Shelby McCormack

What made you want to intern at places such as venues trees/the bomb factory and Red Light Management? 

I always knew that getting hands on experience was important to me so I looked for internships that would allow me to get that. I’m the type of person that wants to learn from the best in the industry, and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to do so. 

Do you feel management is something you always wanted to go into? 

Management was never really something that I wanted to go into, but having a few friends that are managers I was eager to learn more about it to see if it was a possible career choice for me. This past summer interning in LA for Red Light opened my eyes as to what a manager actually deals with on a daily bases. It also helped me to better understand how a management company works vs an independent manager. 

What do you feel sets you apart as an intern? 

I am always eager to do whatever I can, no matter how big or small the task is, which I’ve noticed some people don’t always like to do. Once I get a task I also make sure to follow through with it as effeciently as possible, even if it means staying longer or taking work home with me. I think that definitely sets me apart. 

Is there a previous internship you felt launched you into this one? 

After my great experience interning at The Bomb Factory/Trees I knew I wanted another internship ASAP so it helped ms decide to intern at Red Light. 

What is the benefit of interning at places like this? 

The benefit is definitely gaining hands on experience, as well as being in an environment with like-minded people who work as hard as you do. You can read all day about things in the music industry, but being in the field learning and talking to those who are actively engaged in the industry is a great opportunity that everyone wanting to work in music (or any other field) should take advantage of. I’ve learned things at both of my internships that I never would’ve learned from a book. You have to put yourself out there and learn from experience. 

Tell us about a time when being a woman in your field has been difficult for you? What effects of sexism have you dealt with and how did you learn to handle it? 

This past summer I was told by a guy in the industry that I wouldn’t amount to anything except a groupie in the industry, which initially made me sad but then it was funny to me because I’ve worked hard to get to where I am. This particular guy practically begged me to help him with music related stuff, and I did a great job, yet apparently I’m not going to amount to anything? It doesn’t when make sense, but then again sexist guys never do. It upsets me the way some guys in the industry see/treat girls. I’ve definitely had a problem with certain guys thinking I just want to work in the industry to hook up or that I’d be “easy” because of it or whatever, but I’ve learned to just brush it off and continue working hard. The satisfaction of knowing I’ve done a great job at something regardless of my gender is always great. Luckily I have a few close guy friends who support me working in the industry and have helped me however they could. So thankful for the guys in the industry that don’t care what gender you are as long as you’re out there kicking ass! 

What is your advice to other young women wanting to get internships like yours? 

My advice would be to set high standards for yourself and to not let anyone tell you that you can’t so something. So many people told me that I wouldn’t be able to get an internship in LA, or that I wouldn’t be able to afford it but I worked hard, saved up, and proved myself. I ended up at one of the best companies in an amazing city. My point is that young women can do anything they set their mind to if they work hard at it! You gotta go for what you want! 

Are there any particular artists you’re working on that has you jazzed? 

I am hoping to be working with some cool artists in the very near future! 

What are your career goals? 

I’m still trying to figure out my career path in the music industry, but I know for sure that I want to work in live music. I would love to tour/go into tour managing for a bit while I am young and then work with festivals later on. I first knew I wanted to work in the industry because of a festival, so being on the production/operations/marketing side would be a dream job.

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