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The First Act Podcast

The First Act Podcast

By Harrison Goldstein
This podcast features Harry G's perspective on how to break in to today's entertainment industry. Harry provides his perspective, breaks down the skills you need, how to establish your network, and much more.
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Turning Your Love of Music into a Job with Portia Sabin, President of Music Business Association (Part 1)
Today’s episode features Portia Sabin. Portia is an evangelist leading the new wave of the music business. With experience as a drummer, talent manager and former president of the legendary indie label, Kill Rock Stars, Portia currently heads up the Music Business Association. Each year, Music Biz organizes countless events for students, c-suite execs and future industry leaders. Listen in as we discuss tangible ways to gain experience when you are just finding your footing. This is an episode you won’t want to miss!
June 17, 2021
Mini-Clip: Harry Shares Vision Behind Podcast | Entering the Job Market in Entertainment
On today’s episode, the tables have turned and our marketing coordinator, Erica Bell will be interviewing me. In these smaller episodes, I will be sharing advice, experience, and my path in entertainment, why I started the podcast and a bunch of other fun stories.
June 11, 2021
Mini-Clip: Harry Shares Vision Behind Podcast | Why to Always Provide Excellence
On today’s episode, the tables have turned and our marketing coordinator, Erica Bell will be interviewing me. In these smaller episodes, I will be sharing advice, experience, and my path in entertainment, why I started the podcast and a bunch of other fun stories.
June 4, 2021
From Bartender to Talent Manager with Dougie Bohay, manager for Steve Aoki
Today’s episode features talent manager, Dougie Bohay. Dougie and I break down his unique journey going from bartender to managing the career of legendary DJ & record producer, Steve Aoki. If you want to learn how to break in and make a name for yourself, this is one episode you do not want to miss!
May 20, 2021
Building Sustainable Disruptive Businesses with Pascal Pilon, Founder & CEO of LANDR
Today’s episode features Pascal Pilon, serial tech entrepreneur & CEO of the disruptive music mixing and mastering technology, LANDR. Listen in as he walks us through his career, what it takes to build multiple sustainable businesses from the ground up, and the future of the music business. Right here, on the first act podcast
May 14, 2021
Building Your Career as a Writer & Producer with Tim Chan, Rolling Stone & Billboard Magazine
Today’s special guest is Tim Chan. Tim is an accomplished writer and producer. He currently is the Director of Products & Commerce at both Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine. Listen as Tim shares his humble experience navigating the entertainment industry as a writer, producer and entrepreneur, right now, on the first act podcast.
May 7, 2021
Post-Covid Music Industry: The New Wave of Audience Interaction with Mandolin's Mary Kay Huse
On this episode of the pod, Harry sits down with Mary Kay Huse, Co-Founder and CEO of Mandolin, a company that specializes in live-streaming concerts. With the complications of the coronavirus pandemic stopping venues from hosting in-person concerts, Mandolin has succeeded in keeping fans engaged and keeping artists performing. Harry and Mary Kay chat about all things Mandolin and the future of live-streaming technology in the music industry. Be sure to hear all about it on this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast.
April 29, 2021
Finding Your Niche With Career Whisperer Jonathan Tesser
On this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast, Harry sits down with Career Whisperer and LinkedIn-fluencer Jonathan Tesser. Jonathan helps students and young professionals find their niche in the corporate world in whatever industry is right for them. He and Harry give advice on how to find your own personal path to a career and give some insights you don’t want to miss - all on this week’s episode of, The First Act Podcast!
April 22, 2021
The intersection of media, entertainment and NFTs with Jesus Martinez
On this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast, we talk with Jesus Martinez. At only 24 years old, Jesus is a rising star in the intersection of media, entertainment and NFTs. Jesus has worked in VC and strategy at companies such as Disney and Hearst, and advised multiple C-level executives. He has also become well-versed in the NFT and cryptocurrency space. He gives us a peek into how the worlds of entertainment and cryptocurrency will interact in the near future. Gain some great insights from someone who has such a versatile background here on the First Act Podcast.
