Kollaboration To Host “Asian Americans Break The Silence And Stereotypes Panel at SXSW 2017

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Panel focuses on Asian American representation in the media and the people working to increase visibility

The Austin, Texas festival South By Southwest (SXSW) is a nine day event featuring artists, business professionals, musicians, film and TV leaders, and more who come together to attend in panels, screenings, and concerts. SXSW is the largest multi-media festival of its kind, and last year over 8,000 attendees came to Austin for its panels, keynote speeches, screenings, and performances while over 70 thousand people came to the 4-day trade show. 2016’s lineup hosted Barack and Michelle Obama as the keynote speakers, featured over 142 film screenings, and over 2,000 festival showcase acts from 62 countries performed. The cross-collaboration in the media and tech industries creates a place for innovators and upcoming talent to work together and inspire one another.

Kollaboration Executive Director Minji Chang will be joined by writer Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man, actor and co-founder of  the artists collective We Own the 8th Dante Basco, and comedian and founder of Disoriented Comedy Jenny Yang on a SXSW Social Impact panel,” Asian Americans Break the Silence and Stereotypes” discussing Asian American representation in the arts. Asian Americans have often been underrepresented, stereotyped, or whitewashed in mainstream media and left very much invisible. In recent years, a growing grassroots movement and collaborative effort of API creatives in new media, music, & film have changed the scene & brought this issue to the forefront after years of cultural evolution.

“We are witnessing a turning point for minority representation in new media,” Minji Chang, Executive Director at Kollaboration, said. “A million different micromovements have brought us to a point where the underrepresented feel more compelled and increasingly confident to voice their dissatisfaction with the status quo and envision a richer, more diverse narrative that benefits us all. SXSW is an incredible and respected  epicenter for innovative thought and creativity, so I’m honored to have this panel be a part of that larger conversation. It’s an exciting time for the Asian American artistic community,  as so many passionate, talented creatives blaze new trails and bring their stories to the limelight. This is only the beginning.”

These leading Asian American creatives will discuss the layered issues behind how absence in media representation leads to the challenges of being pegged as “unmarketable” by Hollywood, and showing the ways API stories enrich, entertain, and leave an impact on universal audiences.”

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Minji Chang, actress & director of Kollaboration: Christine Minji Chang is a Bay Area native and a well-traveled California girl whose love for music, film, theater, and science have grown over the years. She is the 2nd child of 3 to Korean immigrant parents, who came to the US from Seoul in 1980. With a dual cultural upbringing, Minji navigated the many highs & lows of figuring out her identity & purpose in the grand scheme of things. At a young age, she struggled to clarify her life’s calling of being a doctor or an actor. After getting a degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, Minji worked in the public health sector in violence prevention work before giving corporate America & technology a try at Macys.com. She was in San Francisco, after all. Meanwhile, Minji started volunteering for Kollaboration, which would become her fulltime job as executive director. She also began acting professionally. Her journey has taught her the importance of authenticity, grit, and courage & the ability to heal & transform through art.

Phil Yu, creator and writer at Angry Asian Man: Phil Yu is a writer, speaker and host best known as the founder/editor of Angry Asian Man, one of the most widely-read and longest-running independent websites covering news, culture and perspectives from the Asian American community. The Washington Post calls Angry Asian Man “a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American.” Mixing humor with criticism, Phil’s commentary has been featured and quoted in the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, NBC, Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed and more.

Jenny Yang, actress & co-founder of DisOriented Comedy: Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever, mostly female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, and The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, a comedy festival showcasing the best in Asian American comedic talent. In 2016, Jenny was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny is a frequent collaborator on viral Buzzfeed videos that have amassed over 20 million combined views, and actor in numerous digital projects including Comedy Central’s “White Flight.” In 2015, she was dubbed one of Los Angeles’ “most fascinating people” in LA Weekly’s annual “People” issue. Drawing from her former career in politics, Jenny is a regular commentator on politics and pop culture with contributions featured in National Public Radio, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Complex Magazine.

