Blog Post 2
As an aspiring musician, I remember lunging at the opportunity of working with an event-planning group in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the inner workings of the music industry. More specifically, I was most curious as to how artists were being judged by the people who may or may not pay them a large sum of money. Additionally, I was fascinated by the qualities promotion companies look for in prospective artists as well as the “red flags” that they considered possible liabilities for an event’s success. Four months later, I feel as though I have a better understanding than ever of what it takes for artists as well as promotion companies to thrive. My time at Campus Night Out has also provided me with memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Because of my involvement with them, I stood side by side with some of the people I grew up idolizing. Sadly, I also realized that many of those artists were not as “cool” as I once thought they were. I witnessed first-hand how an artist’s greed or laziness can cost them in more ways than one while also observing how successful events can be with the help of an artist’s cooperation. As a result of my internship experience, I came to the realization that being a successful musician was not the only way an individual can thrive in and contribute to the music industry. I walk away from my experience relieved that having a career in music does not always depend on making a platinum selling record and that there are countless other avenues I could pursue in order to gain access into the industry. I’ll be forever grateful for my experience with Campus Night Out. It will always amaze me how a simple concept like “hosting an event” is truly anything but simple. Never again will I take for granted the intricacies that go behind the social events that I often attend. Hopefully, I’ll continue my work with Campus Night Out and eventually be the one responsible for bringing the city’s favorite artists to town.