I remember at SXSW Music Week 2012 I was a music business student and was underage. I was working on becoming the Concert Director at Syracuse University, making connections with music agents and getting an internship. The only problem was that everything was 21+. Going to all age showcases was not an option. Instead I had to sneak in backdoors, pay off people and talk my way through security lines.
I accomplished all three of those things. Had I settled for what I was allowed to do I wouldn't of had the opportunities I had years later.
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