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MUSIC RECORD STORE MGR: I'm Doing The Job I Wanted When I Was 16

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JC describes his job managing a record store that sells new and used music of all genres and hosts in-store musical performances of local acts. JC was an art student who went into construction as a career; when he discovered this record store he worked part-time on the weekends before finally switching over to full time. He advises: if you're an aspiring musician, see as much live music as possible and network with artists who are creating and marketing their own music. It's a challenging and exciting time for the business.

Degree: Fine Arts
Job Title: Music Record Store Manager
Employer: Down Home Records

Job Summary: Retail Store Manager

Job Description

Store managers supervise a retail organization's staff, meet customer needs and plan and coordinate sales, merchandising and budgeting. In order to effectively perform the multitude of tasks required, managers should work well under pressure and with deadlines, and have significant experience in retail business and human resources. They also need strong leadership, interpersonal and multitasking skills.

On-the-Job Training

Limited on-the-job training. Most managers will have worked in retail previously as salespeople.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
6 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
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Leadership ability, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Teamwork

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m='10440'>stores</span> <span m='10740'>work</span> <span m='10950'>these</span> <span m='11150'>days,</span> <span m='11390'>is</span> <span m='11450'>you</span> <span m='11580'>pretty</span> <span m='11790'>much</span> <span m='12000'>do</span> <span m='12120'>a</span> <span m='12180'>little</span> <span m='12350'>bit</span> <span m='12470'>of</span> <span m='12560'>everything.</span> <span m='13790'>We</span> <span m='14410'>put</span> <span m='14610'>together</span> <span m='14950'>displays,</span> <span m='16050'>we</span> <span m='16219'>do</span> <span m='16610'>merchandising,</span> <span m='17810'>we</span> <span m='18080'>actually</span> <span m='18400'>handle</span> <span m='18740'>customers,</span> <span m='20450'>we</span> <span m='20592'>call</span> <span m='21020'>inventory.</span> <span m='22660'>We</span> <span m='22940'>buy and</span> <span m='23290'>sell</span> <span m='23600'>new</span> <span m='23700'>products.</span> </p><p><span m='25380'>Or</span> <span m='25530'>used</span> <span m='25770'>things,</span> <span m='26050'>people</span> <span m='26270'>bring in</span> <span m='26610'>used</span> <span m='26920'>items.</span> <span m='28120'>We</span> <span m='28310'>have</span> <span m='28530'>live</span> <span m='28810'>music</span> <span m='29090'>performances,</span> <span m='29730'>so</span> <span m='29930'>we</span> <span m='30080'>organize</span> <span m='30610'>and</span> <span m='30710'>promote</span> <span m='31070'>those.</span> <span m='31880'>To also</span> <span m='32229'>promote</span> <span m='32759'>the</span> <span m='32840'>music</span> <span m='33240'>of</span> <span m='33380'>the</span> <span m='33480'>local</span> <span m='33820'>people</span> <span m='34140'>in</span> <span m='34220'>the community.</span> </p><p><span m='36890'>I</span> <span m='37070'>would</span> <span m='37270'>tell</span> <span m='37450'>you</span> <span m='37720'>that</span> <span m='38280'>I've</span> <span m='38460'>been</span> <span m='38630'>here</span> <span m='38760'>for</span> <span m='38890'>quite</span> <span m='39120'>awhile,</span> <span m='39500'>but</span> <span m='39680'>really,</span> <span m='40250'>if</span> <span m='40470'>you're</span> <span m='41190'>a</span> <span m='41370'>younger</span> <span m='41690'>person,</span> <span m='42830'>this</span> <span m='43280'>is</span> <span m='43420'>the</span> <span m='43520'>job</span> <span m='43860'>I</span> <span m='43990'>wanted</span> <span m='44270'>to</span> <span m='44350'>have</span> <span m='44810'>when</span> <span m='45050'>I</span> <span m='45110'>was</span> <span m='45280'>about</span> <span m='46140'>17</span> <span m='46820'>years</span> <span m='47070'>old.