Feature – Brittany Hagerty
Reblogged from Band Aid Records
What is your current job? I was working for Jac Vanek when I first moved to California and now I work for Allsaints, I am an assistant for a jewelery designer, Tour guide for pub crawls and I work for LiveNation. This is all just temporary fun stuff I do until I tour again in summer!
What three things are essential for tour? Laptop, cellphone and toothbrush!
What was your inspiration for Beat the Scene? After working for a few sites doing music journalism I wanted to have more control over everything that goes on so me and my 2 friends started Beatthescene.com. My personal inspiration was to help get musicians and artists of all genres names out there to get them the attention that they greatly deserved.
What projects are you currently working on? I am working on getting Beatthescene back up and running with a large staff so that less of the workload is on me and my co- worker who have not been able to do it alone for the past year. I am then leaving this summer again for the Scream It Like You Mean It festival!
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about your job? I think that a lot of people assume that if you are a girl in the music industry that you hook up with the bands and that’s the only way you have made it to where you are. The funny part about that is if you are someone to only hook up with dudes in bands for attention you absolutely will not be taken seriously enough to even be considered to work for the band. I also think people forget that is it still a job and yes it may be one of the best experiences and jobs over all but you still have so much responsibility ever single day.
What’s one thing you wish people would have warned you about the industry before you became involved? I luckily had a lot of people give me amazing advice and warned me about a lot but of course you can never learn as much from advice as you can from personal experience. I have learned hands on how shady, fake and money hungry people can become once they get to a position of high importance. It makes me sad how people forget where they came from and how fast a big ego can form even over the course of a few weeks. I think the best thing in the world is to meet or know of a band or industry person who still is as level headed and down to earth as they were in the beginning, it’s a breath of fresh air.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I more so live by these three quotes: “Everything happens for a reason.” “Never regret something that once made you smile.” “If you are not living your dream then someone else will.”
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? It was a marketing job I did at Fenway Park in Boston and it was literally the worst time of my life haha! It wasn’t music related in anyway but I can definitely say it was my least favorite. I could only take so much of the screaming drunk baseball fans.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Every bit of it is rewarding. When I get to wake up in a new state and have long rides where I see the country it makes me realize what is important in life. I have had so many life changing experiences on the road and when I meet people I know how much time I have with them so we never take it for granted. The people I have toured with have become not just good friends but they are my family and at the end of the day I am blown away that I get to consider that a job.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn? I had to learn that even your best friends can sometimes change completely when it comes to fame or fortune. Be very careful with what you say around anyone as well because your words can easily be turned against you in a negative way.
What artists are you listening to now? I am a big fan of Pandora because I can type in one of my favorite artists and it just opens me up to a plethora of new bands I have never heard of before that I usually end up getting addicted to. I love bands like Brand New, Lydia and The Postal Service but I also listen to the top 40s stuff when I’m in the mood as well as different stuff like Explosions In The Sky and Dubstep. I seriously listen to almost everything, it just depends on my mood at that moment!
Was there ever an incident where you felt you or someone else were treated unfairly in the music industry because of your/their gender? I do feel that way and as much as I can see where some people rules are stemming from I honestly still get upset when I hear the “no girl on tour rule”. I think that it may make sense in a lot of ways yet not everyone is the same and not every girl is able to handle tour life but there are many girls who are so talented and cut out for the road that I don’t think that should be a general rule ever. Sometimes having a girl around that can be the momager is exactly what a tour full of guys may need to even everything out.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I have had a plan for my life set out career wise since I was 14 and so far I have been determined to keep to it. I plan to continue tour managing as much as possible and eventually around 27 I plan to do just management. I think at that age I would want to be more settled but still completely involved with touring bands and be able to travel if I wanted to of course! The next step in my plan is to eventually own my own music venue so that I can have bands I’ve met over the years come through and also allow kids to have a place to hang out since I have met some of my current best friends thanks to shows and music.
What advice would you give to those who are trying to break into the industry but are unsure where/how to begin? If you put your mind to anything it will happen, your mind has so much control over your body so even if you feel like life has kicked you when you’re down, try even harder. The only person who can stop you from succeeding is yourself. The only time people will hate on you is when they are jealous of your success, so if you feel discouraged that means you need to work through it because you are actually completing the goals that other people are too scared to reach for.