We were lucky enough to get tri 3 Entertainment Business Management student, Sarah O'Malley, to take some time out in between everything she is up to to tell us about her time so far at JMC, the opportunities that have popped up along the way and how she is already injecting herself into the entertainment industry.
"I didn't previously realise that volunteering at festivals was actually a thing you could do, and that it had some awesome advantages from getting to see really great acts for free to networking within the industry"
How has your time been at JMC so far?
Amazing. The teachers have been super supportive the whole way through, whether it be with assignments or asking for professional advice. My classmates are some of the best people I've met and are already making massive steps into the industry themselves. Everything about JMC has been nothing but welcoming, supportive and positive, especially from the moment you walk in and out each day and get to talk to Alan, our door guy, for a bit.
How has JMC helped you enter the entertainment industry already?
JMC has shown me the possibilities that are out there, whether it be seeing what students in trimesters ahead of me are up to or hearing from our teachers about what they themselves have achieved in their careers and how we can learn from it. My head of department, Pat, has been really great at making sure the entertainment business management students in particular have chances at things like internships, volunteer roles and working roles.
You have recently began working with FBI Radio, tell us a little bit about how you ended up there and what you are up to with them?
I literally landed the role this week, which definitely made my whole month when I found out. I ended up there after attending a bunch of MusicNSW events last year and seeing FBi Radio being present for all of them. This in turn made me curious about what they did and how they did it, which led to me applying to volunteer for the station. I got offered the chance to be part of a group interview and a week later, got the confirmation I was in! I'll be starting as a Frontline volunteer, looking after the reception desk or music library at the station and helping out wherever I can.
You also have done some work with some Australian festivals, tell us about the experiences you have had with them so far?
So I've been involved with festivals since I volunteered as a stagehand at Australian Music Week in 2015. I didn't previously realise that volunteering at festivals was actually a thing you could do, and that it had some awesome advantages from getting to see really great acts for free to networking within the industry. Now I do it pretty regularly and I've been lucky enough to get some paid roles here and there in turn.
I've previously volunteered at Falls Festival, Lorne 2016 in vehicle entry and info tent roles, Spilt Milk, Canberra 2016 in a wristbanding role, St. Jerome's Laneway 2017 and 2018 as dressing room artist liaison and room escort, Maroochydore Music and Visual Arts Festival 2017 as an event assistant, Bigsound 2017 as a stagehand and Sydney City Limits 2018 as a cloak room assistant. I've also completed paid roles at The Plot 2016 as team hub assistant to The Plot 2017 as team hub manager and Spilt Milk 2017, Canberra as an ops runner.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying Entertainment Business at JMC?
Do it! It's been the best decision I've made in years to come and study Entertainment Business at JMC and I have no regrets about it whatsoever. It's a great place with incredibly knowledgeable staff and amazing students, couldn't recommend it highly enough.
To learn more about studying Entertainment Business Management, click here.