Dante Basco, actor & co-founder of We Own the 8th: Dante Basco is an American actor, voice actor, and dancer. He is best known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 live-action film Hook. Dante is a Filipino American born in Pittsburg, California and raised in Cerritos and Paramount, California. He has four siblings, including actor Dion Basco. He is also known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long. He also starred in the hit Indie films The Debut and But I’m a Cheerleader. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts[6] in the Music and Theatre Conservatory and graduated in 1993. He had guest roles on television shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and had a recurring role on Moesha. After portraying characters of various Asian ethnicity except his own, he portrayed a Filipino American alongside his three brothers and sister in the independent film The Debut.

LINK TO SXSW SCHEDULE: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP65346

About Kollaboration: Kollaboration is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and movement founded in 2000 by Paul “PK” Kim to support the endeavors of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the arts. Kollaboration’s mission is to build bridges, out-create negative stereotypes and promote diversity by providing platforms to discover, empower and connect the next generation of API artists and leaders. Kollaboration programs seek to highlight and bring awareness of API talent to the mainstream media and drive change in popular culture.

Papa Alba & Traveling To The Philippines For The First Time Changed My Life… (My “Noong Araw” Story for FPAC25)


As apart of the FPAC Builders planning team this year, we were asked to share a “Noong Araw” story for FPAC25 Filipino Arts & Culture Festival taking place at Echo Park this Saturday October 8. Some of these stories will be shared in the PAN Pavilion, hope to see you all there to experience the best in Filipino music, food, arts & culture! Apl.de.ap, DJ STAHYL (My Digital Kidz / JABBAWOCKEEZ) and many more will be performing and co-branded FPAC/ALBA Legacy shirts will be on sale, all proceeds going to Fil Am Arts.


When you are kids you think your grandparents are going to live forever, while you’re running around with your cousins, they are there at every family gathering as the center of it all, sometimes the reason why everyone came together. They are the first and last person you want to greet out of sign of respect but also because they always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world, even when there were dozens of you. It was no different with our Papa, Miguel Alba, he had 7 kids, dozens of grandkids, great grandkids and ‘Jacks,’ (because he couldn’t remember everyone’s name he called our boyfriends Jack #1, Jack #2. etc. =) He was the sweetest, funniest, and strongest man I knew, especially growing up without really seeing my paternal father, he was my father.


Every week, twice a week, he walked over 2 miles round trip to buy lotto tickets right before the LA Lakers game and tell us what he was going to buy for us once he won. Stressed at work? Didn’t have money for a new car? Don’t worry! Papa was going to win the lotto soon to make it all better and once he won the lotto he was going to take us back to the Philippines where he loved more than any place in the world. Every Sunday as he got older I used to take him to church than to eat Filipino food, at the restaurant, he was always the center of attention telling the waitresses what he was going to do for them with his upcoming lotto winnings and he would listen to what I thought were school, love & work problems at that young age and laugh. “Bullshit!” He would say and remind me again not to worry because he was going to win the lotto and bring me to the Philippines to meet my cousins I had never met that he would tell us stories about. It amazed me that he was able to travel back and forth alone thousands of miles across to the US and the Philippines, while I was always terrified to fly in a plane longer than 7 hours.

