WE ARE THE KIDS NYC INTERNSHIPS FEATURE #7
Featured: Amy Bertram
1. Where are you originally from? Why did you choose to move to NYC?
I’m originally from Syracuse, NY. I chose to move to NYC after graduating from Ithaca College because I knew I wanted to experience city life. In terms of music industry positions, the best options for me were either NYC or LA, and NYC is closer to family and friends so here I am!
2. If you are in school, and moved to the city for an internship, how did you figure out your living situation and expenses? If you moved to NYC for work, this applies too.
I graduated in May 2012 from Ithaca College and moved to the city to start interning for two different music industry positions. Luckily, I had a deal with my parents that they would help cover rent throughout the duration of summer while I interned and looked for a full-time job. I landed a full-time position in August and am now able to fully support myself. I found a place to sublet in Brooklyn over the summer and my most recent place (again in Brooklyn) by reaching out to people on craigslist and they’ve both worked out great for me. I definitely recommend looking in Brooklyn or Astoria- you get a lot more for your money.
3. How did you find your internship or work in NYC? Talk a little about your experience, and why it helped that you were/are working in NYC.
I split my time between two internships throughout the summer. One was with a digital promotions and creative services company, called Sneak Attack Media, and the other with a music PR company, called Nasty Little Man. I came up with a list of companies related to music marketing by searching Google, LinkedIn, etc and sent out e-mails to the contact person at the companies that struck my interest. I received responses from a lot of the companies (I mean, who doesn’t want free labor nowadays?) and had a couple of phone interviews. During my experiences, I did a lot of press clips and social media marketing and got to do work for bands such as Radiohead, Metric, Matisyahu, Paul McCartney, The Shins, K’Naan, and many more amazingly talented bands. Unfortunately, both companies were very small in size and didn’t have the capacity to hire me full time after the internships. But being in NYC, it was much easier for me to start looking for a full time position since I had the opportunity to network and meet face to face with people.
4. If you are not living in NYC anymore, was it worth it? What did you get out of your experience, and would you do it again?
I loved being in NYC so much that I put all my effort into finding a full-time position so I would be able to stay and support myself here. By mid-August, after messaging numerous people on LinkedIn and setting up meetings with people who worked in the industry, I landed a full-time position at Big Foote Music + Sound. Although I no longer do marketing for bands, I am learning an incredible amount about another facet of the music industry. At Big Foote, we create original music and sound design for commercials, TV, film, etc. I get to come to work every day and be surrounded by gorgeous studio spaces and incredible musicians/composers. The internships were the perfect stepping stone I needed to put me on the right path to where I am now and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on LinkedIn for any more advice/questions you may have: linkedin.com/in/abertram1
5. Add in some fun pictures from your experience, and your favorite places around the city so we can see all of the fun you had!
The pictures don’t even do NYC justice!