Confessions of a Capital Records intern
BY: ELIZABETH VILLAFAN
So you’ve all seen that tower, right? The round one in Hollywood located off of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. that is practically destroyed in every natural disaster movie out there? Well, I can say I have had the pleasure of interning there on and off for two years. Sure it may sound fun working at the place that helps create magical music for Katy Perry, Coldplay, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, but trust me its hard work. Interning in their publicity and sales departments, I have networked with some of the most creative people in the music industry. I have learned how to successfully implement a music marketing campaign, and deal with tedious intern tasks. However, with any internship, there are really cool things you get to experience along with the not-so-cool things.
I ran into Snoop Lion in an elevator once, and he gave me the most awesome advice. I was in a hurry to deliver an expense report for my supervisor when I sprinted into the elevator and almost knocked Snoop over. He then said something along the lines of “take it easy young one.” I now heavily rely on those five words to keep me calm when I feel like bursting into panic. We talked for fifteen seconds about my internship, and how if I work hard enough I would eventually succeed in life.
In addition to receiving words of wisdom in an elevator, I got to work the showcase for an alternative band named Capital Cities. I arrived at 10 a.m. to Capitol Records that day, and did not end up leaving until midnight. My day consisted of assembling 300 gift bags, decorating the venue, working the guest list, and, at some point, meeting the band and escorting Sophia Bush into the building.
The obvious perks of working at a record label would, of course, have to be the endless amount of free music, posters and shirts, and the experience of looking at the city from the roof.