Tell us a little about yourself and your experience.
I moved to LA in 2003 after I graduated from college. I signed a deal with Sony, worked at a law firm for 5.5 years, and started my own music management company. I currently manage artists and producers. In addition, I also work as Senior A&R for Legend Recordings and have my own show on idobi called Waldman’s Words.
What drove you to choose your career path?
It was an accident. I offered my services to a former guitar student and I became her manager.
How did you go about getting your job? What kind of education and experience did you need?
You do NOT need any degree or certification to be a music manager. However, my BA in English helped a lot.
What do you actually spend the majority of your time doing?
EVERY. DAY. IS. DIFFERENT. I send lots of emails.
What misconceptions do people often have about your job?
Too many to list.
What are your average work hours?
What personal tips and shortcuts have made your job easier?
Be organized. Keep a calendar. Be honest.
What do you do differently from your coworkers or peers in the same profession?
I just posted a picture of myself post-colonoscopy on Facebook.
Do you have any advice for people who need to enlist your services?
Make sure that you’re a business already!
What's the worst part of the job and how do you deal with it?
People who over promise and under deliver!
What's the most enjoyable part of the job?
What kind of money can one expect to make at your job?
How do you move up in your field?
Hard work and hard work and hard work.
What advice would you give to those aspiring to join your profession?
Read as many books, magazines, and articles about “the biz” as possible.