Tell us your bold boss story!:
I feel like my path is one where doors have constantly opened before me and I walk through them, leading in an odd winding way to where I am now. I was in college as a biology major, but took an intro to music industry class simply because I was curious. I was instantly hooked! I knew this was where I belonged. The instructor saw something in me and connected me with a woman that worked in music marketing, and pretty quickly I became a marketing major. From there I went on the intern and work in Nashville in artist management, but always had a hand in the digital marketing side of artists' careers. That was the part of it that was really exciting to me! A few years ago I was connected with Melanie Korn who runs The Media Slate and I began working for her and expanding my skills outside of just the music industry. Under her guidance and training, I stepped out on my own as a freelance social media manager and haven't looked back! It's honestly my dream job & even with all the struggles of working for myself, I really love what I'm doing & love working to grow it!
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!:
For me, every big change has been a bit of a leap into the unknown. I look back & can't even imagine how that 20-year-old made the decision to jump into a new major (& do it as one of the only non-musicians in the major at that time). And when I first moved to Nashville for a summer internship I literally didn't know anyone. The decision was made very quickly and in a matter of weeks I was renting an apartment in a new city and packing up to live in a new state when I had never lived more than 45 minutes from my childhood home. Fast forward to a few years ago and stepping out on my own was another big leap of faith. I envisioned myself working for a big music company and heading into an office every day, but that reality just didn't work for me once I was in it. I thrive on the flexibility that my life has these days. But stepping outside of the stability of a steady paycheck was a huge risk. As all freelancers know, there are still months that it isn't easy (& my husband is self-employed as well, so it's a double whammy around here!), but it is so incredibly worth it.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?:
Go after what you want, but do it in a smart way. There's tons of advice out there about starting before you're ready, and while I agree with the sentiment, I think there is something to be said for preparation as well. I didn't know everything when I started. I still have a lot to learn and will continue learning throughout my career. But you only get one chance to make a first impression, so it's worth it to invest a little in yourself and your skills before you launch your business to the world. Prepare, have a plan, and then get it out there. You'll never fail if you never try, but you'll also never know if you could've succeeded.
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