music community + me.

ants and a ritz cracker

I’m extremely impressed with people in the last week.  Most people that is.  I decided a couple weeks ago that I wanted to try to connect with various people in the music industry so I could learn from them.  Because at heart, I am learner - I was one of those crazy people in college that loved my classes.  Don’t worry, I skipped plenty, but overall, I was a huge nerd.  I love knowing that there are things I don’t know and can learn.  And, honestly, I would love to learn as much as I can before diving into something.

So, I wanted to talk to some of my favorite artist’s managers and teams.  To my complete shock, I have been able to get ahold of every person I’ve wanted to talk to (I’ve only contacted 3 people, but have been in contact with all 3).  This gives me hope, people!  I couldn’t believe these professionals that clearly have plenty to do would take time from their schedule to talk to me and give me their advice & wisdom.  A couple things they said have stood out to me.  First of all, one person said no one knows what they’re doing - everyone just has to learn it for themselves.  I appreciated that, because while I don’t have an MBA or a Bachelors in Music Business, I can learn things.  Secondly, someone else told me that it could be to my advantage to not have any background in the music business because things have changed so much that I would potentially be tied to a broken system.  That also was extremely encouraging.  Trust me, I’d rather have loads of experience (regardless of how things have turned out - and thankfully I have a great balance on our team of people that know so much), but I believe I’ll have that chance in the years to come.  For now, I can just do whatever it takes to learn what I need to and push forward.  Which is quite easy to do when I believe in our team and our artists.

All this being said, I also know that most of the music business is just doing it.  Or, as a new friend said to me multiple times in our conversation over the phone, “Just f-ing do it, Katie.  Whatever you need to do, just f-ing do it.”  That has been resounding in my ear in the previous week.  In the moments I’ve thought, “I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do here”, I’ve plowed through - in large part because of that encouragement.

So, I’m so hopeful of what is to come and that we can actually do whatever it is that needs to be done to move forward.  I’m including this ridiculous video I took yesterday right outside our office.  I was amazed.  I was inspired.  I was disgusted.  But, whatever I was, I’m sharing it with you!

What I’m Listening To:

What I’ve Learned This Week:

  • Jolly Rancher wrappers in my trash can lead to a nation of ants invading my office.
  • People are more willing to share their experience and knowledge than I thought, and can be very kind and generous to strangers. (I’ve experienced this before but have been surprised by it in the music industry).
  • How to do a name search on the internet for band/artist names to make sure it is available legally.

  • 25 May 2010