Traveling to the Philippines is very expensive in regards to flights, accommodations, etc. plus the amount of time it takes to get there and back would require a significant amount of time off of work, they were the many reasons I didn’t get to go when I was a younger workaholic, although I always wanted to. Looking back I wish I had gone back sooner but as the story progresses you’ll see it was all in “God’s timing.”
Sadly Papa died on my birthday March 12, 2003 at 93 years young. I remember being at the hospital wishing that I should have spent more time with him whether it was walking to buy lotto with him or walk next to him rather than run when he was walking me home from school. As I said earlier, you don’t realize that the strongest man you know won’t be there forever. You always feel like there will be another day with them. Sundays were hard because I didn’t have him to tell my problems to and suddenly they seemed heavier than they were before, not being able to feel his love no matter what I chose to do in life which was confusing during those early college years. I would have done anything to have one final lunch with him just to tell him how much I loved everything about him and how I was going to say “Bullshit!” to all the doubt I had in myself and doubts I heard about pursuing a career in the non predicting music industry.
A year later, in 2004, after hosting a few ‘Lumpia’ movie screenings with director Patricio Ginelsa, Pat sent me a treatment to the new song by Apl of the Black Eyed Peas called ‘The APL Song.‘ that he wrote. The treatment centered around a Filipino American veteran that gradually grew older in the United States with age and experienced his later life in an elderly home getting occasional visits by his grandkids, reflecting on his life in both countries. Immediately I was drawn to the story thinking of Papa and visually saw the vision that Patricio had and it brought me to tears, to be honest I was familiar with the song but because I didn’t speak Tagalog I didn’t completely understand the meaning behind Apl’s words that were written at a very difficult time for him. The treatment was something I think everyone needed to see with that song, it was something our community needed. I immediately sent the treatment to Polo Molina on Apl’s team and we wound up producing an amazing video with an all star cast of Fil Ams in entertainment like Dante Basco (playing the young war veteran), Joy Bisco, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, DJ Rhettmatic etc. all making cameos. I am also in a scene playing cards with an actor playing my grandfather at the elderly home and I remember being on set remembering all the times I picked up Papa from the elderly home and how eager he was standing outside in his church clothes waiting for me at the door, upset at me if I was ever more than 5 minutes late and it always brought me to tears pulling away from the house as he stood in the driveway waving for several minutes and then on the street until he could no longer see my car.
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While on set I helped gather the clothing for Ap to wear in every scene and one that struck me the most was the scene where the video projections on the wall of the Philippines while the grandfather looked on. I couldn’t help but feel emotion towards not only the song but visualizing all the stories my Papa or Mom had of their homeland. They have a few photos but nothing like those projections shown in the video that were Ap’s old photos. We promoted the video with all of our hearts into it, we traveled to New York and stood outside of MTV’s TRL trying to get it on the countdown and we had a launch party for the video that coincidentally was one of the very first MySpace.com parties hosted by the Black Eyed Peas. Again, I wished my Papa was there to see the music video, wondering how it would make him feel.
Fast forward to last May 2016, Apl, Audie and team organize an influencer trip to the Philippines with artists and celebrities like Jo Koy, Liane V., Cassie, Will.I.Am & executives from companies like Netflix and Google with the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines. At 36, I still hadn’t traveled to the Philippines and I was very reluctant at first to go again, I was afraid of my anxiety on the long flight and also taking so much time off of work at our mydiveo startup, but I saw an anxiety counselor to help walk me thru the process to get over my anxiety and the courage to get on the plane. (Plus any plane flight is easy when you have Jo Koy on it to make you laugh the entire time.🙂 As soon as we landed, all that changed as soon as we left the airport and rode thru the streets of Manila, seeing the Jeepneys, the food salesmen on the street, everything my mom, Papa and sisters spoke of was literally in front of me. Being surrounded by the love and respect that Filipinos have was also overwhelming, I felt at home even though I was thousands of miles away. I finally got to meet my cousins that Papa spoke about and it amazed me that we were thousands of miles apart but yet had similar mannerisms, humor and facial qualities.
We traveled to Boracay, Cebu and Bohol by bus, flight and boat and I found myself wrapping up food in napkins (Baon) to take and share with the group in the same way my Papa did. At times I sat alone, next to the window in tears, full of emotion, admiring the beauty but also feeling sad about certain areas of poverty and wanting to help. People joked on the trip that I was always in tears. But most importantly, what I loved finally truly understanding of why Papa loved being there so much, this was HOME to him. To add to the amazing experience, we were guided by ambassador and Philippines ‘president’ Apl, this was his home that he loved and shared with the world through his music. We were living music videos like “The Apl Song” or “Its More Fun In the Philippines” in person. When we walked through the streets people would yell Apl’s name and cheer or dancers would perform at the airport/hotel and he greeted them all with love and appreciation with a humble yet charismatic personality that reminded me of Papa.
In writing this ‘Noong Araw’ story I hope it makes you not only yearn to spend more time with your loved ones, especially the elderly, but to talk to them about where they are from and take the time to visit the country where you are rooted, wherever that may be to learn more about your history and culture. It took me 36 years to get there, but similar to The Alchemist story, the treasure I was looking for in life was right at home. As soon as I got home I looked for ways to get more involved in the community and coincidently met Tina Bulchand, the executive director of Fil Am Arts and she invited me to the FPAC planning meeting and here we are today. Reflecting on the long circular and coincidental story now, all the times I wished Papa was there, he WAS there all along helping make it happen, he might not have won the lotto while here on Earth but everyday he is helping us win in our everyday lives, such as the day our company, mydiveo was acquired.  Thank you Papa for the strength and luck you give me each day since you taught me how to pray, I can’t wait to see you again and sing your favorite song “Here I Am, Lord.” =)
Interested in going to the Philippines for Spring Break with Apl March 12-19? Visit facebook.com/famcore.🙂

