Hello everyone...let me start off by saying what a great find this site is.
blackdeath020202...it`s great to see someone from your age group seeking out advice "before" you jump in with both feet.
From my own experience of working directly with the musical accessory / instrument dealers and distributors in this industry... the best advice I can offer you at this stage is to get your feet wet by actually working in a local music store if possible. This hands on approach will give you a better understanding of everything from customer service, employee relations,
marketing, purchasing etc...it will compliment any biz schooling as well.
One of the main voids in this industry is service. The "honest sincere" type...I don`t mean high pressure sales tactics that some stores hit you with the minute you walk through the door. Help "educate and assist" the customer...if he or she feels comfortable with your "caring and knowledgeable" approach, you will have a loyal customer for life.
You can also get a feel for the industry by attending trade shows like The NAMM Show...this is not open to the public however, if you`re working at a music store, you should be able to get a pass...most aggressive store owners attend this show. Also, a couple of good `zines to be reading are Music Trades Magazine and MMR (Musical Merchandise Review)...a wealth of info.
Have a great day...
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