The entertainment industry has plenty of opportunities for hard-working and determined people. JMC Alumni Gabe Matute shares how studying at JMC opened his eyes to how wide the industry is.
Originally from Venezuela, Gabe joined JMC as an international student and has been working steadily in Australia since graduating from JMC Academy’s Entertainment Business Management degree. He is currently an Account Manager at brand and content agency Designlogic (Sydney). We caught up with him recently:
- When you started at JMC, did you know what sort of career you wanted? What did it look like?
When I first started studying at JMC, my dream was to eventually work within the music industry in Australia. I thought that being part of the marketing department of a big label like Warner Music would be the most fun job I could ever have.
- Did studying at JMC change your perspective on the entertainment industry? If so, in what way?
It certainly did! It showed me that ‘entertainment’ covers so much more than music! I also learned that the entertainment industry is quite a challenging industry and you need to have an ‘X factor’ and plenty of determination to be part of it.
- You’ve had so many interesting roles since you graduated. Can you tell us about some of them?
Two of my favourite roles were Sales Coordinator at Australian Radio Network (ARN) and Account Coordinator at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). Those are two of the biggest media companies in the country and being able to work for them was a privilege! It has also given me more value as an employee within Australia’s workforce.
- What’s the best thing about working in the entertainment industry?
The perks! Haha this is by far the best thing that you will have access to, if you ever work for a big corporation like ARN: concert tickets, movie tickets, private parties, flashy Christmas events, the opportunity to bump into famous people (like James Blunt) and so forth.
- What advice would you give to students who want a career like yours?
You need hard work, dedication and determination! One thing I’ve learned in my journey is that if you can’t get the role of your dreams today, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get it eventually. Remember that there are lots of opportunities out there.
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