April 15, 2021
Building Your Career as an International Music Marketing Executive with Carole MacDonald (Virgin Records, EMI Music)
On this week’s episode we have Carole MacDonald. As an international music expert, Carole brings over a quarter of a century’s worth of experience in the industry to the First Act Podcast. Listen as Harry talks with Carole about her storied career and how she has become so incredibly successful. You are guaranteed to hear some amazing stories and learn a great deal in this week’s episode of The First Act Podcast.
April 2, 2021
Escaping the Pigeon-Hole with Katie Kramer, music manager
On this episode of the First Act Podcast we have music manager Katie Kramer. She talks about how agency life paved her career path and taught her invaluable lessons along the way. She is now a music manager for some top talent, including Lulu Simon and Lukas Nelson. Listen in as Katie gives incredible tips on how to escape being pigeonholed as indie artists only here on the First Act Podcast
March 25, 2021
Peeking Behind the Curtain of Publicity with Rebecca Shapiro, SVP at Shore Fire Media
On this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast, Harry sits down with Rebecca Shapiro, Senior Vice President of Publicity at Shore Fire Media. They talk about the role a publicist plays in the music industry as Rebecca provides tips for students looking to fill this position in the future. These are sure fire tips you don’t want to miss, only here on the First Act Podcast.
March 18, 2021
Creating your gravitational pull with Chris Lakey, SVP Creative Synch @ Kobalt Music Publishing
This week’s featured guest is the incredible Chris Lakey. Chris is the Senior Vice President of Creative Synch Licensing at Kobalt Music. Listen as he and Harry delve into the world of sync licensing and chat about the music industry as a whole. Chris provides a wealth of knowledge and is a great source of inspiration and education for students, artists, managers, and seasoned industry professionals. You will not hear these insights anywhere but here on this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast.
March 11, 2021
Interview with Mike Ceglio, Head of Digital Distribution at Repost by Soundcloud
On today’s episode of the First Act Podcast, Harry sits down with Mike Ceglio, the Head of Digital Distribution at Repost by Soundcloud. They talk about Mike’s professional journey and how learning about all of the different players in the industry can help shape your own career path. Learn tips of the trade and valuable information from an industry professional that you won’t get anywhere else on this week’s episode of The First Act Podcast.
March 4, 2021
Inside Warner Music U with Karlie Keaveney
On this week’s episode, Harry sits down with Karlie Keaveney. She is the Senior Manager of Warner Music University, a program that works with college students as an introductory step into the music industry. Listen as Karlie gives tips on how to stand out in your application and what benefits being a part of Warner Music U can have for students, only on this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast.
February 25, 2021
How artists can build and monetize their fanbase using Twitch with Karen Allen, live streaming expert and author of Twitch For Musicians
On today’s episode, Harry sits down with author and livestream expert, Karen Allen. They discuss the history and future of streaming and how it is used to build communities while also developing the authenticity of the creator. Learn how musicians and indie artists can find success on Twitch and other livestreaming platforms, only on this week’s episode of the First Act Podcast!
February 18, 2021
Building an artist's career and developing brand image with "Parkside" Mike Renaud, A&R and artist manager
This week’s episode features legendary Canadian manager and founder of Hidden Pony Records “Parkside” Mike Renaud. Parkside and Harry talk about Mike’s career path, including working with bands like Sum 41 and JUNO Award-winning band The Dirty Nil. They talk about Parkside’s journey and tips for indie artists on honing your craft and using analytics to create your brand. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.
February 11, 2021
How to make yourself presentable to industry professionals with Adam Samuels, Product Manager at United Talent Agency
Hey everyone and welcome back to the First Act Podcast. On today’s episode, we have Adam Samuels. Adam just started a new role as a product manager at UTA, helping streamline and optimize business processes and operations. Prior to that, Adam worked in artist management with artists such as X Ambassadors and Yungblud. Today, he and Harry chat about the future of the product manager role within the music industry and how to make yourself more presentable to industry professionals.
