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Rising Stars: Meet Brandy Robidoux

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Robidoux.

Hi Brandy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I cut my teeth in the music industry in New York City. I studied journalism at the University of Massachusetts and would move to NYC every summer to intern. I said yes to every opportunity that fell across my lap and no task was too small for me. Eventually, my resume landed on the desk of someone at Billboard magazine, which was my first real paid writing gig. It took a while to get my foot in the door, but I can attest that being nice and making strong connections will get your further than anything else.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It was anything but smooth. New York City is an expensive place to kick-start your career, and my family definitely didn’t have money to help me. I lucked out one summer when I won a scholarship to support my first internship. The next summer, I took out loans to live in NYC and intern again for free. Entertainment and especially music journalism is so oversaturated, you have to be willing to do anything to make it work.

I also started out interning at fashion magazines, which I quickly learned wasn’t for me. That was such a tumultuous time. My first day interning at a major fashion magazine, they kept me until midnight. I was so tired and almost quit right then and there. Fashion work is anything but glamorous.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work? What was the most special or rewarding part of your job?
I dabble in a few parts of the music industry, but I’m a journalist first and foremost. I love telling stories, and one of my favorite parts of my job is discovering emerging artists. There’s so many talented, deserving artists out there, and I wish I could highlight them all.

I’ve had several celebrities tell me that they felt like an old friend while getting interviewed by me. That’s always so special to hear. At the end of the day, human connection is the most important thing we all have to give.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’m always looking to meet new creatives in LA, rising singers, or fellow journalists. I thrive on collaboration and meeting new people and telling their stories is my favorite thing in the world.

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