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Humans of Girls Behind the Rock Show – Part 3

Welcome to our three-part “Humans of Girls Behind the Rock Show” series. We’re featuring eight humans who opened up to us about their inspirations, what Girls Behind the Rock Show means to them, and what they would tell their younger selves. Enjoy learning more about those in our community!

Cassandra Turner-Goldsmith

Cassandra Turner-Goldsmith
Cassandra Turner-Goldsmith – Photo Credit: Samantha Paige Bass

Who/what inspires you to be who you are in the industry?
The very first to inspire me were artists who were, and continue to be, unapologetically themselves. I now find myself surrounded by incredible people on the business side of the music industry who possess the same quality. Those who choose to be kind, honest, and inclusive to others will always be at the top of my list of what keeps me going.

What does having GBTRS in your life mean/do for you?
GBTRS is one of the few music communities I know of that is free of judgment and personal egos – and we all know the industry has PLENTY of that. Among other things, I enjoy watching people’s personal journeys and creating connections I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

What is something you’d have liked to pass on to your younger self?
1. 
Have faith that, with hard work, your dreams will come true eventually. Not everything needs to happen right at this moment. 2. You are just as valid as everyone else. We’re all human, and no one is fundamentally better or more important than you. 3. Being kind and authentic will get you way further than being overly competitive, no matter what everyone else is doing.

Jordan Altergott

Jordan Altergott
Jordan Altergott – Photo Credit; Samantha Paige Bass

Who/what inspires you to be who you are in the industry?
I’m honestly just inspired by all industry professionals who are super genuine and caring. I have a hard time approaching others so when people are warm and inviting it is everything to me. 

What does having GBTRS in your life mean/do for you?
GBTRS has really inspired me to take the leap to pursue opportunities that I am passionate about. Seeing so many girls just killing it in their career has reminded me that I can do anything that I work for.

What is something you’d have liked to pass on to your younger self?
Don’t wait for people to give you permission to follow your passions. The time you spend waiting to start something is time you could’ve been spending to better your craft.

Karen Tran

Karen Tran
Karen Tran – Photo Credit: Samantha Paige Bass

Who/what inspires you to be who you are in the industry?
Music photography has always been a hobby that I’ve enjoyed. Ever since I was old enough to go to concerts on my own, I would bring a little point-and-shoot camera to try to get some photos from the crowd. It’s really satisfying to click the shutter on a moment that you know will be a great shot!

What does having GBTRS in your life mean/do for you?
I joined GBTRS recently and I have already learned so much from my peers! It’s great to read discussions about the music industry, whether it’s about photography or music publications, and any other topic in between — it’s insightful to read about what else goes on in the music industry, even if it doesn’t relate directly to me. Everyone always seems very supportive of each other which is very encouraging, as well.

What is something you’d have liked to pass on to your younger self?
I wish I’d been braver and had more confidence in myself when I was younger. Since I’ve started photographing, I’ve realized that I just need to take more chances and ask for opportunities, rather than wait for them to come to me.