First, a quick story about me -
Girl raised in Philadelphia makes her way to the big city for college. Girl graduates school and says fuck it, I’m staying here. Having worked in the music industry most of college, girl decides to take a job as a PA at a music company. No, not an ‘MTV’ reality show every Thursday at 9pm kind-of music company. A live events and entertainment company. Girl decides she can do more than just get lunch and book conference rooms so she sets sight on a division that travels to put on music festivals worldwide. Girl lands the job and works her big ass off for 2 years and is now Lead Account Manager for that festival.
Okay, so you get where I come from. But let’s get into the weird and bizarre world I’m in –
I was given the title "Account Manager" which can mean any number of things depending on what industry you’re in. In Layman’s Terms in regards to live events, an Account Manager is needed when there’s a sponsor involved with the music festival. For the majority of us, we’re at the festival working hand in hand with the production team setting up the activation, and making sure that bad boy looks good. In even more basic of Layman’s Terms, we give the clients all the good and “dear lord, how am I going to explain this.?!” news. Best case scenario, all is executed without a flaw and they sign on for another year and your company creates a strong relationship with them.
Most of the time this is four to five activations within a festival but in my case, it’s the entire festival. My company created an entire global program for a brand that we have successfully executed world-wide for the past 4 years. Each new market brings up to 10,000 fans per show together to embrace euphoric music on a beach. In the past four years, we’ve hit Mexico, Italy, Spain, Canada, China, Australia, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile and the United Kingdom. Each and every one is executed on a real or artificially-made beach, and to answer your question yes, I work at all of them. This leaves me living in New York for half the year, and the other traveling the world.
Now to bring this full circle to the blog –
I don’t need to go into why this blog is more honest than all the others out there. There are blogs that have prettier pictures of avocado toast than me, post more than me, and have exceedingly better grammer than me (I’m aware that I misspelled that, it’s called a joke). I’m dyslexic and I’m a horrible speller so I can promise you, you’ll see mistakes here and there. What makes me different is that I’m going to explain the process in getting there. Each trip, each decision, what it’s really like traveling the world non-stop for a full-time job and how I stay in budget. Trust me, it’s rough but when you have a day off and find yourself in the middle of Italy reality is life isn’t that bad. I’m hoping that in one way or another I can show people that they can do it too. I was always wondering how people got “there”, how did they make connections with “those people” and most importantly what was that first step. I never had any idea what I wanted to do with my life five years ago – I’m still figuring it out now – but with all these experiences in my back pocket I want to share, connect and grow with likeminded people and I see this blog as a way to do that.