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I hate my talent.


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O.k...maybe it's more luck than talent. And maybe it's all a coincidence.

But this is my dream...and I KNOW I would be good at it. Being an A&R guy. This is a dream job just for people already in the music industry. To other people this may sound silly but I FEEL like I am getting used somehow and I don't know how to stop it. Basically...because I want a job being an A&R guy I write e-mails and messages to record labels suggesting UNSIGNED bands. Of course, I get no replies back. And...actually some of these bands got SIGNED to Record Labels that I had e-mailed. The problem is...I don't know if they took my word or not...and even if they did, I'm left with nothing to prove. The only thing that makes feel good is when I send a tip to link removed and they mention the band or write an article about them.

Please help me!!! I'm so sad...I'm about to be 27 and I have absolutely NO experience working with a record label. I don't live in L.A or New York.

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If there is a will there is a way.


That statement can be so true. If you are really passionate about wanting to have a career in this field then you should try and make a go for it.

Nothing will get accomplished if you do nothing. It isn't going to knock on your door one day and say "hey I'm here!".


Make a list and see what steps you need to take in order to get into this field of work. You may have to start lower and work your way up, but hey that is what the majority of people have to do

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i think you should try to break in somehow to that business. i don't know much about it - but read as much as you can on it, and find out what it takes to get a job like that and go for it. like dako said, you may need to move to a bigger city and work your way up. it sounds like you are good at finding talent, so i think you should go for it!!!

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It's a very tough field. If you're willing to live on scraps of bread for years at a time, then go for it.


You will have to move to New York or L.A. as you said. Also start looking for friends and making contacts. It's a business that depends a LOT on who you know, so use all the friends you have, and if you don't have any friends in the business, start making them right away.


Best of luck.

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While I can't totally relate to your industry. I know what's it's like to make phone calls, send off letters and emails to promote someone else and not get any credit for their success. A couple of years ago I was working for this guy doing promotional stuff for him. I don't want to say who he is, but I got him booked on Regis & Kelly where he ended up getting coverage for an entire week. Everyday for that week Regis & Kelly would spend about five or ten minutes of the show talking to him. Anyways, I'm the one that got him in the door and set his career on fire from there, but he was an unappreciative jerk.


I laughed last year when he totally screwed up the momentum his career was on and he called to ask me to promote him again. yea right! lol

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