Damian was a singer-songwriter living in LA when he realised he needed to better understand the business side of the industry to get ahead. Now, his career in events is taking off.
If I didn’t have the work placement opportunities I was given at RMIT I would have found it very difficult to break into the industry – it’s very competitive and people look at your experience, not just where you studied.
"When I was in high school I had the opportunity to go on a music trip to perform in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Boston. This led to me working as a musician in LA once I finished school, but I realised there was a large business component to the industry I just didn’t understand. I returned to Melbourne and decided to study the the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) because I didn’t want to do a straight music degree, I wanted a course that catered to music production and business skills as well.
“In my first year at RMIT I joined the student-staff consultative committee, which led to being asked to join the Music Victoria student-staff committee. While at Music Victoria I was offered volunteer and paid positions at a number of community festivals and events; my first internship position was at Melbourne Fringe, and then I took advantage of Music Victoria’s close relationship with The Push Inc to land an internship at the Face the Music conference. After my internship there I was offered a position on The Push Inc’s Youth Advisory Committee, and that role led to countless other opportunities. I volunteered at festivals and events nearly every weekend from November to March, and then the next year was able to return to work for many of the same festivals in paid management positions.
“The internships I completed while studying have allowed me to build a network of contacts and have opened up countless opportunities for further work. My internships gave me the break into the industry I needed and laid the foundation for me to take advantage of the knowledge I gained in class.”
Since graduating, Damien has sat on the board for two companies, runs his own artist management business and is a product manager overseeing the release of five independent dance music labels in Melbourne.