Music to the rescue

Orlando, FL | Miami, FL 

It seems no matter how many different directions I begin to take career wise, live music always finds me again and pulls me back in. A deeper interest in the non-profit industry recently had me looking at a wider variety of jobs in the past few months, as opposed to focusing on entertainment jobs like I had planned on doing for several years. But when the non-profit path wasn’t working out, I found an alternative.

I didn’t get a non-profit job in Salt Lake City, UT after two rounds of interviews but a couple days after I found out I didn’t get it, I was hired by Foundation Presents in Orlando to do marketing work for local venues like The Beacham and The Social. It doesn’t satisfy my burning desire to move out west but it’s at least something I know I will enjoy for the time being. Working for live music events always feels right to me and I’m of course thrilled to start going to free shows again. So thank you, Foundation, for the opportunity.

As an unintentional celebration for this new chapter, I headed to Miami this weekend to volunteer for a music event called House of Creatives Music Festival. I had the gig planned for a few weeks now, and found the timing to be absolutely perfect. It’s like live music came back into my life full force to remind me how much I love it and to not let go of it too quickly.

The festival in Miami was a small one at Virginia Key Beach Park, only on its second year, but with a great lineup. I got to see Wild Belle, alt-J, Washed Out and MGMT to name my favorite. All for $0. Another reason why I love working music events… 🙂 The work is fun to me as well because of the type of people the industry attracts and the energy that comes with the atmosphere. Everyone enjoys what they’re doing and wants everyone around them to enjoy it too. The environment is welcoming and comfortable, and people’s outfits rock. I did jobs like ID check, wrist-banding and customer service & sales at the box office throughout the two-day festival but meanwhile never missed a band I wanted to see.

House of Creatives Music Festival, alt-J, Miami
alt-J performing on the main stage at HOC

One of the best parts about working a festival is meeting a bunch of people around your age who are all about the music as well. I made some fun friends who I hope to hit up next time I make it down to Miami and even made some business contacts from L.A. Music has a way of bringing people together and that’s always been one of my favorite parts about it. I enjoyed the festival with new friends and found the Miami vibes exciting. For me, it’s always more fun to be on the inside of the festival. You get the perks, the inside scoop and in a way feel like the event is partly yours.

New friends (and fellow volunteers), Tati and Fernando

Getting out of Orlando for the weekend was a great way to refresh and inspire myself again. I explored Wynwood and the Wynwood Walls Monday morning before I headed home, and felt rejuvenated by all the art I got to experience over the weekend. Passing street art after street art while sipping on cold brew coffee from the legendary Panther Coffee is certainly enough to channel one’s hipster side.

I’m looking forward to the next time, Miami!

– Annaleigh






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