PRIE: Island Block Radio on Dash Radio’s The BBQ Show Interview

Hawaii born, Las Vegas raised rapper Prie details his humble beginnings of how he became a rapper, his Top 5 Dead or Alive, his supportive family and much more.

Listen to more music at www.soundcloud.com/prie, view all of Prie’s  social links at www.mydiveo.com/prie  and learn more about him in his interview below:



Prie Island Block Radio on Dash Radio’s The BBQ Show Interview

Hawaii born, Las Vegas raised rapper Prie details his humble beginnings of how he became a rapper, his Top 5 Dead or Alive, his supportive family and much more.

Listen to more music at www.soundcloud.com/prie

View all of Prie’s  social links at www.mydiveo.com/prie 


Trent Clark Announced As HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief

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(L to R: DJ Damage, Ryan Ford, Justin Hunte, Trent Clark on Revolt LIVE)

Trent Clark joined DX in January 2016 as Managing Editor. Prior to DX, he spent two years as Senior Editor at HipHopWired as well as five years as Managing Editor at The Smoking Section. “Of everyone I’ve ever had the privilege of working with, no one matches TC’s combination of relentless energy, unwavering commitment, and detailed understanding of Hip Hop music and culture. But away from experience and intangibles alone, Trent is also a tremendous teacher, leader, motivator, and mentor. I’ve marveled at his ability to cultivate relationships and craft incredible conversations over the years I’ve known him, and am truly inspired by his ability to do so internally since joining Team DX at the top of the year. There is no one I trust more with carrying the banner forward than Trent Clark. I’m ecstatic to witness the awesomeness he spearheads as Editor-in-Chief,” says former Editor-In-Chief, Justin Hunte.

Justin Hunte will now be tackling new giants together on the strategy side of the house in my new role as HipHopDX Business Development & Brand Ambassador. He is excited to develop new video conversations like The Breakdown and to continue their partnership with Shade45’s All Out Show.

Follow for more:
Trent Clark: @itsmetc15
Justin Hunte: @thecompanyman

Russ Diemon mydiveo LIVE Exclusive Interview

mydiveo LIVE on MyxTV host, Roslynn sits down with Russ Diemon moments before his sold out LA show at the El Rey of his “Did It My Way” Tour. He talks about his most memorable moments on tour, his career turning point and what he’s up to next.

(VIDEO) Island 98.5 FM Wahine Wednesday Interview with Roslynn aka Barkley & Wake Up Crew Interview

Island 98.5 & iHeartRadio morning show, the Wake Up Crew (Rory, KreyZ, Vic) interviewed Roslynn for “Wahine Wednesdays,” throughout the whole show she was referenced as “Barkley” – her favorite basketball player. They not only took in call-ins from various listeners but also joked about Pokemon, being Filipino and her very first job at The Athlete’s Foot in West Covina Mall.

Check out the Wake Up Crew as they get interviewed by Roslynn for MyxTV about their most memorable moments being involved in a hostage situation, interviewing Bill Cosby and threatened by Wayne Brady. The talented crew also sings live and freestyles with Osnizzle on the ‘mydiveo LIVE’ episode which you can see un-edited on www.youtube.com/thirdfloornetwork.


The Wake Up Crew is the #1 morning radio show on the #1 station Island 98.5 in Hawaii with hosts Rory, Vic and KreyZ, It is also syndicated around the world via iHeartRadio. The tables were turned when ‘mydiveo LIVE’ on MyxTV host Roslynn (aka Barkley for this #WahineWednesday) interviewed the guys LIVE on air talking about how they met, their most memorable moments like fighting Wayne Brady or interviewing Bill Cosby. They talked to us about music they are currently listening to like Lil Dicky and Eli-Mac. Producer/DJ Osnizzle who originally came in to shoot the interview as Osna Productions was spontaneously asked to jump on the mic to freestyle and who could say no to Rory? Watch the FULL interview here and the highlights soon on #mydiveoLIVE on MyxTV soon airing in over 15 million homes via Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Sony Roku, Comcast, etc.

