If you want to get into the music industry but you have no experience in this field, you can put your skills to the test by entering a music internship program. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities out there; you can opt for a job at a talent agency, a PR company, an internet radio station, a social media platform, a specialized app, or any other type of business or organization. Finding the right place for you can be either extremely easy or very difficult, depending on your abilities and your ambition.
Here are a few tips and tricks for those of you who want to get into the music business:
Assess Your Musical Skills and Experience
Before doing anything, make sure you know very well what you can offer to an employee in the music business. Even if you don’t sing or play a musical instrument, there are still plenty of opportunities out there. The industry needs accountants, graphic designers, translators, marketers and many other specialized workers. Basically, you can start on any positon, as long as you are a dedicated, hard working person. After having established what you can bring to the table, you can start looking for the right internship programs which will bring you the chance to advance in your career.
Start Meeting People Who Work in the Industry
Like any other job in the entertainment industry, being a music industry intern means heavily investing in your future network. Connecting with influential people with interesting positions, discussing with them and understanding their take on the business will greatly contribute to your future success.
Take it As a Challenge
Even though it may seem glamorous from the outside, the music industry is a very challenging and unstable business, so don’t expect this to be easy. Mentally prepare yourself for hard work and job insecurity and consider your risk appetite before diving in.
To be attractive to an employer, a music intern should prove to be informed and updated with the industry news. So, read everything you can, from books to specialized publications, magazines, music websites, watch interviews with famous industry players, dive into research reports. Especially if you do not have a music business degree, constantly reading and expanding your knowledge will pay off.
Getting Real Industry Experience is a Must
People debate over unpaid internships in the music industry. Are they really worth it? If you just slave away on small errands, you don’t meet anyone interesting and you don’t feel that you are developing your career, then you are definitely wasting your time. But this is rarely happening. In most cases, company executives are willing to help out, teach interns useful things and help them network, because they know this is the real value of an internship.
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