If you want to work in the music industry, unless you’re born into a sweet deal, you’ll need to work your way up from the bottom. It won’t always be easy, but the end result can be pretty awesome. Here is how to be a great music industry intern.
You need to be known as a “fly on the wall.” You need so silently see and hear everything that you possibly can, especially when people think no one is really paying attention. Not only are you getting to learn more information, but you get the chance to see how people interact with each other in the professional setting of the industry.
Book smart doesn’t always play in your favor in this business. Common sense might get you a lot farther than any text book. People won’t hold your hand and walk you through everything here. They are going to expect you to jump right in and figure out your basic tasks.
You need to let the music industry people know that they can trust you with any assignment that you get. Don’t blow smoke up anyone’s ass. If you are going to say that you are going to get something done, you better bet your bottom dollar that you keep weight in those words. In this shady industry, people want to know your word means something. If they can’t trust you, they will toss you.
You need to have a willing attitude. Sure, you may not want to be the one that works on the lame assignments or gets the singer a water bottle every second because it gets above room temp, but do those thing and do them with a smile. People will see your ambition and you’ll stand out. The more they see you, the more you will stick out in their minds when they are ready to hire or promote you to a different level.
One of the best things that you can do is develop relationships with everyone that walks in the door. Again, you never know who is who and who knows who. Put yourself out there. Network with these people. Obviously, you are working, so all needs to be professional and you should never push your band or personal agenda on any of these people. Just simply, shake hands, get contact names and numbers. You’ll be glad to have all of this information as you grow.