For more:
Tune In Weekdays to the Wake Up Crew on Island 98.5FM & Island985.IHeart.com
mydiveo LIVE on MyxTV Mondays



TBT (VIDEO) Some Of My Favorite DJ Jay-P Sets

DJ Jay-P was my GO-TO DJ for all of our concerts, some he performed doing an awesome DJ/drummer set with producer Stro Elliot, other times he opened solo – in LA or across the country. Watch them below and download our latest Third Floor Radio mixtape, “This Is Our Love Story” here at mixcrate.com/jayp.

DJ Jazzy Jeff



DJ Jay-P Clip of Set


Miguel x Jhene Aiko






DWELE Budweiser Tour

Official Tour Video

Soundcheck Behind the Scenes


LIVE At Flyball 2011


Capsule Barbershop Practive for Flyball


Third Floor Radio at SKEETV

Trent Clark Joins HipHopDX As Managing Editor, The #1 Online Source For Hip Hop News

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HipHopDX is proud to announce that Trent Clark has joined DX as its Managing Editor. Trent is a native of Columbus, OH.. Before joining the HipHopDX team, he was the Senior Editor at HipHopWired for 2 years and was the Managing Editor at The Smoking Section for 5 years. He holds a B.S. in New Media Communication Technology from The Ohio State University.

In the newly established role of Managing Editor, Trent will directly manage the DX editorial team and 35+ freelancers, oversee day-to-day operations of the site and report to DX’s Editor-in-Chief, Justin Hunte on editorial content strategy. See an interview of Trent’s previous work history here on mydiveo.com/itsmetc15:

As HipHopDX continues to remain the #1 online source for Hip Hop news, DX has also added two new staff members to the team to continue to push the culture forward and build a dynamic video and social media program.

“As we continue scale our company up and remain #1 in the online Hip Hop space, it’s imperative that we continually add new, exciting team members to generate innovative ideas, create ground-breaking editorial strategies and cater to our growing community,” said Sharath Cherian, President & CEO of Cheri Media and Publisher of HipHopDX.

“As we begin to implement new goals and strategies for HipHopDX, we decided to create three new positions—Managing Editor, Director of Video Production and Director of Sales and Marketing. In addition, as the rules of social media change daily, we’ve also taken a new approach to HipHopDX’s social media presence by hiring a new Social Media Manager. Trent, Peter and Monica are awesome additions to the company and will be integral in taking HipHopDX to its next stage of growth. We are very excited to have these new team members as part of the HipHopDX family and look forward to bringing their expertise to DX.”

For more, follow @HipHopDX

How To Be A Good Intern

(A snippet from the future book “How To Connect The Dots In The Music Industry” coming soon.)

I started my music industry career in several different internships with various companies, some were paid and others were not. I’ve also hired and worked with several as an employer. I wanted to write this to help interns who are just starting their internships or currently looking into getting one. Without question, I recommend getting an internship or mentor before beginning your career in your choice of industry, specifically the music industry. Trade schools and colleges are great for teaching the helpful fundamentals, but it’s the actual working in an industry environment that will give you the hands-on experience, references and relationships that will help further your career. I also know professionals who never had professional schooling in their profession but thanks to valuable internships have been able to still pursue and succeed in their career of choice.

Think of it this way, without an internship or work experience outside of your schooling, you are one of thousands of applicants that are vying for the same jobs and positions you are. As employers, the most important qualities we look for aside from skill set are work experience and referrals. I’ve seen many people get hired based strictly on the recommendation of someone they respect or admire. In the fast paced music industry, employers don’t always have an HR team or personal time to spend hours reading resumes, the perfect person they need can usually be found a phone call away from someone they already know.

With that being said, with the help of people on my team who have also worked as interns or currently working as interns, I’ve put together a list of “How To’s” to help you along your way. I wish when I started my internships that I had some of the advice below and hope you find it helpful as well. Email us if this blog post has helped you at info@thirdfloornetwork.com or you have a great story to tell of a successful internship.

