As a student there’s always so much pressure that gets put onto us. We are told we need to know what we want to do with our lives but in reality we are still trying to figure out what we out of our life. At FWT we wanted to tell you it’s okay, just breath and everything will fall into place.
When someone says they want to work in the music industry to you…what’s the first thing that pops in your mind? We all think that wanting to get your big break in the music industry means you want to be a singer but they don’t think about all the other roles someone in the music industry could have. Being apart of the team at Fan Girls has really opened my eyes to what is out there for people. The first step you have to make is just to put yourself out there to take on the opportunities that will come your way and the rest will follow.
I never thought that I would be doing this. If you asked me last year what I wanted to do after I finish university I would have said a human rights lawyer – I have done a whole 180 on what I want as a career. What I am trying to say is don’t be scared to try new things. Personally, I always loved writing and talking but you just have to find the career that would best suit you.
Sometimes it can be hard when your just starting out but there’s always a team of people who have been in the same position as you and will help you along the journey. My first tip for you and the most important one is to never give up even when it gets hard or you want to quit to get and I quote a “real job” you say “no” to that inner voice and you keep working hard because it will pay off in the end.
If you want to work in the music industry as a tour manager or work at a label or even be a photographer at concerts you have to stand out from all the other people who want the same job as you. What makes you different and stand out from the crowd? Tip 2 would be to have a porfollio of work on-the-go if someone in the industry wants to have a look at it. The best thing would to have an online one as this makes it very accessible for any employers and I would suggest you to have a link for it that can be used on your social media. Tip 3 have a Linkedin page, if you don’t have one set up stop reading this and set your account up now. Linkedin is a platform for you to connect with people who share a similar interest to you. I would say it’s the best way to look at what people are doing and what opportunities are out there. On your Linkedin page you would also list off all the jobs/internships/extra curricular activities you have done. Everytime I go on Linkedin or Instgram and I see people from Fan Girls: World Tour or similar companies do these amazing things I want to strive and do them. You shouldn’t let your age, gender or even your location stop you from achieving your goals.
So what are my tips for not giving up on your goals within the music industry…
Tip 1: Never give up even when things might start to get hard and you have obstacles being put in your way. Just breath and think about why you want to do this and how you can solve your problem by getting over the obstacle *metaphorically*.
Tip 2: Have an online portfolio that can show case your work to any employer. Make it accessible in whatever format you choose.
Tip 3: Have a Linkedin account so you can network and connect with people in the same career path as yourself.
And the last one would be…
Don’t let anything stop you from achiveing your goals whever it’s your location, your gender or even your ethnicity because you will acheive whatever you put your mind to.