The Hip-Hop Professional would like you to meet Maria Tejada (Syracuse University):
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: I am currently a rising senior studying Marketing with minors in Music Industry and Information Management & Technology at Syracuse University.
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: Throughout my college years, I’ve gotten involved with several organizations on campus. I was recently named Chair of Fundraising Initiatives for the 3fifteen project in the Enactus Program, where I successfully produced our very first Benefit Concert to support the efforts of the Rescue Mission to end hunger and homelessness in our community. I am also the Media & Talent Relations Director at WERW, the official student-run radio station on campus. In addition to that, I’m also part of Cornerstone Agency’s F.A.R.M Team as a Campus Representative.
The past three years of college have been an incredible experience and I am beyond grateful to have been granted the opportunity to learn from and meet such amazing groups of people through my internship experiences. I have interned at Cornerstone Agency, The Studio at Webster Hall, and this upcoming summer I will be joining the Converse team at their NYC office!
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: Keeping a balance between being a student and working towards my career goal can definitely be a challenge at times; but at the end of the day it’s all about time management, passion, and perspective.
From a very young age I have always been taught to be independent and work hard for what I want in life, so I try to keep myself busy and constantly learning something new each day. I know that all the experiences I am having now are part of my journey in life, so might as well enjoy the ride. After all, college is what you make of it, and while being a student will always be my first priority, I will always make time to work on the things that I enjoy doing outside of school.
Q: What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: I’ll have to say my top platforms are Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. Social media is such an amazing tool for just about anything! I think it encourages artists as well as brands to be creative in the way they promote or connect with fans. I personally use these platforms to stay connected with friends and family as well as brands and artists all around the world. I also use these platforms as a personal and professional tool where I can share bits of my life or promote projects that I may be working on. I also think it serves as a cool source of information to stay updated with everything ranging from new trends in music to breaking news from all around the globe.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Call it cliché, but I am a firm believer that we all have a purpose and a journey in life. I believe that what is meant to be, will be. Now, this does not mean that the journey will not be difficult or that things will be handed to you. I believe that as long as you are constantly working on molding yourself into the person you want to become in the future, someway somehow you will end up where you need to be. So in 5 years, I hope to be a respectable figure in the industry as well as an entrepreneur. I also want to inspire and impact other lives along the way; but overall, I hope to be in a place where I am happy with what I am doing.
As of now, I am not a hundred percent sure, as to which field of the industry I will be working in, but I have always had an interest in discovering and developing talent. I would love to work directly with artists whether it may be as a manager or an agent. Live music, marketing and branding are also great interests of mine. At the moment, I’m focusing on learning as much as I can and becoming the best version of myself so that I can be ready for whatever comes my way.