed. Every job I’ve had in the music industry has been through word of mouth recommendations. It’s important to always put your best foot forward - this applies to both PR and the music industry.
— Ashley
No question. I would tell myself to focus on my own journey. I wasted so much energy comparing myself to other people and where they stood on their own musical journeys . A person’s capability is not measured by how many EP’s, headshots, Twitter followers they have. It is so easy to get caught up in the tangible aspects of the industry that you can quickly forget the reason you pursued music to begin with.
— Caroline

What would you say? Share in the comments below!


Katherine Forbes

Nashville, TN