I wrote this last year when someone asked me to explain how I got started in the music biz. Someone asked me to repost it a few months ago and I hadn't saved it. I thought it was lost during one of our board purges, but I was able to retrieve it from my cache. (Just goes to show, nothing really dies in cyberspace).
Anyway, for your reading enjoyment.... "How I Got Started In This Business."
OK, kiddies. Gather round. And try not to fall asleep...
I was raised in California, the eldest of three, and started studying piano when I was seven. In my first 12 years, I moved around a lot. Music and sports were a constant -- Little League baseball, Pop Warner football, and piano lessons. My father was a mechanical engineer working on various aeronautics contracts. I attended five schools before the end of 6th grade. My parents settled in Calabasas in the San Fernando Valley-section of Los Angeles in 1971 when my dad got hooked up with the Space Shuttle Program and we stopped moving around for awhile.
I went to Agoura High School a "few years" before the Linkin Park, Incubus and Hoobastank lads. I ditched piano and started playing acoustic guitar in 9th grade once I realized I wasn't going to be captain of the football team, but girls liked guys who could play and sing Dan Fogelberg and CSN&Y songs.
I was always a good student, but found much of high school boring, especially towards the end. So, I finished high school a year early and started taking classes at Cal State Northridge. At 17, I was one of the youngest students at Northridge and I was pretty intimidated by the whole thing. At 18, I decided to see the world. So in 1978 and '79, I traveled around Europe and the Middle East, spending a 12-month stint as a tractor driver on a kibbutz in the Negev Desert.
After my travels, I ended up at UCLA where I got a degree in Philosophy, mostly because I heard it was the hardest major and I wanted to see if I was up to the challenge. Also, I was planning on going to law school, and I heard that Philosophy was a good pre-law major. After college, I got a Paralegal Certificate from the UCLA School of Law and worked as a Paralegal in the Litigation Department of a big, Park Ave., New York law firm called (and I kid you not) Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson and Casey -- be glad you're not the receptionist at that place. It was during that time that I realized I absolutely, positively DID NOT want to be a lawyer.
It was also during that time that I started studying advertising at the New School in Greenwich Village.
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