Anonymous asked: I am going on tour with a AAA artist in a few weeks, I literally just found out that I got the gig. I work production usually and I've never done anything near this level before, but I am going to be working as the ambiance coordinators assistant. Since this isn't what I usually do, I know I should dress nicer than the tank top, jeans, and converse I would wear for production but I'm not sure how nice I should dress. Any advice?
I don’t even know what an ambiance coordinator assistant is…. but honestly, I would just ask the person you’re supposed to be assisting. If you’re going to be hauling stuff around and setting stuff up then really I don’t see why you can’t wear the same garb you’d normally wear in production but I would definitely ask to be sure. If you can’t contact that person ahead of time then bring a range of things. Maybe nicer shirts/tanks than just a beater. Black (longer) shorts are always easy to dress up or down - h&m has some great canvass ones right now that I stock up on every summer cause I love them so much. The only people I ever see dress up on tour are VIP people/ PR people/ Wardrobe people. Everyone else is usually in the normal shirt/tank with jeans/shorts and comfy shoes. I guess it depends on how much actual “work” is involved if you know what I mean.
disappear-there asked: back in HS i really wanted to tour/work the music industry/etc. i forgot about that for a while, stopped going to shows, got drawn into other things, and became an art major. but recently ive been thinking about it again. Every venue in the area is far away and downtown (the one i really wanted to work at closed last year) and I dont have any experience with anything. i'm almost 20 and feel like its too late. i dont know how to play an instrumen, have no connections, dont know anything technical
It all depends on what you want to do. You should probably get to work on volunteering and internships. The touring music industry isn’t all 20 year old merch girls no matter how much tumblr makes it seem so. You’re an art major? Any good with graphic design? Making merch designs and posters would be a great way for you to use your school experience in the industry. What about Photo? Or set design? CD art? If you wanna do something in production or in an office then go volunteer and get an internship pronto. It’s almost never too late to do anything. You’re 19 and are going to live to be over 100. You’re not even a fifth through your life yet so yeah as long as you have a strong work ethic then you have time.
Anonymous asked: Hi Jade. I'm moving to the US from Australia next year for a year on a visa that allows me to work/intern. I will have my bachelors degree in music management by then and I've been working at a venue here in Australia and interning for labels over the course of my studies. I'm currently torn between moving to LA or NY (I've visited both and loved them). Do you have any general tips/advice? Like where to look for job listings, internships & housing? Thank you.
Personally I think both are great cities for music and culture. I’m a bigger fan of NY because people there are a tad bit less fake than LA in my opinion but I grew up in LA and thats probably why I don’t like it as much. Oh and the smog makes it hard to breathe. Have you checked out other music cities where competition for jobs may not be as tough? Nashville, Austin, Chicago, Boston….
Best way to go about getting a job/internship is to look up all the companies you can think of depending on what area you want to work in- a label, venue, booking, management, etc. (for example just google search “new york music venue” and look at their contact page or about us page for internship/job info) and don’t forget livenation.com and aeg.com as those are the largest promoters in the country and offer the most positions
Also, craigslist.org can be really great for internships, jobs and housing/subletting.
I like the linkedin job page too- very helpful to me
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