The Big Music Project is a fantastic initiative. They run events all over the country to help young people take their projects to the next level. The Champion Development Days are filled with activities and industry guests, who are there to support you out and connect you with like-minded people. But what can you do to make sure you get the most out of your Champion Development Day? I’ve been to a few of them now, so below is my quick guide to making the most of the occasion:
This may seem a little obvious, but people from my own hub have not attended past Champion Development Days because they believed that could get all of the information from the people who do go… this is NOT the case. You are a unique individual, so you’re likely to have different interests, compared to the other people in your hub. On the day, all of your friends will likely be seeking out different information, so it is incredibly important that you attend the day.
2) Listen To The Panel
If you’re not planning on becoming a professional DJ, it’s easy to assume that someone who has opened up their own DJ Academy won’t have any useful advice to help you. This couldn’t be more wrong. You can learn something from anyone on the day. Most of the stories are about how they got to where they are and how they overcame obstacles; these stories related to almost any area of the music industry, and sometimes even outside it.
3) Ask questions
If you hear someone talking about something that is of interest to you, ask them about it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never spoken to them before, because they will probably be really excited that someone is interested in their own story. They will be more than likely to happily share their best tips and hints. If you don’t ask a question, you won’t get an answer – so don’t be scared. If they don’t have an answer, they will point you in the right direction.
4) Take Notes
Write stuff down! Whether it’s answers to questions you’ve asked, good advice from the panel, information from a workshop or just some of your thoughts, it’s the best way to make use of information on the day. You don’t want to get home only to find that you’ve forgotten something important you had been told during the day. If you write it down, you can refer to it whenever you need to.
5) Make New Friends
These days are about learning new things and networking. It’s really good to know people in the industry you want to go into. Networking throughout the day is easy. Ask for an email or Twitter handle and follow each other. The day doesn’t end when you leave the building, because you can always get in touch with people on the Internet. So, make sure you get details from the relevant people. You never know when you might need some help or a little advice.
6) Take An Instrument (If You Play One)
Chances are, you’re going to be in a room all day full of people who are all interested in music. Taking an instrument you play is always going to be a safe bet. There might be an open mic where you can showcase your talent, and even if there isn’t, I’m sure someone will ask for a sing-a-long at some point.
So, those are my Top 6 tips for a great Championship Development Day. Make sure you’re fully prepared and I’m sure you’ll have a great day.
Ashleigh is teen lifestyle blogger, singer/songwriter, young PR guru and Big Music Champion. You can learn more about Ashleigh’s antics on Twitter (@_not_typical_), Instagram (@the_un_typical) or simply check out her awesome blog www.not-a-typical-teenager.blogspot.com