March 2, 2014
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Korrie Payne (Kennesaw State University)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: In the summer of 2012, I received my Associate of Arts degree in Communications from Gordon State College. Currently, I am a Communications major with a concentration in Media Studies at Kennesaw State University. At KSU, I am also a part of the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program. I will graduate with my Bachelor of Science degree from the school in May 2015.
Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs?
A: At Kennesaw State University, I have been involved with an amazing team for two talents showcases – the Acoustic Coffeehouse and So You Think You’ve Got Talent. They have taught me a lot about networking and the impact social media has on bringing people together. This year has definitely started off with a blast for me. Recently, I was honored to volunteer at The International Music Conference, The Atlanta Best Cellar Dinner for TJ Martell, the Georgia Film Festival and the KSU Juicy J Homecoming Concert. My biggest accomplishment, thus far, is interning for Ms. Shanti Das, owner of Press Reset Entertainment and author of “The Hip-Hop Professional 2.0”.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: At times school can be very challenging but, in order to reach my career goal, I know that success doesn’t come overnight and I have to see it through. I’ve always believed that anything worth having in life is worth working hard for. Some days seem harder than others but I persevere. My iPad Mini is a lifesaver in so many ways – I organize my notes and set reminders for when my assignments are due. It also helps me stay connected with the latest news through social media.
Q: Have you had any good mentors helping you along the way?
A: Throughout my life I have encountered so many amazing people. Each one has left an imprint in my heart that will remain for the rest of my life. My biggest supporter and number one fan is my humble, funny, and understanding mother. She always says, “Koko, never give up on your dreams because each day has its own personality.” My fourth grade elementary teacher, Ms. Idella Taylor, has always been dear to my heart from the moment I stepped into her classroom. When there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel, she taught me about the essence of finding the light to conquer my fears. Lastly, there are no words that could ever express my appreciation and gratitude for the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business staff – Mr. Keith Perissi, Mr. Danny Howes, and Ms. Samantha Lane. For the last two and a half years, these three individuals have helped mold me into the superstar I am meant to be. As I continue on my journey to success, I’m learning that only God knows the true importance of my being in this program. This has definitely been the right place for me with the right people at the right time.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In five years, I plan to be a KSU graduate, having started my career in the music and entertainment industry. I also plan to further my education and get my Masters in Integrated Global Communications or Music Business Entertainment. I envision myself starting my own Marketing and A& R company for high school and college students who to want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. I plan to be financially stable enough to take care of my mother who raised me as a single parent. The icing on the cake to my fairytale would be to marry my boyfriend and have three healthy and beautiful kids.