A panel of industry experts visited Nescot on Tuesday (September 29) for a question-and-answer session with the college’s music students.
They spent hours answering the students’ questions on the industry, giving practical advice and chatting about career paths, as well as performing.
“We’re really grateful to Matt, Rebecca and Dan for giving up so much of their time to help the students,” said Sapphira Gold, Section Leader for Music.
“We put a real focus on preparing the students to work in the industry, and we know it’s really valuable for them to hear advice that’s relevant to them from professionals already working there.
“As a team we have a lot of experience between us in different areas, but it’s really important that the students get to see and hear things from as many different perspectives as possible.”
In response to questions, the panel talked about the value of networking and how to make contacts, career options and the relationships between roles, and their views on the future of the industry.
They also told the students how to market themselves effectively, the best ways to use social media, how to stand out and how to increase their chance of getting signed.
Speaking afterwards, second-year student Lewis Crosdale said: “It was really useful. For me, the best thing was to hear directly from people who are doing stuff I want to do, because it shows you can get there.”
Matt Cooling studied Performing Arts at Nescot and is now director at Soundbox, a Sutton-based record label and publishing house which last summer opened a recording studio in the town centre.
“For me, chatting to students is about trying to give something back and help them in any way I can to get to where they want to be,” he said.
“We wanted to be able to pass on our knowledge and experience, and hopefully that will help the students in their future careers.”