Posts Tagged ‘Machine Shop Marketing’

Wonderland… also known as the mystical world of Los Angeles. I recently applied for the chance of being Van’s Warped Tour 2011 Pit Reporter, which got me thinking…I haven’t updated my blog since I (my mom)  moved my butt across country. The Pit Reporter snippet has nothing to do with this post. Actually, it may I don’t know I haven’t finished writing this yet. Who’s to say where I will end up taking you in this short (hopefully) but sweet update.  As you know (for my whole 5 readers) I moved to the magical city of Los Angeles to start an internship at Machine Shop Marketing. Since then, I have been hired (meaning I’m actually making some sort of tangible income) on as an extension of my internship. It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve attended events I never ever dreamed of attending, such as Linkin Park’s VMA performance.

This was my view on top of the Griffith Observatory. Anyways, I’m not sure where Linkin Park's VMA Perfomance

I’m trying to go with this. I’ve done a lot of soul searching and discovering (Yeah, that’s right.. I’m going there). I revisited a lot of music that got me interested in a career in the music industry.

During college, I became very disconnected with music. In high school, I was always the person who was discovering new bands, going to shows, talking to people about music. Then, college comes and everything shifts. All I can think about is test this, homework that, no parental supervision there, BEER. I digress.

The point is, is that I’ve had a lot of time by myself. No, you can’t say aw :0( It’s been very therapeutic. I’ve regained my appreciation for the artists that I loved and still love. I had forgotten how music can pull out all your emotions and make you feel vulnerable. I’ve discovered new artists. I’ve observed interactions via Twitter, between users that would never cross paths but are now supporting each other BECAUSE of music. (Isn’t that right @IndieBeanie?)

Music brings people together. Whether you like it or not. I know I’ve been critical of certain music festivals (including one that I recently applied to for a position) in the past. It doesn’t erase the fact that these festivals and tours have 1 thing in common. They bring the music community together. A lot of these festivals/tours people wait all year for. The day they attend said festival, the following day they are excited and awaiting for the next years. I mean geez, the day after SXSW ended there was talk about 2011. It’s not a secret that it takes a lot of planning, man power, sweat, tears, beer, smiles, high fives, and ass slaps to put these festivals/tours together. It’s all for us…for our enjoyment. They want US (the music community, the consumers, the tastemakers, the non profits..you get it right?) to have 1 day or 4 days of pure enjoyment. Screw that proposal you have going out Monday morning, Eff that massive summer school test (it’s called summer school for a reason, it’s easy)that you haven’t studied for, take 1 day (or 4) to immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists. Discover new artists, meet new people, learn something new… Probs never thought a music festival could do so much huh? Anyways- don’t forget the artists and bands that got you into the type of music you like now.

Don’t forget the Green Day’s or the Good Charlotte’s (DON’T YOU LIE TO ME OR YOURSELF, YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU LISTENED AND LIKED THEIR SELF-TITLED ALBUM, EVEN IF YOU WON”T ADMIT IT.) They introduced you to the “scene” in which you are now a master of or not…(if you are a hipster you liked them before they were popular, or the band is too obscure I wouldn’t even know who they are) I couldn’t help myself :0)

This post wasn’t planned out (CLEARLY). However, I leave you with this…

ThiiiiiiiiIIIIIIiiiiings....I know, you know...

If any one has been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve been talking a lot about a move to Los Angeles. Well, it’s true. On May 28th I will say “goodbye” to Virginia and say “Hello” to California. I’ve gotten an amazing opportunity to intern with a company by the name of Machine Shop Marketing. It is a boutique marketing agency in Beverly Hills, their clients range from MTV to Hollywood Records. This is such an amazing opportunity and I am so excited.

It’s very scary for me, sitting in my apartment in Richmond, VA where I’ve been for the last 5 years, thinking about living over 3,000 miles away from my friends and family. I look around at my friends and I wonder how many people will keep in touch with me when I move or who will be the first to visit, if any of them. I wish them all the best of luck with what they chose to do. I know that I would not be able to live in Richmond after graduating. I am the type of person that loves change, welcomes change, and by god NEEDS it.

My roommate and I, 1st weekend at VCU

The last 5 years of school have been a roller coaster. At 17 years old (yes 17 years old) I arrived at VCU fresh- faced and full of ambition. I had no expectations and no plans, all I knew was this was a new chapter of my life and I couldn’t wait to get started. By the end of my 4th year I was ready get. out. Oh my, was I ready to leave. Leave and do what? Psh, who new. I wanted to travel, move to NYC, LA, Australia, or Canada, I needed to do something.

Luckily, in February a lot of people that I follow on Twitter, kept “retweeting” a link to an entertainment internship. I was like “What the hell is this, why is it everywhere?!” I clicked on it, read it and decided I had absolutely nothing to lose, so I was going to apply for it. It just so happens that I was going out to visit my Aunt in Dana Point, CA during the month of March so I offered my time if they wanted to meet with me. Sure enough about 2 weeks later I get an e-mail back saying they would love to meet with me. I was ecstatic to say the least.

Image from Absolutepunk.net

I walked in to what I thought was the coolest looking office. There was a huge mural on the left hand side and multiple music magazines next to brightly colored chairs. The guy behind the reception desk was very nice and he started playing The Starting Line “Say It Like You Mean It”. For some reason, hearing this CD put all my nerves at ease. I thought, “I can do this. They listen to great music.” I made a comment on how I hadn’t heard that CD in forever. (Which was a complete lie, I definitely listened to it on the plane ride out :ox ) ANYWAYS, I thought the interview went great. I was completely honest (and super sweaty. Note to self: sweaters don’t belong in Los Angeles).

I thought I gave it my all. One thing that stuck out in my mind was I answered a question starting with the word “Cuz”. CUZ!?!??!! I don’t even use that word in text messaging let alone when I speak. Yes, it still bothers me and YES, I still think about it. Machine Shop Marketing, if you happen to come across this blog entry, I don’t normally use “cuz” when I speak or type FYI.

Now that I’ve gotten completely off topic…I am so excited for the day I move out to LA and I get to show everyone what I am capable of. I have a lot of people in my life doubt my abilities. I am a strong woman with an even stronger ambition for success. I look forward to the last month here in Richmond, and the next 3 months in LA. Since I won’t have any friends out there….yet….I plan on going to a lot of shows and such to pass the time. So expect constant updating. I know I’ve been slacking…blame it on school…or work…or my cat…

Just blame it on him..he scares me when he stares at me like that…