</span> <span m='47895'>And</span> <span m='48230'>didn't</span> <span m='48480'>have.</span> <span m='48870'>But,</span> <span m='49310'>so.</span> <span m='49900'>Now</span> <span m='50100'>I'm</span> <span m='50260'>taking</span> <span m='50550'>care</span> <span m='50860'>of</span> <span m='50950'>my</span> <span m='52030'>16 and 17 year old</span> <span m='53710'>needs,</span> <span m='54410'>as</span> <span m='54690'>an</span> <span m='55140'>adult.</span> <span m='55850'>So.</span> </p><p><span m='57480'>I</span> <span m='57610'>started</span> <span m='58000'>off,</span> <span m='58260'>actually,</span> <span m='58580'>as</span> <span m='58700'>an</span> <span m='58800'>art</span> <span m='58920'>student.</span> <span m='59240'>And</span> <span m='59330'>I</span> <span m='59440'>still</span> <span m='59750'>do</span> <span m='59930'>art,</span> <span m='60270'>and</span> <span m='60480'>a</span> <span m='60570'>lot</span> <span m='60790'>of</span> <span m='60900'>what</span> <span m='61050'>I</span> <span m='61180'>do</span> <span m='61340'>here</span> <span m='61690'>ends</span> <span m='61880'>up</span> <span m='62030'>being</span> <span m='62500'>related</span> <span m='62860'>to</span> <span m='62970'>art.</span> <span m='63350'>Graphics,</span> <span m='64629'>and</span> <span m='65129'>designing</span> <span m='65630'>CD</span> <span m='65980'>covers</span> <span m='66360'>and</span> <span m='66470'>record</span> <span m='66760'>covers,</span> <span m='67090'>and</span> <span m='67180'>that sort of</span> <span m='67330'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='68410'>But</span> <span m='68990'>I</span> <span m='69290'>also</span> <span m='69590'>always</span> <span m='69810'>had</span> <span m='69940'>a</span> <span m='70000'>love</span> <span m='70270'>of</span> <span m='70350'>music,</span> <span m='70710'>and</span> <span m='70840'>collected</span> <span m='71280'>music</span> <span m='71720'>since</span> <span m='72110'>I</span> <span m='72280'>was</span> <span m='72660'>a</span> <span m='72720'>peanut,</span> <span m='73190'>really.</span> <span m='73520'>And</span> <span m='73650'>so</span> <span m='74610'>I</span> <span m='74770'>was</span> <span m='75010'>a</span> <span m='75590'>customer</span> <span m='76240'>here</span> <span m='76550'>before</span> <span m='77080'>I</span> <span m='77120'>ended</span> <span m='77340'>up</span> <span m='77440'>working</span> <span m='77750'>here.</span> <span m='78080'>And</span> <span m='78210'>I</span> <span m='78280'>worked</span> <span m='78590'>part</span> <span m='78860'>time</span> <span m='79140'>on</span> <span m='79220'>the</span> <span m='79300'>weekends,</span> <span m='81270'>even</span> <span m='81480'>though</span> <span m='81570'>I</span> <span m='81670'>had</span> <span m='81750'>a</span> <span m='81810'>regular</span> <span m='82470'>full</span> <span m='82710'>time</span> <span m='82940'>job,</span> <span m='83350'>which</span> <span m='83430'>was</span> <span m='83620'>actually</span> <span m='83940'>as</span> <span m='84080'>a</span> <span m='84490'>contractor.</span> </p><p><span m='86100'>And</span> <span m='86930'>it</span> <span m='87110'>just,</span> <span m='87310'>one</span> <span m='87450'>thing</span> <span m='87610'>led</span> <span m='87770'>to</span> <span m='87840'>the</span> <span m='88000'>other.</span> <span m='88250'>And</span> <span m='88470'>I</span> <span m='88510'>was</span> <span m='88700'>here</span> <span m='89060'>often</span> <span m='89400'>enough,</span> <span m='89680'>buying</span> <span m='89980'>stuff,</span> <span m='90310'>that</span> <span m='90470'>they</span> <span m='90660'>brought</span> <span m='91070'>me in.