Canadian Musician - January / February - Page 56

If you’re interested in a certain college or university, check out an open house, where you can meet the instructors, ask questions about the curriculum, or talk to a financial officer. Jen McKerral of Cultural Industries Northern Ontario requesting advice from over just firing off a cold email – though sometimes that works! Maybe you go to a professional mixer and hit it off with a publicist or marketing coordinator and exchange contact info? Maybe you approach a fellow musician in the same genre who has toured more extensively than you before a show? “Some of the most valuable resources an artist can have is to go to the older artists who can help them avoid making new mistakes,” says McKerral. These people could also have connections, ideas, and recommendations that you haven’t considered. That said, you must have goals in place. “Know where it is you want to go,” says McKerral, who mentors artists as part of her position. “My job is to help you figure out how to get there but you should never rely on someone to set goals for you. You need to know your own capacity to carry a project out.” Men- torship can take place in person, over Skype, via email, text… You’re not bound by location. “Even though they’re in a differ- ent city, they can be connected and create long lasting relation- ships,” says McKerral. She especially sees the value in bringing mentorship and educational opportunities to artists in remote parts of Canada who can be isolated from what’s going on. “The biggest chal- lenge is the distance from the industry,” says McKerral. “That’s why we bring people from the industry to northern communi- ties to have that face-to-face contact, “ she says of the industry events she programs. “We demystify it.” Internships Working with interns for the last few years in various roles, I can attest to the value and diff ձ䁥͕ѥѡɥЁѕɸ)͡q%Ё͕ٕ́䁑չѥ͍䰁mt$ݽձ݅)՝Ёѕɹ͡гt́ͅ!ٕȁյ)ѼɕȁɽɅ)]Ё́Ѽɕ͕ɍɔԁѡѥ́(؃ 9%84TL% %8)ɕɕ͕́ȁѡ͕٥́Ёɽ٥̰܁ѡ)ՍЁѡ͕ٕ́ѠͽQѥѼ)ɕ͕ɍمՕ́ձɔ)]͕ѕɹ͡eЁЁ͕ѼЁ)́ȁɝЁ̸Q䁝Ё́ɕՕ)ͽхՑ́ɽх̸͍ͽ)ɕ͕ɍЁѡȁɝѥ́ѡЁɔɕѕѼ)ȁѕɕ̸%ݕͥєͻeЁͅ䁅ѡ)ѕɹ̸̰ͬ݅͡QݽЁѡ䁍ͅ䁥́)EՕѥ́胊a]Ёɔѡхѥdȃa]Ёݥ)ɽdɔ丁 ȁЁݡЁЁ́׊eɔѕɕѕ)ɹиMѥ̰ѕɹ́͡ɔѼѽ)ɭѥɅͥȁٕЁ쁽ѡ̰ѡeɔ)ɔɅɔɔѡɔչѥ́Ѽ͡܁Ѡ)ȁѕ!ٔЁѕɹ́ɕѕȁՍ̴)հѕɹ͡)]ԁЁѕɹ͡eЁٔѥ)ȁݕɥ̸)Ё٥ɽ)Ё׊eɔѕɕѕɔՍѥѡ啅)͍)!͕́ᅵѕɹ͡Ս̸qQ)ЁمՅЁɡȁ݅́ѥmtѕɸ)͡ЁUɝɽչ=Ʌѥ̻t!́ѕɹ͡ɹѼ)ձѥݥѠѡݽɭݥѠѥ́AɽѕЁѡ)!ɼ1̰M̸)5ͥ ɕ̀M)AЁͥ䰁ɕ́ɔЁȁѥ́)ٕ́́ѼɸѽѡȁݥѠɝ́ɥ)幽є́ȁ́ѼȁɕȁɽѠ)єѥѼɕ͕ɍѡ́ɕѽ́Ѽ)ѕɵݡ́ɔЁɕمЁѼȁɔх͡)̰Ёȁѥѕȁɥѥ)ȁѡɽ՝Ёͥɕ́)Ѽхձمхѡչѥ́ѡ䁽Ȱ)ѡ5ɍɥ܁Ք 5ͥ)Iɑ́ݡɔ׊eɔЁȁɕȁ́ѥЁȁԴ)ͥɽͥՍѥ́٥хѼش)хɽݥȁՍ̰ͼ͕Ёݡ)ѕɕ́ԁeЁЁ͡ѕԁeЁɕ)́ѕ丁Aͥȁͥ͡ձ)͡ձȁɹ䁽ݱ)Mѡ̵ٕ5ͽ́QɽѼ͕ѥЁձхЁ)ɅЁɥѕȁЁeIIݥѠٕȀ啅́ͥ䁕)ɥ!ȁɽٕͭ́ѥЁٕЁ͕٥́ٔȁѼ)Ёمɥ䁽ɕ́ѥم̰Ց%ȴ)ٕ݅́ 5ͥ]Mͼѕ́ѥЁ)ЁQɕ́%ѥє́ѡչɑѽȁЁ ѥ5ͥ)ȁɔ٥ܹͥɽɕ