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5 Lessons For Building A Professional Career In The Music Industry

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Remember when you were in elementary school and you would go around in a circle and state what you wanted to do when you grew up? Some would say “fireman.” Others would say “teacher” or “lawyer.” When it came to me, my answer was Lyor Cohen.

I knew that I wanted to work in the music business from as early as I can remember. Whether it was Clive Davis, Tommy Mattola, or Lyor, I knew that I wanted to do what they did. And I had to figure out how to get there.

In high school I started a DJ company. In college I designed my own academic major called Music Industry & Society. I networked. I interned. I was even an independent contractor with Geffen/UMG during undergrad, doing early street team work and what was then, New Media.

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