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Valerie Teicher: Whittling Down Career Options

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie explains how her internships have helped her focus her future career…

As both of my internships are nearing their end, there seems to be a little bit of a lull in terms of my work load. I think this is normal, as large projects and commitments would be hard to throw my way knowing that I will be leaving in a couple of weeks. There have been a few days this past week where I have had very little work to do, and a lot of time on my hands. At times this has been discouraging, and it has been hard to stay motivated, especially knowing that in a couple of weeks I will no longer be here, and job prospects are not likely. However, I have really enjoyed my time at both of these places and am excited for the next chapter ahead, so I suppose my motivation may be shifting from these particular internships, and more towards the unknown future ahead—I guess that must be normal as well!

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Valerie Teicher: Demonstrating Your Value

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us about the importance of demonstrating your value both inside and outside the classroom…

As my time at both BMG Chrysalis and The Windish Agency is nearing its last month, I am keen to see how the experiences turn out, and what next step they will lead me toward. Although as mentioned in my previous entry, I am not counting on a job offer at either of these places come May, I am certain that I will come out with experience and contacts that will guide me in a good path.

What I have found the most valuable being in a city like New York and interning at companies like these is that there is opportunity all around you. This is not to say that there are necessarily job openings or a career waiting for you to take it, but in the same way that there is always something going on in the New York City, there is always something to be a part of on a deeper level. I have stumbled into a variety of very rewarding opportunities in the creative sense just by being here and being surrounded by like-minded people, and I know that when a real career opportunity comes by, it will be due to these, rather than necessarily a resume, or a GPA.

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Valerie Teicher: Kicking Back and Thinking Ahead…

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us about a welcome opportunity to get to know her coworkers better and insights into her future career…

This past week was particularly interesting at BMG Chrysalis in terms of office dynamics. Since moving into a new office at the beginning of the year, it seems that the employees have taken it upon themselves to plan out a variety of activities and office-wide events to bring everyone together and build a fun sense of community at work.

We had the first ever office-wide open mic, at which various coworkers performed and showed off their many musical talents. It was great seeing how so many of the people I am surrounded by on a daily basis are all musicians as well, and getting a chance to watch them in their element outside of the work context was really interesting. It was especially exciting because I was able to perform a couple of songs, teaming up with a coworker who has become a good friend. We played a cover and an original song of mine, and it was great having a chance to share that part of myself with those at work, and getting positive and supportive feedback from them. Overall, this activity really allowed me to get closer with my coworkers—I was able to develop a musical relationship with my coworker who learned my original song and accompanied me on guitar, as well as getting to know those who performed better through their own creative expression. I can see on a deeper level how activities like this in the workplace really help to boost morale and strengthen relationships within the work dynamic, while maintaining a fun and energetic atmosphere.

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Valerie Teicher: Charting a Career Path with Berklee Skills

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us how her Berklee skills have come in handy in her professional work environments, as well as the challenge of charting a career path with her internship experience.

Throughout the past few weeks at my internships, I have been observing office dynamics and the work environment in order to gain a better understanding of how the music industry operates on a day-to-day basis. Both of the work environments I have been exposed to are very fast-paced and dynamic, yet I was surprised to see how casual and open the attitude is at both. Relationships between colleagues are very relaxed and personal, and I have come to realize that part of the reason why the industry can move so fast and fluidly is because the relationships between people move it forward. The straight-forward, informal approach to getting things done allows for a quickly adapting environment, and the casual nature of the people keep work light and highly motivated. I have come to realize that in this sense, this balance is crucial. 

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Valerie Teicher: The Right Search Strategy

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us how she approached her internship search with tips for first-time interns…

My internship search this past semester was a learning experience. It was quite a long process, but in the end I achieved the internships I wanted from the start, and learned a lot throughout. I came to the OEL with a few internship possibilities in mind—I wanted to intern at The Windish Agency, but was also interested in an internship at BMG Chrysalis that I had previously had to pass up last summer due to personal circumstances. I was open to other opportunities as well, and overall I applied to about ten different internships in New York City. I had about six interviews, and I was offered all of the internships I interviewed for! This allowed me to choose what felt like the best fit for me, and gave me flexibility. I ended up choosing to do two internships, at both The Windish Agency and BMG Chrysalis.

If I were to give summer-bound students advice on the internship search, I would tell them to stay open to all opportunities, and not close themselves off to only a few options. It is important to have focus on what you want to achieve internships-wise, but also important to not put all of your eggs in one basket, and the opportunity to interview and interact with a variety of companies is invaluable. I found that each interview allowed me to prepare better for the next. I would also say that choosing one or two cities to target would be a good idea, because different cities offer very different environment and opportunities. I think having in mind the kind of environment you want to live in and can afford to live in is a very good starting point. For me, deciding from early on that I definitely wanted to be in New York allowed me to target my search in a smarter and more practical way. Nevertheless, I stayed open to opportunities in Los Angeles, and did a couple of interviews just in case. This allowed me to get a feel for the different vibes in both the New York and LA music industry setting.

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