The closing festivities of CMJ 2011 commenced with the last day of panels on Friday, when Syndicate General Manager, former CMJ Editor-In-Chief and (most importantly) hot indie guy Reverend Moose moderated the Music Career Mapping In 2011 And 2012 panel. Moose navigated through the terrifying process of finding a job and establishing a career in the music business with Full Sail University’s Wheeler Newman, Good Cop PR President Perry Serpa, NYU music business professor Shirley Washington and Nielsen Music’s Trudy Lartz. Moose kicked off the discussion by asking each panel member to describe the trajectory of his or her rather impressive career. Although hearing about their career paths was a little intimidating, many of the panelists shared common driving forces, most notably a primal passion for music and lots and lots of work.
Beyond the basic kernels of advice for job seekers—act professional, follow up after an interview, have a perfect and businesslike resumé—the panelists provided insight and stories for attendees. Newman, who stressed the importance of tailoring your resumé for each potential job, warned audience members not to send emails from goofy dubious addresses like “firstname.lastname@example.org.” “You can email Wheeler there after this,” Moose joked. With astute questioning he guided the panelists through an insider’s look at making a career in the music business, touching on how to act at an internship and how to sell yourself in an interview or application. Here are some of their words of wisdom.