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Joining Centricity Music

October 5, 2010

Some thoughts on joining the Centricity Music family… and by family… I mean a business…

Hello, my name is Jon Sell.  I am the newest addition to the Centricity team.  My time at Centricity started approximately one year ago.  I started in artist management as an intern for Jeff Berry.  The internship was great.  Everyone made me feel at home and apart of things that were happening with the company.  I got to be apart of many projects including: worship collective song searches, the Bethlehem Skyline tour, a High Valley tour through Texas and some of the day to day tasks it takes to manage artists.

As my time as an intern and student at Belmont University was ending, I began to look for and consider full time jobs.  Thankfully, on my last day of my internship Steve Ford and I began a conversation about joining the marketing department as a manager of radio promotions.   We talked about the position for several weeks before the decision was made to take the position.  Since joining the marketing team around three months ago, I have been apart of many new projects including the release of all the current singles from each artist, marketing strategy meetings, implementation of those strategies, radio promo trips, and a radio conference in Orlando called Momentum.

If it wasn’t for the internship, I would never have had the opportunities to gain the experiences I have had in the music industry.  The time I spent working hard and building relationships with everyone in the company as an intern made the process of becoming an employee much easier.  If you are new to the work force or an industry it is very important that you take full advantage of every opportunity presented to you.

Here are some thoughts on being an intern to becoming an employee:

~Be teachable.  The people you are working for have experience.  Learn as much as you can from them.

~ Work hard and follow through with what you say you will do.

~Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

~ Communicate well.  In business communication is key.  Often times it needs to be quick and simple so everyone is on the same page.

~ It’s about the work and the hang.  You must be likeable.

~Humility goes a long way. Be willing to help wherever help is needed.  (For example, I think I assembled 25 pieces of furniture as an intern).

~ Be proactive.  Think about strategy and take advantage of the projects you are given.

~ Be attentive and present.  Listen and watch to see how business works in the real world.  Not everything is textbook like it is in class, you must be able to adapt.

~Build bridges.  Meet as many people as you can and follow up with them, so they remember you.

~ Have fun.  Be a joy to be around.  Make the best of the situation(even if it is data entry).

~Most importantly, Trust God, He is our provider.

Thanks for reading! I am looking forward to sharing more with you in the future.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaitlyn permalink
    October 5, 2010 9:04 AM

    Thanks John! I enjoyed reading this, because this is exactly what I want to do once I graduate from college. It’s nice to know what goes into having a job at a record label like Centricity.

  2. October 5, 2010 10:07 AM

    Well said! Your final list speaks “truth” on so many levels and in so many situations.

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  4. Jon Sell permalink
    October 8, 2010 3:06 PM

    Thanks everyone!

  5. October 16, 2010 9:04 AM

    hahahha data entry … so true though

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