Hoping to land a career in music synchronization and publishing, I realize that there are two places I need to be – New York and LA. That is why I set my sights early on to having internships in both cities. I spent my summers interning in New York City and the LA Semester has given me the chance to test out the west coast. Coming from Chicago and having been immersed in NYC for several summers, LA was definitely a culture shock. That aside, my experience in LA has been enlightening, educational, and enriching,
Of course, certain experiences stand out. As a Bandier Program student, I have heard and met many music industry professionals. Not many of them, though, are involved in music publishing. Here in LA, I attended the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, focusing on music in film and television with speakers and attendees that included music supervisors and publishers, composers, directors, producers, and others in the field. Listening to such notable people as Randy Newman, T. Bone Burnett, David O. Russell, and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who placed music on shows such as “Mad Men,” “Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.,” was among the highlights of my time here.
But, it has not been all work. One of the perks of my internship has been the opportunity to see some great bands at some of LA’s great venues. Perhaps the best of these were the night Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros transformed the LA State Historic Park into a giant Circus complete with a carnival, side show attractions, and a spot-on fortune teller and the night Flaming Lips and Tame Impala transformed the Greek Theatre into a psychedelic indie music fest. While I have seen these bands before, the sensory atmosphere with the LA backdrop made the shows magical.
Now, as I approach the end of my college years in just a few more weeks, I have to say that my time in LA this semester has been an eye-opening and rewarding transition between school and the “real” world. Most of all, it gave me the ability to understand what both New York and LA have to offer, enabling me to make an informed choice between the two.