I think I was in college when I knew the normal corporate path of life was not for me. It is not that I am a rebel. It is just that my brain functions a bit different than what the norm sees and thinks. So I went to these guys who did a booking agency in town and basically showed up till they hired me for a job. I guess it is a lesson in perseverance and/or stupidity? Call them, walk by and give them a resume, ask them for a chance a start. Eventually they will get so sick of you that they will come up with a job for you. My first job was “talent coordinator.”
Sounds impressive right? “talent coordinator!” woo hoo! here is the reality
For a few hours each day, I would come in after school and work till I am guessing it 4pm to hit the east coast, till 7-8pm to hit the west coast bands. The agency basically booked bands for what I call the hotel lounge act and rock bar system. Occasionally we had a big star with comedians and some acts either going up the food chain ladder to stardom or on their way down. It didn’t mean they couldn’t earn a good living. It just meant the were not as hip or popular as they once were.
The vast majority of my job was to sit on a phone and go through piles of submissions and simply weed out the folks that wanted to be rock stars without ever going on the road and playing a club or two before just walking into a stadium tour. it was great experience in teaching one about psychology of people and performers.
The first goal was to find a band that had actually been together more than three months. Most "rock" bands were together for a few weeks before some psychological trauma between "artists" broke them up, had them call each other names, or each went their own way bring original and new masterpieces to the world. The people who made it and had a brand could do this. to the new bands starting out, you had to be able to do some cover tunes that people could relate to.
Until you spend hours talking to rock musicians about why they need promotional materials instead of a new “hot” guitar, you really haven’t gotten the benefit of college psychology courses. it was surreal listening to some of the "talent" explain reality.
basically, that was my job. i was the screen to find bands that had been together more than three months, would be willing to travel, and understood the idea of promotion and materials to market the band and its name. when i found these people, i passed them along to the bookers and off they went.
that was the real life of my glorified title as, "talent coordinator."
yeah, amps that go to 11.
for a cliffsnotes version – rent “this is spinal tap” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088258/