1. Start With The End In Mind

Be clear on the start and end date of your internship, have the dates in writing, which is typically 3 or 6 months and before the last month of your internship remind your employer that the end date is coming up in case they haven’t talked to you about it already. Before starting an internship, imagine the dream scenario – to most of course it is getting hired on full-time by the company for a salary position, but truth be told most don’t have budgets to continuously hire new people so there should be other goals in mind including getting a great reference letter, learning new skills, working directly in the field, building key relationships with people in the building and other interns who will be future leaders and colleagues as you both progress.

Be clear from the beginning to yourself and your direct report of what you are looking to gain so that you leave with what you were wanting. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get hired after an internship, if you were memorable and great you can get referred for another position that another company is hiring or get hired by the company later down the line. If you did not get hired by the company you were interning for make sure to ask if they had colleagues that may be of a need of assistance. Don’t ever get turned off by internships.  Most successful people see internships as an opportunity to get a mentor.  Each mentor can teach you something different overtime. Consistent hard work matched with connecting the dots will get you in your desired position over time.

There have been plenty of times where when my internship was over, because my boss saw great potential in me, referred me to someone else or another company, this can be for you too!

Questions to ask yourself during an internship:

   -Are you networking with other people?

   -Does your boss and key executives know your names and skill-set?

   -Are you learning more about your field that you desire to be in?

Reminder, before your last week, make sure to grab a recommendation letter and allow permission to ask your direct report to put them as a reference on your resume

2.  Enjoy The Tasks You Have, Whatever It Is

Remember everyone started somewhere. We’ve all heard stories about the executives like Diddy who started out an intern for Andre Herrell or the powerful music agent who started in the mailroom. Make the most of the tasks assigned. If you are asked to pick up and deliver food, make sure to smile and introduce yourself to the people in the building that you are delivering food to, develop a relationship with them. Eventually, when there is time, ask them a little bit about their personal story, you’ll be surprised to see that most people want to share their own experiences. Meet people who have the job you want to have and ask them how they got there or research for yourself. Those that been the most successful are those that know the ins and outs of their companies’ key employees as well as their industry. The CEO that knows how every team operates from the top executive management team down to the mailroom is key in successful organizations. Know that this internship is just the first early stops in your career journey,

3. Offer Value To Your Boss

Make sure you understand what your company does, do the research before you start as well as research on the roles and people you work for, this will give you an idea of how you can be of great value and help them.

IE.  If your boss is a marketing director come up with marketing strategies that would reach your target demo in college if your company is trying to reach people your age, if you want to be a publicist, attend as many events as you can where you can network with other media publications that could be important to the publicist like red carpets and music conferences, even if it’s meeting another intern at that company, spend the time to make those connections for future clients. if you want to be a DJ, ask a club or a DJ if you can tag along for a day to help them with what they needed like taking photos or videos for social media, and watch how they do it. The person you are helping may not even realize your value until it is offered.

4.  Keep Yourself Busy

There can be times when your direct reports or boss are so busy they don’t have time to give you an assignment. After asking if there is anything you can help with, if there is nothing assigned, ask if you can do something you think would be beneficial that they might not have thought of. Examples can be organizing and filing away papers, photocopying receipts for an expense report, re-alphabetizing the CD collection, etc. If there still isn’t anything to do, Google will be your best friend. Take the time to do market research on the industry, the company, free workshops or networking events to attend to and read the trades on your industry.

5. Be Confident & Believe In Yourself

Confidence is key but don’t let your ego take over.  No one likes a ‘know it all.’  Believing in yourself means believing you are capable of doing anything or learning how to do so. Allow yourself to be a sponge of your environment. Have the confidence to share your ideas and don’t be discouraged if they aren’t always the right answer. Showing that you care enough to TRY to think outside the box gets you brownie points, plus if your supervisor(s) give you feedback on your ideas it can be useful in making future decisions and advice for your current organization or another you may work or in the future.

