After attending a luncheon this week with one of Nashville's biggest artist management firms, I started thinking about how important it is for our students/alumni to craft their professional brand. If you want to work in the entertainment industry, you are constantly thinking about others' brands and how to best market the brand to a wide audience. But what about you? - the artist manager - the booking agent -the screenwriter - the receptionist.
What is your brand? How are you going to market your strengths and aspirations to the employer when the time comes? In an industry this competitive you must have an edge - something that distinguishes you - your professional brand.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What do I do better than anyone else? What do I excel in?
- What makes me excited?
- What do others consider to be my strengths? Ask them. (Have a personal board of advisers that are honest with you.)
- Who do you want to be? How do you want to be known? What do you want others to take away from an interaction with you?
These aren't easy questions to answer, and sometimes it takes talking it through with friends and mentors. Spend the time crafting your brand! The entertainment industry loves creativity and self awareness. Be prepared to talk about yourself and what you can offer.
And then magically...your brand aligns with an employer's brand and everyone lives happily ever after.
WARPED TOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ASAP.
Please contact Berkley Myers at email@example.com for information regarding catering, eco, Feed Our Children NOW, or Local production volunteer spots beginning Tuesday, July 29th.
South on Demonbreun St. - Tuesday (July 29th) at 6pm! Meaningful connections lead to jobs. Pretty sure you know that, but I feel like I need to reiterate it sometimes.
When going through the job search process, it can become tempting to want to follow up with a company after applying for a job with them, especially if it’s been a couple weeks and you have yet to hear from them. But when does following up become overkill? In the entertainment and music industry's current job market, any amount of follow-up could be considered overkill.
Since we are in a job market and industry where the pool of applicants is exponentially larger than the amount of available jobs, think about how bogged down the hiring process would become if each applicant followed up to the resume he or she sent for a job opening and the hiring staff responded to each follow up. It’s just humanly impossible for staff to do so without putting a strain on their current workload and slowing down the hiring process. This is the reason why many job ads include the statement, “No phone calls please.”
Once you have submitted your resume and application for a job opening, you must learn how to then be patient. But, being patient doesn’t mean being inactive. Instead, you want to continue to look and apply for other opportunities within the industry. The only follow-up that might be appropriate at this point in the job search is to try and connect on LinkedIn with the person making the final hiring decision (usually the supervisor in the department where the job is housed). If you choose to try to connect with this person via LinkedIn, make sure to change the generic wording for the connection request to something a little more personable, yet professional. For instance, you might say, “I have recently applied for a job with [company name] and look forward to the potential opportunity to meet you and discuss my qualifications.”
Then, once you have landed an interview, you gain an appropriate opportunity to follow up immediately after the interview with a thank you note. This should be sent 24 to 48 hours after the interview to each person with whom you interviewed (make sure you have the correct spelling of their names!). While it is not necessarily wrong to send a handwritten thank you note, I always recommend keeping things professional by sending a type-written thank you note (much in the same format as your cover letter), especially since the thank you note following an interview should not only address your appreciation for the opportunity and their consideration, but also anything about your skills you want to reiterate or anything you didn’t have the opportunity to discuss in the interview that may be of importance or interest to the reader.
After sending the thank you note, resist the urge to follow up again, even if you don’t hear anything back for a while. Instead, use that time to prepare for the possibility of second-round interviews. Go over any notes you took during the interview. Make note of how you responded to the questions so you can provide consistent answers to similar questions in the follow-up interview.
Continue Your Pursuit.
While awaiting a response following your job interview, continue your pursuit of other opportunities. Doing so will prevent you from wasting time and putting all your hope in one opportunity, and it may also give you some leverage when multiple offers start coming in. Also spend this time becoming familiar with money negotiation tactics and notifying your references that they may soon be contacted by the company. Always let your references know when you have accepted an offer and take the time to thank them for their assistance.
Nashville-based record label is seeking talented male singers for a new country/pop music group. Must be male, ages 17-22, with ability to sing and harmonize. Proficiency in playing additional instruments is preferred.
Please send mp3 or video demos with head shot to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all Belmont artists and bands... We are now taking applications for our annual outdoor Battle of the Belmont Bands show! To apply:
1) Log In to MyBelmont
2) Click here to read the requirements and fill out the application.
Applications are due by July 28th, 2014 before 12:00pm and the event will be held on Friday, August 22nd 2014 on the South Lawn. Get ready for a great night of music.
Sanders Media Group out of Colorado Springs will be in Nashville from Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 16. They will be filming the Professional Bail Agent Mid-Year Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and following around one of the leading Bail Bonds agents in the country as part of a documentary about his life.
We are looking for one to two students to record and mix sound on location with the film crew. Pay is $10 per hour. Lunch is included. Candidates would need to have their own gear and the ability to get to the location.
Please contact John McSween at email@example.com if you are interested.
YEP and BMI presents @Exit/In.
Tomorrow night (Wednesday, the 9th) - Hope you can make it out to Exit/In for a memorable show Wednesday at 6pm! Adam Craig, Sean McConnell, and Brooke Eden!
No cover - no excuse.
The link has been fixed to sign up for the Warped Tour. Volunteers needed now! You must sign up by July 11th.
More volunteer spots opened up for Warped Tour and we wanted to pass this opportunity along to Belmont students. Sign up on the Google Doc by July 11th.
All volunteers except catering can show up at 8am
The catering volunteers can arrive at 11am for lunch. They will need to be ushered to catering to begin at 11:30am.
When it comes to job interviews, especially for entry level jobs in the music and entertainment industry, it’s important to have questions of your own prepared to ask the interviewer. Why? Because interviewing is a two-way street! (And also because one of the questions you’ll be asked is, “Do you have any questions for us?”) It’s important to ask questions about the company and the job itself in order to gather enough information so that you can make an informed decision if offered a job, especially if you end up having more than one job offer on the table.
Also, it’s important to have questions prepared so that the interviewer will know you are genuinely interested in the job. I have actually seen a job offer go to a lesser-qualified candidate all because the better qualified candidate said “no” when asked by the interviewers if she had any questions for them. Not having questions prepared shows a lack of interest and enthusiasm in the position and the company.
So, what kind of questions should you ask? First, let’s look at what kind of questions you shouldn’t ask. It’s always a no-no to ask about salary before the interviewer brings it up or before there’s an offer on the table. The same goes for asking about the amount of vacation, holiday, and sick leave you’ll get. Those are the obvious questions you shouldn’t ask. The less obvious questions you shouldn’t ask are any questions you could easily have found the answer to by just doing a little research or reviewing the company’s web site. Now let's look at appropriate questions to ask.
Appropriate questions to ask in a job interview include:
- What is a typical day like on this particular job or at this particular company?
- How do the people who work here like their jobs and the company?
- Do team members and co-workers typically eat lunch together, or do they typically eat lunch at their desks?
- Are there opportunities for training and advancement?
- Why is this position open?
- Who will I be working with directly?
- What will be one of the first projects I will be involved in if hired?
- What’s the most important thing I can do to help this organization within the first 90 days of my employment?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process? OR…When do you expect to make a hiring decision?
- Are there any issues or concerns about my candidacy that I can address at this time?
- [Insert your own here.]
In addition to the questions above, you’ll also have some questions that will pop up as you’re doing your research in preparation for the interview (you are doing your research, aren’t you?). Other questions will come to mind during the interview as the interviewer is telling you more about the company and the position. It’s perfectly okay to come in to the interview with a list of questions prepared so you can refer to them when the opportunity to ask them arises. Asking questions will make the interview more conversational, therefore making it feel more natural and less nerve-wracking.