“Hey, how did you get your job in the Christian Music Industry?” Part 1 – Who you know
by Kurt Aschliman
Many times when I’m about to start mixing a show, I’ll be approached by brave inquisitive people who are interested in a job in the Christian music industry. I tell them that it has to do with 3 main aspects: who you know, what you know and who you are. Here in part one, I’ll discuss who you know.
Who You Know
I was connected with Sanctus Real through a family connection. I will tell that story in a later blog post. No matter who you are, you’re exponentially more likely to get a job in this industry because you were introduced and connected by someone. So how do you get to these connected people?
- Where you live will determine who you can reach - Living near a music centered city makes a huge difference. Nashville is the center for the Christian music industry and where most Christian record labels, management and touring companies are located.
- Networking - I am always happy to talk with interested people about my job. Most people in this industry are. Sometimes a simple message through email, Facebook or any other social media platform can be an easy in.
- You may already have a connection - Think through your friends, your family and acquaintances, think about with whom they may have connections and see if they can introduce you. A referral can make all the difference in how you are perceived in your first introduction.
When trying to network, don’t be nervous or intimidated by the position of an individual. Just like the bands for which we work, we’re all normal people who happen to have really cool jobs. Yet when you do talk with someone, seek to ask questions and be as inquisitive as possible. There’s certainly a balance between asking good questions and being annoying. I am quickly annoyed when people seem to want to impress me with their knowledge about their church’s audio system or their little PA they rent out occasionally. So present yourself as someone wanting to learn, not someone who just wants to talk about what you know.
There’s no guarantee that knowing the right people will get you a job, but seeking to learn from people who are already in the industry will certainly give you a much better chance.
In the next two posts, I’ll talk through how what you know does matter as well as how your personality and who you are can make all the difference.