Theresa Teague’s music career journey is all about grit and hard work finding luck and opportunity. Theresa has always had a passion for music, from dance lessons to following the local live music scene in Atlanta, all the way to the historic Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where Theresa would use her day job vacation time to volunteer at the festival each summer. She eventually got a paid position at Montreux, which exposed her to music artists from around the world and led her to further work in world artist concert tour promotion and more. During this music careers episode, Theresa discusses how her IT programming degree and corporate day jobs allowed her to support herself financially while following her passion on nights and weekends, paying off debt and giving herself a solid financial base, keeping her eye on the prize with a lot of hard work and determination until she was finally able to make the leap to a full-time career in independent tour management. Now Theresa has a roster of internationally-renowned music artists, as well as collaborating with Center Stage, the US State Department’s Cultural Exchange program for world music.
Growing up, Ella Gregg was that kid in the school yard that always had the best new music, the one who discovered the emerging artists that no one had ever heard of…yet. She followed her passion for new music discovery into managing a band at 18, a community manager on an artist community platform, then co-founding her business 321 Artists, an artist management and development company out of the UK. During this music careers episode, Ella explains how her passion for new music and emerging artists was contagious, quickly attracting a community of like-minded fans and artists, and how her experience with music trends and industry exposure taught her how to manage artists and how to seek out the best opportunities. Ella also shares what it’s like to start a music business at such a young age, and what the future may hold for music in the UK and beyond.
Jeff Lanier, like many of our guests, is a talented musician as well as a producer and engineer, which is exactly the type of guy you want working in the music business. Jeff has seen both sides: the artist side and the label side, the performing side and the recording engineer side, the fan side and the event promoter side. During this music career episode, Jeff walks us through his college experience at Drexel University, working as a consultant at Roadrunner Records, providing career counseling to recent recording engineer grads at SAE Institute, and other music industry careers before joining Chesky Records, a Grammy-award winning independent audiophile label. Jeff shares about using his experience and networking acumen to discover new music, actively contribute to a music business’s success, and to always leave a lasting impression.
Dawn Jones had a burgeoning career as a talented violinist, songwriter, session player and performer, and was convinced she was destined for Nashville to pursue a country music career. However, she felt called to go a different direction, one that meant starting her own business from scratch and supporting other artists with her music PR firm, PRESSED PR. During this music careers episode, Dawn chats about her roots in country music, getting a music business degree at Fort Lewis College, and her first steps as young music biz entrepreneur. Dawn also discusses the vital importance of stories in music, how to make a lasting impression, the best way to leverage music PR, and more.
Rosie Howe is a talented musician (drums is her specialty,) a lover of movie soundtracks, a successful entrepreneur and founder of StraightUp Music Supervision, a boutique licensing firm providing music licensing and supervision services. During this episode of “Hey, How’d You Get That Music Job???”, Rosie walks us through her college and internship experiences in Chicago and how it shaped her passion for music, and then deciding to make the move to Los Angeles to pursue music supervision opportunities. She shares how her sales and marketing experience propelled her to start her own business, shares advice on how to navigate the entertainment industry, how to discover your confidence and vision, and what it takes to be a successful music biz entrepreneur.
Suzanne “Suz” Paulinski is the founder of The Rock/Star Advocate, a music business coaching consultancy who takes a specialized approach to her work. She calls herself a “mindset coach,” who helps her clients achieve a better work/life balance and to find clarity around their goals. With the endless, 24-7-365 onslaught of social media and other demands required of the indie artist/musicpreneur in the new music landscape, this type of coaching, support, and focus on mental health are quickly becoming essential tools required to survive (and thrive). On this music careers episode, Suz walks us through her career trajectory, becoming one of the first graduates of Drexel University’s music business program, then working at record labels, to pivoting into counseling and mental health. Suz shares her unique journey of discovery and developing her advocacy, aimed towards anyone who is a creative and wants to succeed and thrive, in mind, body and spirit.
Joshua W. Turner is the epitome of a hard-working, dedicated musician. After discovering his passion for music at 15, he got accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After two years of study he made the jump to the west coast and Musicians Institute, catching the eye of prominent industry types and eventually being offered a multi-year contract. However, Joshua chose to go in another direction, one that allows him to maintain his creative independence and instead invest his talent in the new music industry landscape with sync licensing, teaching online courses and more. Hear all about his inspiring and empowering music career journey and how he’s able to support himself and his family while staying open to new and exciting opportunities.
Devan Joseph, Head of Video at Genius, is documenting today’s rap and hip hop music creation and backstory in real time with their wildly popular, behind-the-music video series, “Verified.” Both an artist and filmmaker himself (part of the duo Maurice), Devan shares his music career trajectory as he walks us through his early inspirations and muses, how he was able to hone his chops doing video content and developing a digital media platform for Business Insider, how he found the perfect internship, and more.
Cris Velasco knows a thing or two about grit. He spent 7 years working day jobs (from retail to telemarketing!) until his big break into the gaming world. Now Cris has a worldwide passionate fan base and is one of the most sought-after, award-winning composers in the business, including his latest work on Fortnite, Resident Evil, Assassin’s Creed and many more. Cris also has written for TV, film and VR, the next innovative platform. During this insightful music careers episode, Cris walks us through his journey, from UCLA to crappy day jobs to his wildly successful video game soundtracks, how to write for an immersive, non-linear experience, how to get started in the business and to never, ever give up.
John DelVento truly understands the meaning of hard work. His passion and commitment started with 2 hour practices on the euphonium as a child, and he continued that drive to write music for advertising campaigns, video games, award-winning films, popular tv shows, documentaries and more. During this music careers episode, John walks us through his career trajectory and what it takes to be a successful composer, which is really all about being a music entrepreneur, and to practice your craft at every available opportunity. (As proof, John, is still a sought-after euphoniumist, playing venues like Carnegie Hall and other high-profile performances.) John also shares invaluable tips and insight, like how to pitch your music, how (and when) to start your own business, how to find opportunities, what pitfalls to avoid, how to market yourself, and more.