</span> <span m='91430'>And then</span> <span m='91820'>full</span> <span m='92090'>time</span> <span m='92800'>became</span> <span m='93100'>available,</span> <span m='93630'>so</span> <span m='93810'>I took</span> <span m='94020'>advantage</span> <span m='94390'>of</span> <span m='94440'>that.</span> <span m='94740'>Because</span> <span m='95540'>it</span> <span m='95620'>seemed</span> <span m='95880'>to</span> <span m='95940'>be</span> <span m='96060'>a</span> <span m='96100'>good</span> <span m='96300'>way</span> <span m='96470'>to</span> <span m='96530'>get</span> <span m='96720'>out</span> <span m='96920'>what</span> <span m='97170'>was</span> <span m='97400'>a</span> <span m='97510'>very</span> <span m='97720'>physically</span> <span m='98260'>demanding</span> <span m='98660'>job,</span> <span m='99000'>with</span> <span m='99130'>the</span> <span m='99220'>contracting.</span> <span m='100350'>As</span> <span m='100540'>I</span> <span m='100600'>was</span> <span m='100750'>getting</span> <span m='100990'>older.</span> </p><p><span m='101420'>So</span> <span m='102320'>that's</span> <span m='103980'>pretty</span> <span m='104160'>much</span> <span m='104400'>how</span> <span m='104540'>I</span> <span m='104630'>fell</span> <span m='104930'>into</span> <span m='105070'>the</span> <span m='105180'>music</span> <span m='105490'>business.</span> <span m='106020'>And</span> <span m='106570'>I</span> <span m='106890'>still</span> <span m='107220'>collect</span> <span m='107650'>lots</span> <span m='107920'>of</span> <span m='108040'>records.</span> <span m='108460'>It</span> <span m='108550'>would</span> <span m='108730'>drive</span> <span m='108980'>you</span> <span m='109070'>nuts</span> <span m='109590'>to</span> <span m='109710'>see all</span> <span m='109990'>the</span> <span m='110060'>records</span> <span m='110370'>at</span> <span m='110430'>my</span> <span m='110560'>house.</span> <span m='111530'>You can</span> <span m='112000'>barely</span> <span m='112240'>navigate</span> <span m='112730'>in</span> <span m='112810'>there</span> <span m='112970'>sometimes,</span> <span m='113510'>because</span> <span m='113660'>there's</span> <span m='113820'>so</span> <span m='113930'>many</span> <span m='114110'>records.</span> </p><p><span m='114550'>And</span> <span m='114790'>I</span> <span m='114980'>still</span> <span m='115290'>listen</span> <span m='115540'>to</span> <span m='115620'>all</span> <span m='115820'>sorts-</span> <span m='116100'>I</span> <span m='116120'>mean,</span> <span m='116270'>you</span> <span m='116340'>know</span> <span m='116600'>I'm</span> <span m='116830'>with the</span> <span m='117060'>iPods</span> <span m='117580'>and</span> <span m='117670'>everything</span> <span m='117950'>else,</span> <span m='118200'>too.</span> <span m='118460'>So</span> <span m='119250'>however</span> <span m='119550'>you</span> <span m='119680'>need</span> <span m='119880'>to</span> <span m='119960'>get</span> <span m='120110'>the</span> <span m='120210'>music,</span> <span m='120570'>that's</span> <span m='120790'>how</span> <span m='120870'>you</span> <span m='121000'>do</span> <span m='121150'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='123240'>Things</span> <span m='123470'>have</span> <span m='123560'>changed</span> <span m='123850'>considerably,</span> <span m='124440'>since</span> <span m='124720'>when</span> <span m='124920'>I</span> <span m='124990'>was</span> <span m='125180'>younger,</span> <span m='125670'>in</span> <span m='125790'>the</span> <span m='125860'>music</span> <span m='126200'>business.</span> <span m='126610'>But</span> <span m='126750'>obviously</span> <span m='127230'>there's</span> <span m='127410'>still</span> <span m='127590'>a</span> <span m='127610'>lot</span> <span m='127800'>of</span> <span m='127870'>people</span> <span m='128139'>making</span> <span m='128520'>music.</span> <span m='128860'>And</span> <span m='128960'>the</span> <span m='129050'>first</span> <span m='129400'>thing</span> <span m='129759'>you'd</span> <span m='129919'>probably</span> <span m='130449'>do,</span> <span m='130720'>or</span> <span m='130910'>I</span> <span m='131000'>would</span> <span m='131200'>do,</span> <span m='132070'>would be to</span> <span m='132260'>go</span> <span m='132470'>out</span> <span m='132550'>and</span> <span m='132640'>make</span> <span m='132820'>contact.