February 5, 2021
Finding mentorship and reaching the unreachable with Mia Zeidler, senior at UC Santa Cruz
Mia Zeidler is in her fourth year at UC Santa Cruz pursuing a B.A. in Film & Digital Media with a minor in Music Production. Currently working as a music assistant at Creative Control Entertainment, Mia is seeking a career in music editorial for Film, TV, and video games. Find out right now how Mia acquired a skill set as a teenage skater in the streets of California to getting in touch with those who are seemingly unreachable.
January 22, 2021
How to stand out in an interview with Taylor Weil, Human Resources at United Talent Agency
Originally from Boston. Taylor moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the Music Business. After three years in Nashville, Taylor made the jump to LA where she managed and developed pop artists. Taylor realized her true passion was in shaping the careers and lives of her peers and colleagues, not those of creatives. She leveraged her five years’ experience in Music Business to land a job in Human Resources at United Talent Agency where she currently works in Learning & Development. At UTA, Taylor coaches Agent Trainees on the skills they need to reach their own goals and to best prepare for a successful career as a talent agent. Today, we chat about best practices on networking and how to stand out in an interview. You’re hearing it right here, right now from HR at UTA!
January 14, 2021
Interview with Kevin Ramsey about YouTube merchandising
Few in the licensing or creator industries have had so much success at such a young age. Coming off the huge independent, entrepreneurial success of founding Hungercraft, Kevin began his career in licensing at Jazwares where he had the opportunity to sign and manage massive brands. In 2018 he switched sides of the table and lead the licensing program at Roblox before eventually leaving to found Warren James.
January 7, 2021
Interview with Eleonora Bianchi, Head of Digital Sales at Universal Music Group Italy
Our guest, Eleonora Bianchi, is calling in all the way from Italy. She got her start in the music business at 13 years old and is now Head of Digital Sales for UMG Italy. Eleonora walks us through her unique path breaking in and how she created her own role at UMG. We also chat about how independent artists can thrive in today’s digital world.
January 1, 2021
Interview with Matt Urmy, founder and CEO of Artist Growth
On today’s episode, we’ve got Matt Urmy. Matt is the founder and CEO of Artist Growth, a cloud-based software which helps streamline workflow for music professionals. As an independent musician and poet, Matt shared his expertise and perspective on how indie artists can use social media to connect with, and grow, their audience and how to thrive while attracting attention from labels, management and agencies.
December 24, 2020
Interview with Samantha Weigand, Manager of Tour Marketing (Epic Records)
Today’s episode featured Samantha Weigand. Sam works at Epic Records and splits up her time as a tour marketing manager and handling label finances. Sam works with incredible artists such as AJ Mitchell, Black Eyed Peas, Madison Beer, and many more. She’s here today to share her path breaking in and how to excel on the label side of the music biz.
December 17, 2020
Interview with Elena Robustelli on how students can gain experience and stand out (Internships: Live Nation, Atlantic Records)
On today's episode we've got Elena Robustelli. Although she's only a college senior, she has amassed loads of music industry work experience working at festivals, Atlantic records and is also an active participant at Warner Music Group's career classroom series. Elena shares some incredible tricks on how to stand out and get experience in entertainment as a teenager and also how to market yourself properly in interviews.
December 10, 2020
Interview with David Winther, music entrepreneur (former agent at WME and UTA)
Today, I sit with David Winther. David is a music entrepreneur with so much experience forging strategic partnerships and putting together huge live experiential events across the globe. Before launching his boutique creative agency, David spent the greater half of a decade working as a talent agent at UTA. Together, we walk through the interview process and what it’s like starting out in the mailroom at WME. This is real, actionable industry advice that you won’t find anywhere else!
