In the current print issue of MusicRow InCharge, Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson shares the story of his career path from Arthur Andersen & Co. (pre-Enron) in the 90’s to Nashville’s Music Industry Publication, MusicRow. He discusses the executives profiled in the InCharge magazine who helped guide his way and made a huge impact on his career.
“These pages in InCharge list the most influential people in our industry, but that influence is not limited to artists, their music and our industry’s commerce. That influence affects us all in unique and personal ways through our relationships, our careers and even our friendships,” says Robertson.
Many people on the Row have stories about how the decision makers in InCharge have impacted their careers, or maybe how the magazine itself led to opportunities.
We would love to hear YOUR story.
Email your story to Sarah Skates at [email protected] or call her at 499-5419.
Here’s Cindy Heath’s story:
It was the last semester of my senior year of college. I was sitting on a charter bus watching the miles pass by between Florence, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee as our music business senior class traveled to Music City for a ‘field trip’ to tour labels, publishing companies and studios, hosted by University of North Alabama alumni.
One week later I would be making the drive again to interview for an internship with RCA Label Group. Ever the model student, I did everything I could to prepare for the interview so I could make a favorable impression with my knowledge and passion for the business. I had checked out a copy of 1996’s MusicRow InCharge magazine from the university library to study it on the ride to Nashville and quickly flipped to then RLG General Manager Randy Goodman’s profile. I memorized his photo, history, hobbies and memberships so I would know everything I needed to know beyond the classroom before the next week’s interview. And then I studied every other InCharge profile for key players at the company because that’s what an overachiever does. Somehow this uptight student made a favorable impression on Randy and his staff because I received an internship offer with the company.
Fast forward fourteen years and several career iterations and I find myself with my own company, Monarch Publicity. While that in and of itself is a huge personal achievement, I giggled like a schoolgirl when I saw my face and bio first appear in 2011’s MusicRow InCharge issue. To me, it meant I had finally arrived.
That’s my InCharge story. What’s yours?