The Importance of Finding Your Girl Gang by Gina Scarpino
When I first started college in 2013, my dream was to be a music journalist that wrote honest and probing stories about musicians and the industry as a whole (the goal was to be the female equivalent of William from Almost Famous). That dream quickly changed my sophomore year when I really saw how much I wanted to work in the music industry instead of just write about it. Changing paths was really difficult at first because I didn't have any friends in my new program at school and was having a difficult meeting new people in my music business classes. But as I started to immerse myself in various music related projects in and outside of school, I started meeting a bunch of incredible people, specifically some awesome ladies who are now easily some of the smartest and most talented people I know.
As a lady trying to break into the industry, it's so important to create a positive, hopeful, and inspiring group of friends to surround yourself with. Throughout my time in college, there have been quite a few people who have tried to tell me I wouldn't reach my goals or that I would never make it in the music industry. As much as it blows to hear people tell you that you won't amount to anything, having an incredibly supportive group of friends has gotten me through it. My immediate group of close friends is pretty much all boss-ass women who not only understand what it feels like to have someone try to tear you down, but they also showed me how important it is to use that negativity to fuel your fire and push yourself even harder to prove those people wrong.
Another reason why it's important to find a solid girl gang is because they all know how it feels to work 100 times harder than anyone else in the industry. They recognize the gender barriers, so as a result of it, it helps with supporting and respecting other women you work with. Sure it sucks that we have to work so much harder to reach our goals, but it would be a lot harder to try and reach those goals without the support of other ladies that see how hard you're working and support you as a result of it. If you're able to prove yourself, other women will recognize that. I remember one of my favorite professors in college told me that if she needs to hire someone for a position, she's probably more likely to hire a female out of a qualified pool of candidates because she knows how much work they've had to put in to make it in the industry.
The lovely group of ladies that I have surrounded myself with has really changed me, which is really why it made me realize how important it is to have that support around you. I've been able to surround myself with ladies who are interested in so many different aspects of the music industry, which in turn has helped me to learn so much. Over the last 3 1/2 years, I've easily learned more from them then I have in any classroom (sorry Mom and Dad). They've given me confidence I never thought I had, taught me to charge head-first into the unknown, and they've helped push me extra hard to continue working my butt off to reach my goals.
As important as it is to find your girl gang, it's also just so important to support other women in the industry (and in general) regardless. There are so many hardworking and talented ladies out there that unfortunately go unnoticed, and that needs to change. But, if we all band together and support each other, there's nothing we can't do. I can't wait to see all these incredible women take over the industry, because if there's one thing I know for sure, it's that the future is female.