November 26, 2020
Interview with Paul Bradley, Founder & CEO of MasterTour
Today, I sit with touring industry entrepreneur, Paul Bradley. Paul is the founder of Eventric and creator of the notorious software, MasterTour. If you have entrepreneurial spirit, and strive to make a different in your industry, this episode is definitely one to check out. Paul walks us through his story of being a drummer in a touring band to building the leading touring software used by thousands of artists. This is an episode you don’t wanna miss!
November 19, 2020
Interview with Paul "Relli" Barber, playback engineer (One Republic, Thomas Rhett, Miguel)
We have playback engineer, Paul Relli Barber. Relli walks us through his career from getting a taste of fame when his band got signed, to producing records in DC and Nashville, to working as a playback engineer for some of the largest concerts.  Relli has worked with One Republic, Miguel, Thomas Rhett, and many more incredible artists who write and sing your favourite songs.  Today, Relli teaches me what a playback engineer does and his philosophy on breaking into today's entertainment biz.
November 12, 2020
Interview with Angel Juarbe, Tour Merchandising Expert
Today, we have tour merchandising expert, Angel Juarbe. Angel walks us through his career growing up in the projects of South Bronx to landing his very first internship in music distribution. Angel’s career has had so many incredible twists and turns from discovering and signing Taking Back Sunday, to developing an entire career on the road working with countless celebrities including Shawn Mendes, Pearl Jam, and even Michelle Obama! This episode is for everyone out there who wants to develop valuable contacts in music, making a comfortable living, and travel the world.
October 29, 2020
Interview with Jimmy Whisenhunt, competitive gaming and live stream pioneer + music partnerships manager for Twitch
Today, we have gaming and live stream pioneer Jimmy Whisenhunt. Jimmy walks us through his career as a competitive gamer, to becoming a commentator for ESEA, to consulting for gaming companies, and forging music and business development partnerships at Twitch for the past 6 years. If you are a gamer, an indie artist, or someone who aspires to a career in entertainment, this is one episode... you don’t want to miss!
October 22, 2020
Interview with Phil Ranta, online media & gaming executive
Phil Ranta, an executive and futurist in the online media and gaming industry. As a pioneer in this field, he has worked with numerous companies, 2 of which were acquired in the past 6 years! He has worked at Facebook, and as a comedian for a cruise line. What he’s working on now will be a major part of the future of social networking and gaming. This one... you don’t want to miss!
October 15, 2020
Interview with Zito, veteran production manager for BackStreet Boys, Ariana Grande, One Republic
Today, we are expanding our knowledge and will learn what it’s like to break in and build a sustainable career behind the scenes of concerts. We have veteran production manager, Zito here today to talk to us about his path working with Ariana Grande, One Republic, and the Backstreet Boys among many others!
October 8, 2020
Interview with Javier Simons, talent manager at The Benedetti Group
Today, we are expanding our knowledge and will learn what it’s like to break in and build a sustainable career in the drag industry. We have Javier Simons, a talent agent for the Benedetti Group here today to talk to us about his path working with premiere Drag talent including Erica Andrews, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Honey Davenport, and many others!
October 1, 2020
Interview with Josh Helfgott, 1M+ Followers on TikTok
Josh Helfgott started his career working at NBC, pivoted into technology, and set off on a new journey of creating content. In only a few short months, he discovered his niche and grew to 1M+ followers on TikTok. He shares strategies for all the aspiring content creators out there.
September 24, 2020
Interview with Erin Nourijanian, marketing live events
Erin has held numerous roles as a marketing director for both club and arena sized venues. She has personally hired dozens of interns throughout her career and is here today to share her unique path and super hacks for anyone looking to land an internship or entry-level work in entertainment.
September 17, 2020
Interview with Brian Vickers, music supervisor at Disney
Brian Vickers is a music supervisor at the Walt Disney Company. His work consists of placing the right songs into movie and TV trailers. Brian walks us through his musical upbringings in Birmingham, Alabama to his professional music education at Howard University. Brian shares excellent tips for on how independent artists can land placement opportunities their music.
