Confessions of a Music Junkie
I had to write a blog post for my Business Communications class a few weeks ago, and I feel like I should post it on an actual blog. So without further a do:
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to my dad play his music throughout the whole house on Saturday mornings, and it was the best feeling to wake up to. I also started dance classes when I was three years old. As most of you may know, music is a huge part of dance. Without it, the dancer’s movements would have no passion or fluidity or emotion. So when I say that music has always been a part of my life, I really mean that it’s always been a part of me, in my thoughts, words, and movement.
In high school I became what my friends called “the TV junkie.” I had my shows that I watched every week religiously, but what my friends didn’t understand was that it wasn’t just the show I was watching, it was the music I was listening to. I loved how the songs matched the mood of a particular scene or even the entire show in general. These songs were saying things the characters couldn’t and showing the audience the emotions they were either too afraid to express or heightened everything they were saying. Then, later, I found that whenever I heard that particular song again, it would take me back to that moment and make me feel the way I did when I first heard it. Television and films are where I found the majority music on my iPod, and they introduced me to so many new artists and genres I had never heard before. It was from this childhood and adolescent experience, that I decided to dedicate my life and career to the music and film industry, specifically music supervision.
After spending a year at the Columbia College Chicago for Music Business, I realized that it wasn’t the place for me. As much as I loved Chicago and the big city, the school’s program just wasn’t going to get me where I wanted to go. There wasn’t anyone at the school who really cared about the students and their success. So, begrudgingly, I moved back home to Big Rapids to attend Ferris State University for Music Industry Management, and when I got there, every doubt and worry that I had made the wrong decision by moving back quickly vanished. In one semester of my program, I learned more about the music business than I had in a year in Chicago. My advisors, Dan and Lori, actually cared that I was there and were willing to do everything they could to ensure I succeeded as long as I was willing to put in the hard work. I joined the Music Industry Management Association (MIMA), and it’s here that I’ve made countless friends, participated in invaluable industry experiences, and built the skills I will need to make it out there in the “real world” at my future “big girl job,” as my friends like to call it.
It is because of these people and experiences that I am now a senior in the program with an incredible summer internship under my belt. It still blows my mind that I will be graduating in May with a Bachelor’s of Business in Music Industry Management and a minor in Film Studies. Music supervision is an incredibly difficult field to get into, and New York City is a city that could very well eat me alive. But from everything I’ve learned and the overwhelming support I have found in MIM/MIMA, I know that even though my goal will be difficult to reach, I can do it as long as I set my mind to it (and have a steady stream of caffeine to ease my Starbucks addiction). Music saved me in more ways than one. So, if I can help just one person find solitude in music the way that I did, everything I have worked so hard at will be worth it.