6.  Be Positive

No one likes negativity or a debbie downer.  Positivity is also contagious and will always rule out negativity.  A positive attitude no matter what comes your way shows that you are a problem solver, can handle big responsibilities and makes you pleasant to be around.  Don’t participate in negative chatter about others or the company, even if it is your boss that is doing the talking. Watch your speech as well, sometimes you will catch yourself complaining about the traffic, your school work, etc. You don’t want your limited conversations with those in your environment to be negative ones because even if you aren’t a negative person, it may provide the image that you are.

7.  Your Network Is Your Net Worth

SMILE in and out of the office! Most new interns are shy and timid which could make it uncomfortable for others to have conversations with.  A smile allows people to feel at ease to talk to you which can create long lasting bonds. Talk to your employer and fellow interns, ask them about their weekend and so on. The key to success in the industry are your relationships and it’s important to develop them in and out of the office. Even as an intern, you are a representative of that company so it’s important to be remembered as someone positively versus negatively. If it takes a few times for your boss or other people you meet to know your name, don’t be discouraged, make it a goal for them to remember you. Remember that people in the music industry meet so many people a day, they might forget names but they remember faces and smiles. The more events you attend and see familiar faces it will get easier. Offer help to anyone you may potentially want to work for or with.

8. Balance Your Life

Between school, work, internship and life, find a way to balance it all. Life is always a balancing act no matter how successful you become and it actually gets harder as your career responsibilities increase.  Create a schedule, stick to the schedule and communicate with your supervisor when circumstances out of the normal things arise such as a flat tire or a sickness. Choose what to focus your energy and time towards for the bigger picture. Get your assigned tasks done and communicate if you can’t. If you feel the internship isn’t right for you, be up front and honest from the beginning because there is someone else that could find the internship extremely valuable. The worst impression you can make is if you commit to an internship and constantly call in sick or show up late because you aren’t passionate about it. Learn how to prioritize school, work, family/friends and personal time, know that each part of your life is important in keeping a good balance. Your life shouldn’t be just about one aspect such as “all work.” A recommendation could even be taking less classes to allow time for an internship before graduation. A lot of companies only hire internships based on being in college.

9. Monitor Your Social Media

As a representative again of your company, your boss, etc. Make sure what you are posting online that you don’t want others to see is not public. Posting a status update of how bored you are or your company’s gossip is a quick way to get fired. Remember with technology these days, everything you post online or even via an app that requires a login could turn up somewhere, think of it’s worth it to post a picture with your drunk buddies in Cabo for a future employer to find later when googling you. I’ll help you answer that, It’s not.

10. Archive Your Work Experience

Update your resumes and linked in profiles with your new work experience. Keep a copy of the newsletter you wrote or take photos at the event that you covered, blog posts you may have wrote, etc. Make sure to be able to list everything you learned as this may come handy when a future employer is looking for that exact skill set. Visit mydiveo.com and see an example of my video resumes as well: www.mydiveo.com/roslynn, which has come in handy when looking to expedite the process of learning my experience and creating your own will help you stand apart from the crowd.

These are some tips to being a good intern, not the only ones, so do the research and don’t forget to have fun with the process. If you are still not happy in your work environments as you progress it could be that you chose a field that you are not passionate about, remember it’s never too late to change careers.

Key Places To Find Music Industry Internships

1. Join Tribe Unity – If you are in Los Angeles, the organization is a new movement for the up and coming future leaders in the entertainment industry.  Vanessa and her team will try to place your passion with an internship at company or “Tribe” with you are interested in learning. You will work with respected mentors that care about pushing you to be your best and have the potential of connecting you to other opportunities to learn and connect with different aspects in the entertainment industry. More info: www.TRUpassions.com

2. Online

EntertainmentCareers.net, NARIP.com, Internship.com, Mandy.com, your college message boards, Craigstlist, LinkedIn, etc.

3. Family And Friends

Think about family or friends and the companies they work at, if they know anyone that works at a company you’d like to intern at, there is a higher potential of you getting an internship at that company.

4. Company Website And Events

Visit the company website and follow them on all social media platforms where they may post information about internships or if a key executive is speaking at an event, you can attend to ask them in person if they are looking for anyone

5. Direct Assistance

If you know of an executive, artist, manager, etc. that you’d like to intern for directly, it’s worth a shot shooting them an email or approaching them in person. Not all music executives have reachable companies such as producers, etc. Assisting them for a selected period of time and having them as a mentor can be equally valuable.