What made you want to intern at Crush?
Crush has an unbelievable roster and all of their artists do well on the charts. I wanted to work with the team that made that happen, so I sent in my résumé.
Do you feel management is something you always wanted to go into?
When I was little, I had dreams of being a vet. Because… Dogs are angels and deserve all of my time and attention and love. Duh.
In all seriousness- I officially decided I wanted to pursue a career in the music industry in freshman year of highschool, and I haven’t changed my mind since. That was around the time I started going to a lot of concerts, so I think that definitely set off the spark. All aspects of music management interest me, but artist and tour management are, and always have been, my main focuses.
What do you feel sets you apart as an intern?
I know exactly what I want to do with my life, career-wise… most people my age don’t. I’m the youngest one in the office. I know lots and lots of people who didn’t take full advantage of the internships they’ve had and ended up getting nothing out of them. That’s my worst nightmare, but also my biggest motivation- I absolutely refuse to let their case become mine. I’ll do everything and everything I can in order to help those around me and to get the future I want in the industry I’m most passionate about- and I think that shows.
Is there a previous internship you felt launched you into this one?
I interned for Troye Sivan’s tour manager (at the time) last year, Stacy Waronker. She’s family friends with a high school friend of mine, so we got connected through her. After our quick over-the-phone introduction, Stacy took me under her wing and taught me everything she could in the amount of free time she had while on tour with Troye. She wrote me a letter of recommendation for my current internship at Crush and I think that really gave me the extra boost I needed. I learned so much from her and I will forever appreciate what she’s done for me over the past year.
What is the benefit of interning somewhere like Crush?
Having the ability to network with and be surrounded by like-minded people that are willing to help you & want to see you grow is an incredible benefit. Also getting to hear some new/unreleased songs and finding out about tours before they’re announced is definitely not too shabby.
What is your advice to other young women wanting to get killer internships like yours?
Get all of the experience you can- even taking internships at small companies or volunteering at small events count. Everything will add up. Don’t let anyone not take you seriously (I’ve had plenty of people ask me why I “want to be a groupie for a living”). Once you get your internship, be at your office as often as you can be. Take on every task you can, big or small, and ask a lot of questions.
Are there any particular artists you’re working on that has you jazzed?
My favorite Crush artists are Panic! At the Disco and Lorde. God, they’re both so, so good. Their managers are in the NYC office where I’m based so there’s always lots of talk about them in the office, which is awesome.
What are your career goals?
The dream is to become a tour manager, tour until I can’t tour anymore, then go into artist management.
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