September 10, 2020
Interview with music technology executive, Jason Ve
This episode features Jason Ve, VP Strategy & Business Development at 88RISING. Jason walks us through how he self-funded his college education. Jason provides insight on pursuing a career in investment banking and transitioning his career from finance to media & entertainment. Tune in to learn more about his path working at Disney, Nickelodeon, Google, and Deezer, and more!
September 3, 2020
Interview with Erik Olesen, Head of Radio Strategy & Promo at Crush Music
Erik is currently Head of Radio Strategy & Promotion at Crush Music. In this episode, he walks us through his storybook path starting at Elektra Records, how he learned the music and radio landscape and strategically worked his way up the ranks. This eventually led him to directly working power players like L.A. Reid and Jay Z at Island Def Jam, to meeting a 16 year old Rhianna and helping break Justin Bieber’s career through radio promo.
August 27, 2020
Interview with Daniel Bachner, entertainment lawyer specializing in Film, TV and Comedy
In this episode, we side-step outside of music and into the world of film, TV, and comedy. Daniel Bachner is an entertainment lawyer who got his first taste of this crazy biz through handling contract work for the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Daniel is a wealth of knowledge, today he shares his unique path into entertainment along with excellent tips for anyone curious about working in Film & TV.
August 13, 2020
Interview with Morgan Schaffner, Head of Marketing for Ad Hoc
On today's episode, we have Head of Marketing for Ad Hoc, Morgan Schaffner! I have personally worked with Morgan on dozens of shows together. Only in her 20s, she has extensive experience holding various roles in marketing and touring. We chat about her path in music, important skills that every newcomer needs in order to thrive, and tips on how independent artists can gain the attention from promoters, managers and agents!
August 6, 2020
Interview with Shain Shapiro, PhD about Music Cities
Today, we have Founder & Group CEO of Sound Diplomacy, Shain Shapiro. Shain has an interesting rap sheet… he holds a PhD in cultural policy, is an accomplished speaker — having delivered the first ever Ted Talk on ‘Music Cities’ and pioneered the model linking music to urban policy that is being replicated all over the world.  We chat about his path in music and how newcomers can stand out and build a network from anywhere in the world.
July 30, 2020
Interview with Sustainable Fashion Journalist, Lindsay Christinee
Today, we venture outside of music and into the world of journalism. Lindsay Christine is a sustainable fashion journalist. She shares tidbits on how to get your career started and keep a positive mindset.
July 23, 2020
Interview with Dani Oliva
On today's episode, I chat with accomplished music and entertainment lawyer, Dani Oliva. Dani shares his unique path as a trans-man in entertainment, his involvement with the LGBTQ+ community, and with independent artists. Dani’s story is truly inspiring. Hope you enjoy!
July 16, 2020
Interview with Parker West
I chat with Parker West about his unique story of how he used Reddit to form a relationship and go on tour with the Chainsmokers.
July 9, 2020
Interview with Jeremy Gruber
On todays episode, I sit down with industry professional, professor, and entrepreneur, Jeremy Gruber. Together, we walk through how the music business has evolved since the early 2000’s and how he has forged a successful and lasting career as a digital strategist, working with the likes of John Legend, Charlie Puth, and many others. 
July 2, 2020
Interview with Sindee Levin
Harry G chats with entertainment lawyer, Sindee Levin about growing up in Los Angeles as a kid living across the street from Elvis, how to stand out and thrive in a male dominated industry, and how artists can monetize their music.
June 25, 2020
Interview with Austin Santiago
Harry G chats with longtime Seattle concert promoter Austin Santiago about how to carve out a career in entertainment. Austin shares experiences as a concert promoter and music manager.
June 18, 2020
The First Episode of the First Act Podcast
This is the very first episode. Here is where you learn about Harry G am and what this podcast is all about. Enjoy!
June 18, 2020