Already soured on commercial music by her experience in Orlando, Davis was still exploring. “Most of the interns I talked felt [commercial music] was a little too fake for them,” Davis observes, “but almost al the full-time employees appreciated the opportunity to work in a such a fast-paced glamorous atmosphere.”
Ultimately, though, Davis says the internship “turned me off to commercial music in general. I don’t even listen to mainstream radio anymore! But it did show me that I’d like to focus my attention on independent music and helping lesser-known artists make a name for themselves. Added bonus: I now know record label jobs don’t pay squat for the amount of work you have to put in.”
Davis’ current internship represents her second venture outside the music business, but the choice of industry was not entirely by design. “I’ll admit a large part of the search was to avoid working at a restaurant. Moving to a big, expensive city happens to cost a ton! My main objective, however, was to learn a thing or two about public relations and/or branding, the two areas of marketing I hadn’t worked in at all. She found a paid internship at a public-relations agency through an e-mail blast to her college’s business school sent out by the school’s Career Services office.
“My previous internship with Island Def Jam pushed me to be more open to opportunities that weren’t directly music-related,” Davis says. “Being open to a different learning experience is what landed me in such a great place.” Davis also notes that this openness to learning provides an instant answer to the frequently-asked interview question, “Why do you want to work here?”