</span> <span m='133360'>And</span> <span m='133490'>see</span> <span m='133730'>as</span> <span m='133890'>much</span> <span m='134140'>music</span> <span m='134560'>as</span> <span m='134720'>I</span> <span m='134800'>could</span> <span m='134950'>afford</span> <span m='135880'>to</span> <span m='136030'>see.</span> </p><p><span m='136380'>And</span> <span m='136660'>meet</span> <span m='136990'>as</span> <span m='137170'>many</span> <span m='137370'>musicians</span> <span m='137695'>and</span> <span m='138020'>people</span> <span m='138540'>creating</span> <span m='139000'>music</span> <span m='139390'>and</span> <span m='139970'>marketing</span> <span m='140430'>their</span> <span m='140560'>music.</span> <span m='141030'>However</span> <span m='141200'>that</span> <span m='141350'>is,</span> <span m='141480'>whether</span> <span m='141690'>it's</span> <span m='141910'>live,</span> <span m='142340'>or</span> <span m='142420'>making</span> <span m='144070'>mp3s</span> <span m='144930'>or</span> <span m='145120'>creating</span> <span m='145460'>websites</span> <span m='145990'>to</span> <span m='146100'>do</span> <span m='146280'>such.</span> <span m='146710'>And</span> <span m='146920'>all</span> <span m='147080'>those</span> <span m='147260'>other</span> <span m='147450'>things</span> <span m='147720'>that</span> <span m='148150'>make</span> <span m='148450'>the</span> <span m='148540'>marketing</span> <span m='149200'>of</span> <span m='149350'>music.</span> <span m='150330'>And</span> <span m='150430'>making</span> <span m='150730'>it</span> <span m='150820'>accessible</span> <span m='151500'>to</span> <span m='151630'>as</span> <span m='151750'>many</span> <span m='151970'>people</span> <span m='152280'>as</span> <span m='152410'>possible.</span> </p><p><span m='153490'>It's</span> <span m='153760'>a</span> <span m='153950'>difficult</span> <span m='154470'>world</span> <span m='154740'>to</span> <span m='154820'>navigate</span> <span m='155350'>in, but</span> <span m='155750'>that</span> <span m='155980'>actually</span> <span m='156490'>means</span> <span m='156830'>that</span> <span m='156990'>there's</span> <span m='157150'>lots</span> <span m='157380'>of</span> <span m='157480'>opportunities</span> <span m='158280'>that</span> <span m='158470'>have</span> <span m='158660'>not</span> <span m='158860'>been</span> <span m='158980'>explored</span> <span m='159470'>yet.</span> <span m='159980'>Because</span> <span m='160160'>it's</span> <span m='160280'>changing.</span> </p><p><span m='160850'>So</span> <span m='161040'>this</span> <span m='161250'>is</span> <span m='161340'>a</span> <span m='161410'>really,</span> <span m='161660'>in</span> <span m='161970'>many</span> <span m='162260'>ways,</span> <span m='162540'>the</span> <span m='162620'>worst</span> <span m='162910'>time</span> <span m='163110'>and</span> <span m='163160'>the</span> <span m='163240'>best</span> <span m='163470'>time</span> <span m='163670'>to</span> <span m='163730'>get</span> <span m='163910'>in.</span> <span m='164490'>Especially</span> <span m='164880'>if</span> <span m='164940'>you've</span> <span m='165060'>got</span> <span m='165240'>some</span> <span m='165350'>energy,</span> <span m='165730'>and</span> <span m='165880'>you're</span> <span m='165980'>willing</span> <span m='166160'>to</span> <span m='166210'>put</span> <span m='166390'>the</span> <span m='166470'>time</span> <span m='166790'>in. And</span> <span m='167020'>that's</span> <span m='167210'>what's</span> <span m='167410'>required,</span> <span m='167990'>is</span> <span m='168060'>you're going to</span> <span m='168230'>have to</span> <span m='168580'>do the</span> <span m='168660'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":315625,"video_id":"2882923052001","name":"1543-JC-DownHomeMusic1","duration":170458,"thumbnail_url":null}});