11:23 PM on 12/18/12
every moment bleeds into one
I'll play devil's advocate: go for it. I didn't find my time spent interning at a major to be irrelevant, I found it gave me a perspective on what works and what doesn't work about major labels and why. It tested where my loyalties lay and I found out very quickly that it was with the artists and helping them grow, not with the execs and the money. It isn't for everyone - after meeting people on both sides of the industry, I learned very quickly that I had more of the "crew" mentality it takes to be on tour or a stage/set than the "office" mentality - and sometimes I found myself wishing that I had chosen something more in that vein... but I found ways to fulfill it: I asked to work at CMJ, I took stills on the sets of our artists' music videos, etc. All in all, it was generally a positive experience. I fetched a lot of coffee, but I also met a lot of people in music and at organizations like Keep a Breast and those are relationships I will maintain forever.