I was invited into a local school yesterday in order to give careers advice to year 9s considering their options beyond the school gates. I was very pleased to be amongst the bank worker, soldier and many more able to give an hour of their time to talk about their chosen professions.
My personal path to becoming an entertainment agent was as follows
1.played music in parents pub from age 14
2.Set up band at 17 and went on to make two records,appear on tv a few times and play hundreds of gigs but never make any money.
3. Play in band with song writers who went onto write for Take That and Spice Girls…but still make little money!
3. Set up next band. Make one record and write two songs featured in Sean Bean movie “When Saturday Comes”..make little money!!
4.Set up covers band and start getting paid.
I hope the students found it useful. I certainly would have valued a similiar talk at their age when I was unsure of anything other my burning desire to make music.
It’s great to be able to mentor young people and talk about your own work experiences and I would encourage anyone with the opportunity to do this to volunteer.