I’m a Communication Studies major, Psychology and Sociology double-minor at Emerson College. The entertainment industry has always been one of my greatest interests, and I knew early on in high school that I would be pursuing a career in this field.
Attending an undergraduate school focused on media and the arts really put me on the path toward realizing those dreams. As a first-semester freshman with no prior experience, I beat out 80+ applicants to secure a spot on the Urban Department at 88.9 WERS-FM, ranked the nation’s #1 College Radio Station by The Princeton Review. I quickly learned the ropes and, in addition to my weekly spot hosting the popular Rockers reggae show, I got to interview recording artists and review the latest albums and mixtapes for publication on the station’s website. Toward the year’s end, I was recognized with the Urban Assistant Program Director’s Rising Star Award, and was later chosen to provide the station’s coverage of that fall’s Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza. You can read my piece, co-written with WERS’ Web Director, here.
After an insane sophomore year – I spent the fall semester keeping up with school while battling unexpected health issues, and completed a successful semester abroad the following spring – I came down to New York to intern for Viacom as part of Spike TV’s Communications Department. Working at Viacom and doing so as a T. Howard Foundation scholar opened my eyes to many things, one of which was the value and importance of networking. I had already known that networking was something we should all be doing, but this summer really emphasized how immensely imperative it is. I seized opportunities to connect with professionals from the industry’s top television networks, including Viacom’s Senior EVP/COO and the President of Viacom’s Entertainment Group (the latter, by the way, founded the WERS Rockers radio show as an Emerson student back in 1978).
As my summer comes to a close, I’m deciding to apply what I’ve learned and will embark on an entirely new and challenging project. You may have heard of REVOLT TV, the new, music-focused television network launched by Sean “Diddy” Combs just last year. Available on Comcast and Time Warner Cable, REVOLT aspires to be “the new #1 name in music,” and is setting the stakes high by holding the first ever REVOLT Music Conference this October in Miami.
The REVOLT Music Conference boasts an impressive panel of influential experts in music, technology, and business who will share their insights on a myriad of topics, ranging from the power of radio, technology and syndication, to the business of music publishing and the relationship between brands and artists. For me, RMC 2014 is the perfect opportunity to learn from and network with industry professionals. I will also be pitching this story to several local newspapers and magazines in hopes of providing coverage and expanding my portfolio as a writer and media personality.
To make all of this a reality, I’m taking on the ambitious task of raising $2,000 in funds that will help me cover the costs of attendance and transportation, among other expenses. As large as the amount sounds in total, the gap can be tackled by donations large and small, and I believe that we can meet the goal together if we reach enough people.
It would help tremendously if you could make a donation and pass this link along to your friends, families, neighbors, colleagues– anyone who will listen and try to help a student achieve his dreams.
NOTE: This project is time sensitive- earlybird tickets are cheaper than regular price, and the conference is in less than two months so I want to get mine before they sell out.
From the bottom of my heart, thanks for taking the time to read, donate, and share. Above all, thanks for caring and investing in my future.