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5 in 5! with Nate, Operations Coordinator for AEG Live

March 1, 2012

AEG Live logoAEG Live (Intern page: @aegliveinterns) is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates and exclusively books 35 venues. Goldenvoice, the company’s Southern California- based regional division, hosts the most critically acclaimed music festivals in the U.S. – Coachella and Stagecoach are among the top two.

Nate Ross graduated in 2010 with a Music Industry degree from the University of Southern California. While attending USC he interned in the Goldenvoice Marketing department and was eventually offered a position as Internship Coordinator for AEG Live. After graduation, he continued working in that role with the company. Two years later, he now serves as the Operations Coordinator for the company.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

Nate Ross, Operations Coordinator AEG LiveI’ve been involved with live music for a very long time as a saxophone player, but I started getting interested in the live entertainment business when I attended USC. I majored in Music Industry and took a couple of classes in concert production and promotion. My intro concerts professor recommended me for an internship with Goldenvoice, and I jumped at the opportunity to work with a promoter of that caliber. From there I continued to work in a variety of roles until recently arriving in my current role as Operations Coordinator.

The best way to get involved with live entertainment is through internships. Internships offer people a chance to see the industry from the inside, test their skills in the field they want to pursue, and ultimately figure out their next step; be it with another company in the same field, somewhere else in entertainment or somewhere else completely. Getting a great internship experience is really important for honing skills and building networking contacts that will serve you throughout your career.

2. What’s the future of your industry and job?

I’m really excited to see where AEG Live and AEG go in the next few years, specifically how we leverage AXS, AXS TV, and Farmers Field in downtown LA.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

I look for candidates whose experience on their resume points to a strong interest in the live entertainment industry. This usually involves a few prior internships in the same sort of field (agency, management company, production house, promoter, venue, etc.) and/or some sort of involvement at their college, such as being on the concert committee. I also look to see if they have a major that’s compatible with the internship they’re applying to. Nobody’s ruled out of the process automatically by their major, but I would have to wonder if I saw an electrical engineering student apply for a marketing internship.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

I really appreciate it when I’m interviewing a candidate and it’s obvious that they know a lot about the company and the industry and they’re excited to be a part of what we’re doing here. It’s a little disappointing when I’m interviewing somebody and it seems like they’re just trying to get any internship they can or they don’t really know what they’re talking about…or worse, confuse us with another company.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…

Positive: Any time someone starts as an intern and stick around as an employee because of their internship experience is a great thing. I’m happy to say it’s happened quite a few times in the time I’ve been here.

Horror: During a phone interview, I once asked a candidate what he knew about the company. He told me to hang on for a second, which I quickly realized was a signal that he was going to look up the company on the web while I was on the line. I pretty much wrote him off for doing this since not only was he totally unprepared but also because he had the audacity to read the company line to me! He did just that, and I ended the interview immediately. The stakes to get an internship here are incredibly high not only because entertainment is such a popular industry but also because of AEG Live’s prominence in events, tours and festivals. We don’t have time to humor students who don’t take our internship program seriously.

AEG Live has Twitter and Facebook pages specifically for their internship program. They’re currently hiring interns in cities all across the country, click to learn more and apply.

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