And that my friends, is how it all began.
At 21 years old, after obtaining a journalism degree from college, I packed my bags and moved to NYC to begin my exciting career at Rolling Stone.
“Wow, I made it!” I thought as I looked at that building on Avenue of the Americas. I got my badge and entered the doors that would shape the start of my exciting career in music.
I spent many years writing articles, reviews, and even got my own column as my years in journalism evolved. I wrote about what I liked, what I didn’t like. I got to go to many press junkets, premiers, hung out with several rock bands backstage after shows. It was THE PERFECT life…..and then….
September 11, 2001
Just a couple weeks after this horrible date a bunch of us got laid off, they’re making cuts because of this and that….yeah yeah…OK. Sure. I remember being the 7th person walking into that HR office and one of the last ones to come out with a box so that I could pack my personal belongings.
That’s cool, there’s always California, I thought. That’s where the music is anyway. And just like that, a new life began.
Working your way up at one (or two) of the biggest talent agencies in the world is no easy task. You start from the bottom. There are days that you love what you do. There are others that you just lock yourself and cry in the bathroom and think your life is over.
Little did I know, the 9 years I spent working here were the best years of my life, the ones that shaped me and molded me into the person I am today.
19 years have passed. I have been working in the music industry for 19 years now. NINETEEN. In today’s age, that’s a record. Especially for an industry that is barely holding on.
I still write quite a bit actually. I am as opinionated as can be. I am sarcastic. And I still manage to get the last word (ask my husband), so I guess that means I am still a journalist at heart. However, my true passion is TOURING. I love to find new bands, I love to give them advice on how to make it into the business, what it takes.
I have been on both sides. Most of my friends are musicians (shocker), but I have worked nonstop on the other side of the business with some of the most influential people in music. The agents, the publicists, the record labels, the agents, the promoters…..every single one of them.
Working as a booking agent is what I do best, but for me, it goes beyond just booking a show.
I love to start something and see it flourish. I love to see a band coming together, do their first show, help them polish their skills, their prescence ,and their branding and see them succeed.
I have worked with a local band that had a little-no following and pushed them ahead in their careers. I have put them in front of opportunities, record labels, TV reps, and some of the biggest tours in their careers because routing a local or national tour is what I love to do the most.
This is a team. You and I. Are you ready to conquer the world together?