What or what skills (that you learned at MI) helped you the most to get this position?
I think that the networking skills, visual media literacy and general knowledge of the music industry that I acquired from MI helped me the most in my application for THIS position.
What was the process you went through to get the first internship?
I joined the internship program in the middle of the year for the last two quarters and from then on Carolann (mota, internship coordinator) sent my resume to Hopeless Records and I was lucky enough to be selected for an interview. I really don’t think I would have gotten the internship without Carolann pleading on my behalf.
What are your further aspirations in the world of music?
I have many aspirations for my career. I want to become an artist, songwriter and creative director in the long term. I want to continue working on my own music and playing more shows in 2020, while I want to build my career on the business side of the industry. I think both sides of my career are really feeding off and helping me grow. I couldn’t feel so passionate about my work if I didn’t have my creative outlet and I wouldn’t be so professional or calculated on my art without my work in the industry.
What can you tell us about Hopeless Records’ Accessibility Internship program?
It is a program designed to give students with disabilities the opportunity to gain work experience and learn more about the music industry.
We believe that all students should have equal access to the opportunities that an internship offers, regardless of their body limitations. We also understand how difficult and overwhelming it can be for a person with a disability to enter the job market, so we want to do everything we can to provide them with this learning experience. This is a question that is very close to our hearts, because our executive vice president of a&R has spina bifida and the president of [Hopeless Records] is visually impaired. We know that there is a shortage of employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and we want to do something about it. This program is designed to prepare students to enter the labor market and have the confidence that they can do anything that excites them.
What tips do you give to current MI students looking for their first concerts in music?
My biggest advice for students who are just starting out would be to say, “Yes!”Say yes to every opportunity, to every inspiration, to every thought that passes. Even if it’s not worth it, or if you can’t, just say yes and find out after.
That’s how I got my most incredible opportunities, my work and my best concerts. The greatest things happen when you least expect it…One of my favorite quotes is “Luck favors being prepared” because even though the music industry is a game of luck, luck means nothing if you are not ready for success.
What projects are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the second single of my band KiNG MALA (which will be released in early 2020), as well as on our next clip, the next shows and planning a summer tour. We recently released our first single “Hurricane”, accompanied by a video clip, and we were so excited about the response, so we want to keep working on creating better music and better content for the future. I’m also working on moving to the promotions department of my company, so I learned this side of the industry that was so fascinating and exciting.