November 22, 2009

Second Interview with Women Leaders at OU

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 8:12 pm by Gina

Hey ladies!
Alright, so this is another interview I did for my women leaders at OU article, with Amanda Eckman, a senior media arts and studies management major, and president of Brick City Records, a recording company here in little old Athens, Ohio. Enjoy!

Q: How did you get involved with Brick City Records?

A: I heard about Brick City when I was visiting and since I was thinking about doing A & R for a record label I wanted to join and get involved.

Q: How did you get to become president?

A: It was actually kind of interesting, my freshman year I knew an artist called Curtis Peoples and he wanted to do a show here so I was talking with the president about putting together a show with Curtis so spring quarter of my freshman year I put on a show and got involved that way and ran for vice president of A & R the end of my freshman year and won, and just eventually through getting involved with the exec board got moved up to president last year and this year.

Q: Do you have any female role models?

A: My role models are mostly male because the music industry, although it’s getting better, is still male-dominated. So the person got me really involved was a male manager and the person here was also a male and he kind of influenced me to become president.

Q: Are you the first female president of Brick City?

A: Yes, we’ve been around since 2004 so it hasn’t been two long and we’ve only had two main presidents before me.

Q: What do you want to do after school?

A: That’s a good question. Ideally, I would like to work for an independent record label preferably with talent development, trying to help them figure out their image and everything.

Q: What made you decide to come to OU?

A: Because it was really the only place that could put me in a major that directly dealt with what I wanted to do. Plus they have so many connections out in LA and Chicago and everything and the music industry really is about connections.

Q: They have alot of alumni connections out there?

A: Yeah I did an internship with Beverly Hills two summers ago and I kept going to all these parties and people would whip out their OU IDs and be like “Yeah, I graduated two years ago,” so I thought I’m going to the right place then, that’s how you get a job.

Q: How many internships have you had?

A: I did one in Beverly Hills where I actually had to go out there and this summer I’m currently working on one where it’s based in LA, but it’s all online. It’s just scouting bands and uploading them to a site.

Q: So do you think you’ll probably move out west?

A: I’ve thought about it, and I might try to stick with Chicago because I want to work at a smaller label and in LA all my connections are with bigger labels.

Q: Has Brick City made having a social life and schoolwork hard?

A: It hasn’t been too hard, I’ve met so many people through Brick City because it’s also involved with other student organizations within Scripps so you meet people within different student organizations not just Brick City and we’re trying to grow our internship too.

Thanks!
Jess

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