Season of overwhelmed

It is completely normal to be overwhelmed this time of year – you have finals, people asking you what you want to do with your life, figuring out housing for the summer, pressure (from me) to network, your parents telling you to get a paid job, and all the while you are attempting to enjoy spring and your last two weeks on campus.

So in the spirit of Easter, we should all stop and put everything into perspective.  Take a breather and prioritize. You can in fact get all of this done if you plan out your day well.


8-9:30am – Enjoy an amazing cup of coffee at Crema with your internship supervisor from circa 2013.  (networking and life decisions – check!)

10am – 12pm – STUDY (finals – check!)

12-1:30pm – Grab a Chic-fil-a nugget pack on the go and meet with a realtor to find a rental house to share with your 4 friends. (housing –check!)

2-5pm – STUDY (finals – check!)

5-6pm – Email 5 new contacts and set up coffee and lunch meetings for the next week. (job search and networking – check!)

6-6:15pm– Call your parents and tell them you are attending the Ryman and Opry Job Fair next week to find a paid position for the summer while you look for something permanent and spend time networking. (parents/paid job - check!)

6:30-7:30pm – Dinner with friends on a lovely patio. (social – check!)

8pm – Go see live music with friends and meet new people. (job search, networking, and social – CHECK!)

11pm – Bed.  Because my mom always told me “nothing good happens after midnight.”  (life lesson – check!)

Yes - you will accomplish all of it when faced with someone moving your stuff out of your house for you or when your teacher hands out your very last Scantron.  Everything will get done and this time will pass.  You will have done your best and that is all you can do.  Enjoy every second and appreciate the adventure.

And as always – your Curb College staff is here to support you!  Let us know if you need anything.

Happy Easter!

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3 Questions Answered Series: Part III

Throughout the month of April, CEMB Internship Coordinator, Jamie Stamey, will respond to three questions submitted by students embarking on their internship journey.  If you have any questions you would like to see answered, feel free to email Jamie at jamie.stamey@belmont.edu.

Q7: How do you convince someone interviewing you that you'd be the best for the job when you have no experience to back it up?

A7: You may not have specific experience in the entertainment industry yet, but I guarantee you 100% that you have transferrable skills that will help you be a successful intern.  And that's what you need to show your interviewer.  Talk about the things you are good at.  Think of some specific examples that illustrate your abilities (class projects, experiences from part-time jobs, etc.)  The purpose of interning is to get the experience, but don't forget your involvement in student activities and volunteer work are relevant.  In my opinion, one of the biggest things internship sponsors are looking for in interns is a personality that will mesh with their company and an attitude that shows you're willing to go the extra mile.  They can teach you some of the specific skills you'll need to perform.

Q8: Where do we go as students once we lock in an internship?

A8: The first step for Curb College students is to register for the internship course (AET, EIS, MBU or SNG 3000.)  If you have troubles registering or have any questions, you can reach out to the Internship Coordinator, Jamie.Stamey@belmont.edu. The course syllabus and initial information is typically emailed out to students about a week prior to the beginning of the new semester.

Q9: What is the time range/best time to apply for an internship?

A9: Every company creates their own timeline, so do your research on their website or on CareerConnector to see if they have some specific dates posted.  The timing of the Internship Fair is always a good signal that companies are ready to receive apps.  Otherwise, here is what I usually recommend:

  • Summer and Fall Internships: start applying around mid-March
  • Spring Internships: start applying around mid-October

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Ryman Hospitality on campus tomorrow and Wednesday!

Looking for a fun summer or yearlong job opportunity? The Grand Ole Opry & Ryman Auditorium are looking to make offers for a number of part-time positions. Interested candidates should apply online at www.rymanhp.com/careers and plan to attend the job fair being held at the Grand Ole Opry (100 Opry Mills Nashville, TN 37214) on Thursday, April 24th from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. CST. Seth Neumann, an HR representative from Ryman Hospitality Properties, will be on-campus on Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 16th from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. in the Massey Lobby to discuss the job fair and answer any questions.


Interview questions and how to tackle them! Part 1.

1.  Tell me about a time that you planned an event or a project from start to finish.

The key to this question is giving results!  Be prepared with a specific time you organized something – an event, project, marketing plan, etc. How many people were involved?  Did you manage anyone?  How many details were involved and how did you manage the details?  Tell them what you accomplished – what did you learn?  How did the event or the project turn out?

2.  What excites you about this position and what do you see as a challenge?

Honestly ask yourself why you are sitting there?  Can you visualize yourself in this role?  If not – you shouldn’t have applied.  They want to know that you understand this position specifically.  So don’t be afraid to highlight the mission of the department BUT also highlight some of the specific qualifications for this position…not your boss’s.  They want to know that you want this role and that you are going to be a positive addition to the team.  What is going to be a challenge?  This question is asked to see if you can be vulnerable to your limitations.  Are you self aware enough to see that there might be a learning curve.

