5 Skills You Need In Order To Be A Great Music Artist
- Show up early, stay late. This communicates that you appreciate the fact that a professional in your industry is taking the time and responsibility to take you under their wing and teach you what they know for a few months. Of course this does not mean you let the internship take over your life to the point that other areas (grades, relationships, etc.) are suffering. It simply means to make the most of the opportunity you have to learn and respect your supervisor’s time.
- Work. This is self-explanatory. You can get on social media just about anywhere. You cannot learn valuable skills just anywhere.
- Ask specific questions. It is a good practice to come up with detailed questions because it forces you to think more deeply about the industry you are interested in. It also gets you helpful, applicable info that may take you much longer to find in a book or online.
- Look for things to do. Do you work quickly? Good. Now go find something else to do. It is a waste of your time to sit around waiting for someone to tell you what to do, because you could spend that time learning another valuable skill if you would just ask your supervisor what you can do next.
- Be positive. Even if you have the most menial, arduous task you could think of, doing it excellently and cheerfully shows that since you are willing to put your best into small things, you can be trusted with more important responsibilities. It can also be encouraging to those around you to see a positive attitude, which makes people more likely to want to work with you in the future.
- Cultivate good character. Do the right thing, not because anyone told you to do it, but because you want to. People who are genuine, honest, caring, trustworthy, responsible, etc., are more successful at life in general, not just the business aspect of their lives. You will build better relationships with your family, friends, and the people at your internship.
- Be a team player. You have to know how to work in a team environment in almost any industry. Sometimes this means letting go of your own ideas to promote someone else’s that may be better, and it most definitely means this at an internship. It is not your job to lead at this point, but to contribute to the goals of the company you are interning with.
- Look for ways to serve. If you see something you could do to make something run more efficiently or to help someone out, offer to do it. It may be that you have finished your tasks in your department and notice another department needs help, or it may be that you need to make a coffee run and cheer people up.
- Be involved and contribute. The more involved you are in achieving the company’s goals, the more likely it is that your opinions will be invited. It’s never a good idea to blurt them out, but you can look for opportune times to share helpful ideas and thoughts with your supervisor.
- Enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, maybe think about shifting career direction. That’s what this internship is for – to learn, not just about the industry, but also about yourself.
Written by Caylea Ingram. Hear her interview on the Full Circle Music Show HERE.