How to Get Started Working at a Music Label
In Chapter 7 of 15, University of Michigan graduate Andy Epstein leaves teaching for music, starting fresh in his late 20s. The transition leads him to a temp agency which then offers him a job placement with Island Def Jam Records.
Erik Michielson: So how did transition occur? Andrew Epstein: Someone said, “All you want to get into music industry; I know the temp agency that places temps in the music industry.” That’s why I’m this point I’m looking for something and I’ll go signed up to that temp agency and I remember the appointment was for September 12, 2001 and it was obviously canceled because that was right after September 11. And then I went in two weeks later and I took a Microsoft Word test and a Microsoft Excel test and I sat down with someone and he actually was a Michigan State alumnus but we agreed that we could be friends. And he said, “You did really well in the Word test in the Excel test and you seem like a good guy. I’ll place you with the temp gig and one of the record companies.” And two weeks later, I filled in for someone on Jury Duty as an assistant and the business legal department there on Def Jam. I answered the phones and I sent faxes. I typed up some cover letters for the faxes. Erik Michielson: At true entry level job. Andrew Epstein: Yeah as entry level as it gets.