6 tips to begin a career in the music industry
10th March 2017
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There are very few industries as exciting as the music industry and beginning a career here can be challenging. It’s hard work and more so now, than ever before, but providing you have the enthusiasm to learn and adapt in an industry which is constantly changing, then opportunities will arise. Niall Green, CEO of Second Screen - a cutting-edge app developer for the creative industries, including music - offers his expert advice for those wishing to start a career within music. 1. Be specific Identify the skills you have and analyse how they could be applied to a job in the music business. The earlier you recognise what role would be most suited for yourself, then the more time you have in building your portfolio and experience to eventually land the job of your dreams. Be versatile in your approach. You don’t have to to be a musician to lead a professional career within music - you could look at the areas of production, design, technology, management and much more. 2. Undertake an internship Securing an internship is a great way to learn the industry and most importantly, for you to discover how passionate you are about the role. There are various internship programmes available, so ensure you are researching relevant companies to find out what’s available. It’s also a fantastic way to demonstrate how hard working you are to a prospective employer and potentially could lead to a permanent role - if not, then as a minimum you would want to achieve a glowing reference. 3. Network This industry is renowned for networking. Ensure you are meeting new people and asking questions - you can never know too many people. It’s often a new friendship which can lead to a new opportunity. Make sure you’re attending all the right events and make an effort to network - following brands, magazines and influencers on social media is a great way to find this information.
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