The Final Semester
By Kelsey Hession
When I was looking at colleges, I had originally intended on going to a school in California. However, I knew I wanted to work in the music industry and happened to stumble upon the Bandier program, which although was located in the snowiest city in America, would allow me to not only be a part of an amazing music industry program, but spend a semester in London and Los Angeles. Thus, I spent the majority of my college experience filled with excitement about eventually spending my senior year in sunny Los Angeles and hoping to stay and work there after, as I will be graduating early.
When the time finally came to take part in the SULA semester, I was beyond excited. I could not wait to spend some time in the sun and delve into the LA music industry. I was even more ecstatic because I accepted an internship with a major music management company. The internship started off a little rocky with most of my daily tasks involving getting lunch and coffee and ultimately reaching a point where I spent an entire week building Legos for children of an employee. However, that experience ended up being one of the better parts of my experience because it forced myself and the other intern to sit down with our bosses and address the fact that we would like to be getting more out of our internship. Luckily, they were receptive and started scheduling times for us to shadow all of the managers and tour marketing department. This ended up being the best learning experience and lead to me realizing that artist management is a field I would be happy to have a career in. This was the first internship where I felt this way and, as a senior, was helpful to figure out where to focus my job search. I might not want to end up living in Los Angeles, but it has been a great way to be able to figure that out.