OMG Fam, I got the sweetest email from a 17 year old girl tryna figure out WTF to do with her life and I decided to respond on blast because perhaps what I have to say to her is relevant to you. Or maybe not. And if it’s not, fuck you I guess. Anyway, this is from Sophie.
Hey dere molly!
My name is Sophie and I am a senior in high school. As I am trying to prepare for zee rest of my life, I am a bit, how do you say, stressed. My love for the electronic music industry has lead me to want to pursue a career in the music business field, but relatives and friends all tell me it is a bad idea/won’t make you any money. I was reading your post about Fawks and the ending lead me to this email… I would love to hear any advice you have about the music world and what you would go back and do as a senior in high school because I have never actually spoken to people involved (-: thanks so much for your time gurlfran!!
First off, you did the best thing you can possibly do which is to talk about your dreams and going so far as to ask someone who’s perspective resonates with you. That’s a bold move and fortune favors the bold. Making a kick-ass living in the arts and entertainment industry job isn’t something everyone can do because it’s a long, uphill road. However, if you’re really want to do it and you’re tough and humble and so in love with music that there’s nothing else you can do that will truly make you happy then yea, you should move to LA and get in the game.
I’ve done every job you can possibly imagine while chasing the dream of what I like to call PLURmanent vacation, which is my terminology for working in the dance sector of the music industry comfortably for the rest of my life. I made sandwiches, valeted cars, waited tables, went to law school and sold my blood (literally) while interning at various artist management companies so I could learn about the business. That probably won’t all be necessary for you, but everyone has their own introductory education track and you should be prepared to work 2 jobs for awhile.
Even if you move out here, try it out, decide you don’t like what you’re doing and wind up doing something completely different, that’s ok too! You’ll still learn so much and if you have a great attitude, you’ll have a great adventure. Mr. Fawks reminded me that amidst all the ego and superficiality you encounter here, there are plenty of creative, passionate people just like you – we just need to remind each other why we’re here. If you love music as much as we do, you won’t be able to stop yourself from giving it a shot. If it feels right, buy the ticket and take the ride <3.