3.  How would you describe yourself?

This is tough because anyone interviewing for an entry-level position feels awkward boasting about himself or herself, but they want to hear how self-aware you are and how you see yourself.   Think about the time you took StrengthsFinder and what surprised you – what did you learn from those results?  Were they accurate?  What role do you play on a team?  Are you the relationship person on a team – are you the logistics implementer?  Or are you the strategic thinker?  The company also wants to know that you will fit in well with the team and complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

 And that reminds me…you should know your strengths and weaknesses.  They will ask a version of that question, so be prepared.

Interviewing isn’t easy. It takes practice and a lot of research.

Speaking of practice – we are here to help and you can always utilize InterviewStream on the Career Services website for additional assistance.

Let us know if we can help!  Stay tuned…more interview questions to come.


Here for the summer? Don’t forget about Musician’s Corner!

They need volunteers and interns for the summer!  What a great way to be involved in the community every weekend and to meet some great industry contacts!

See this previous post for contact info.



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Q Nashville – Volunteers Needed!

Q Nashville is an event that convenes over 1,000 proven cultural leaders for conversation, reflection and action that renews culture. This one of a kind experience will challenge, frustrate and push us all toward greater debate and better solutions. Fast paced, challenging and committed to our collective growth – Q Nashville is a joint experience in working together for the common good.

 The event will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, April 23rd and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th - however, we will also need volunteer help with setup on Tuesday, April 22nd. The programming includes speakers such as Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean of Nashville, Jeremy Cowart (Photographer), David Crowder (Musician), Donald Miller (author), Gary Haugen (International Justice Mission) among many others. You can learn more about the mission, event, and list of speakers at http://qnashville.qideas.org

 Q Nashville is highly dependent on a group of volunteers who are most interested in serving alongside the Q team in order to make the gathering a reality. Food will be provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re able to sit in on portions of the event throughout volunteering. If volunteering at Q Nashville interests you, please fill out this short informational questionnaire and a teammate will contact you pronto! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QVolunteer



Rustic Records needs 75-100 volunteers for a live video shoot!

Rustic Records needs 75-100 volunteers for a live video shoot this coming Friday (April 11th) from 1:00 - 5:00pm at The Rutledge.

Single song live video shoot.
Rustic Records, Inc. new artist and Belmont graduate.
Rachael Turner sings "Meet Me In The Middle"
Friday April 11th from 1:00 - 5:00
The Rutledge - 410 4th Ave South
Check her out on their website  - www.rusticrecordsinc.com


RSVP to Nell Scheider if you are able to attend - JSchneiderAssoc@aol.com


3 Questions Answered Series: Part II

Throughout the month of April, CEMB Internship Coordinator, Jamie Stamey, will respond to three questions submitted by students embarking on their internship journey.  If you have any questions you would like to see answered, feel free to email Jamie at jamie.stamey@belmont.edu.

Q4: What is the best way to find [an internship] that fits you the best?  Sometimes the descriptions are very short and it is hard to tell what they're like.

A4: Going back to last week's question, RESEARCH is key here.  You can learn a lot about a company online and by talking to previous interns.  However, your biggest opportunity comes in the interview itself.  Be prepared to ask some questions that will help you get a feel for the company culture, your day-to-day tasks, long term projects, etc.  If they haven't figured some of that out already, then they probably aren't going to provide you a very structured internship.  You might be okay with that, but at least you'll know it going into your first day.

Q5: Is it a good idea to still intern at other companies while working part-time for another company on Music Row?

A5: This can be a tricky situation.  The important thing here is communication.  Speak with both of the employers to make sure they are okay with it.  You don't want to run into issues due to competition and confidentiality.  Also, keep in mind that you are a STUDENT!  The professional experience is important, but you also need to have enough time to dedicate to your academic work and even some extracurricular activities.  And remember, you are supposed to have a little fun in college, so don't overcommit yourself!

Q6: I've heard that there is a certain negative stigma with the local music scene surrounding Belmont students (for example, an assumption that we are all cocky and hard to work with).  Is there any truth to this?

A6: Unfortunately, not every intern represents themselves and the University well.  But the good news is, Belmont is not cranking out a bunch of clones of the same person.  You alone control your reputation.  Yes, there might be some employers that have had bad experiences with our students, but you can prove to them that you are different.  Be humble.  Be grateful.  Have realistic expectations.  Be willing to do the boring and mundane before they will trust you with the important and exciting.  And remember this, you have an extensive network of Belmont alumni in this industry, both locally and nationally, that recognize the value of your degree at Belmont University.