Music has always been my passion. When I was a little girl, I attempted to play guitar, broke my own drum kit and lost way too many clarinet reeds. After a failed attempt of being a musician, I decided if I can’t be Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, I want to be the president of Sub Pop Records.
I planned my entire education around my career as a publicist or record head. While completing my BA in communication studies, I volunteered for music festivals, record labels, radio stations and music award shows. I was a faithful street
teamer trying to get my name out there and relished in the perks of seeing and meeting my favourite artists. After I graduated university, the next step was to take my postgraduate studies in public relations. This is where my dream started to get a little fuzzy.
The entertainment industry is where I wanted to end up my entire life, but I started to figure out how women and how musicians were treated in the industry and it wasn’t something I was particularly fond of. While at school for public relations, I was exposed to other sectors of PR such as consumer, technology, travel and more. I was overwhelmed by the variety of industries I could possibly end up in and asked
myself if music is really what I wanted to do.
I realized that while I love music, it doesn’t mean I have to work in music. You should work in an industry you enjoy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’re passionate in. I knew if I worked in music, my hobby and work would begin to blend together and I may begin to hate it. I know musicians who won’t go to concerts anymore. I know chefs who refuse to cook at home. I know stylists who will only wear a staple black dress. Music has been such an important part of my life that I would not want to jeopardize my relationship with it.
I’m currently applying
to internships for school and while I know music may not be the career choice for me, there are countless of opportunities in public relations and marketing I could end up enjoying just as much as music.
Volunteer. Go on informational interviews. Research. Try something different. Who knows, you may just end up being passionate about it.