What My Internship at Proper John Music Taught Me…
For the past two months, my business partner (Eros) and I had interned at a Miami record label, “Proper John Music” alongside 49 interns. Eros interned as a business manager, and my role was as a media specialist. Before I start to talk about the lessons I had learned, let me provide you with a little bit of context about how I got a spot at the record label.
In the beginning of summer 2017, Eros and I had just recently agreed on fulfilling the idea of operating our own business. We were preparing ourselves for our first “true” entrepreneurial endeavor. We had no intention of interning anywhere, but instead, to focus, and invest 100% of our time into our new agency. Around the first couple of days of summer break, Eros introduced the internship to me, and how he was considering being a part of it. I didn’t think much about it, as I was so focused on getting our agency’s feet off the ground. During one of our meetings, Eros told me he decided to work for Proper John as an intern. I was a bit thrown off, as I was intending on using every second on our new business, but instead of reacting, I took action. I decided to intern as well, and Eros got me an interview with Proper John (the guy in charge) the day before the internship officially started. I went into the interview, and crushed it, agreeing to start the next morning, for the next 8 weeks, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, Monday-Friday. That’s a lot of time to invest in an UNPAID internship, but my thinking was that I’d have access to my business partner so that we could work on our business during a few of the hours of the internship everyday, (which we did). Now we have made some progress with our business, and have taken some big losses, that have taught us major lessons.
Working for John for the past two months has taught me a few key lessons:
- Any internship won’t teach A THING about the world of business at a logistic level. No matter what you’ve been told, or expected, the internship itself will not teach you the practical steps in starting your own business, or taking an entrepreneurial approach to your career. You may learn something from your boss about your scenario, but I would consider that to be more of a “mentorship”.
- Take advantage of the people you meet and interact with. Link up with your other fellow interns, work with them, collaborate, and help them with their obligations, and become friends with them. These are the people who will be of great value to you in the long run. Plus, why not have an extra friend or two (or 49) in the short term?
- Have a daily schedule. If you want to pursue a life of business/entrepreneurship, you will realize how effective it is to have a schedule. Working for John gave me a responsibility to get to the office at certain times, which slices a chunk of my available time during the day. I worked around this by essentially “hacking” my schedule. I have certain goals I want to accomplish, but “not enough time” in the day, so I prioritize. Instead of getting 8 hours of sleep, I get 5:30–6 hours of sleep, and distribute my 18 hours according to my goals. Here’s what that looks like:
5:00 AM — wake up. Write my goals down in a legal pad at my bedside.
5:10 AM — take a shower.
5:15 AM — eat breakfast.
5:30 AM — brush my teeth
5:35 AM — read.
6:35 AM — watch a video based on a subject that will improve my thinking/expand my knowledge. (online video course/business class)
8:00 AM — take a bus to Proper John office.
9:00 AM — daily Proper John meetings
10:00 AM — daily Proper John activities.
12:30 PM — lunch break (have daily internal business lunch meeting with Eros at the Southeast Financial Center)
1:40–2:00 PM — head back to office and continue to work.
3:30–4:00 PM — take a bus back home.
5:00 PM — edit/film for personal brand
7:00 PM — dinner.
7:30 PM — FLVS virtual school.
8:30 PM — Tai Lopez marketing course.
9:45 PM — log off of Tai Lopez course, and prepare for bed
10:00 PM —write an article for Medium
10:45 PM — go to bed and read myself to sleep (I’d be asleep around 11:30)
wake up at 5:00 AM again.
Now, of course my day doesn’t ALWAYS go according to schedule, but having a set goal for the day, gives me a clear vision of what needs to be accomplished that day, and in what time span it needs to be done.
Ultimately, the number one thing I have taken from my time working for John is having a connection to the other interns, and having built a few friendships out of it, as well as creating a schedule that is built purely to accomplish my ambitions. Once you stop worrying about the “what” you will learn from your internship, focus on the people you have been surrounded with, the time you have available, and the goals you want to accomplish, and hack your schedule to do so. Once you do so, you’ll start to see your daily life take some form, and have a bit more of a purpose.
Also, if you’re reading this John, thanks for the opportunity at the record label, it gave some insight of the music industry, but more importantly, it introduced me to some great people I will most definitely be working with in the not too long future.
(and for those reading this, thank you, for your attention.)