I come from a pretty traditional family with a finite idea of what's deemed professional as far as a career is concerned. My heart's always been in art culture. Specifically the behind the scenes work that is show production, artist development, and marketing/branding. I've been pretty adamant about my feeling that experience in the field and mentorship trump the need for formal education. At least personally.
With encouragement from my family, and against the little voice in my head telling me I'd be gravely unhappy, I started school at my community college, studying music and education. A quarter of the way into my pursuit I convinced myself that I was pretty good with kids and would find it fulfilling to teach them & be the influence that my music instructors were to me. It's probably an easy guess that the little voice got louder and I quit. I actually kept it from my family for quite a while. During that time I was introduced to performance poetry and the open mic circuit. I was the door girl at a weekly event hosted at a hole in the wall restaurant before I even really had the courage to begin performing and learning the in's & out's.
Hopping from dead end job to dead end job was kind of my thing for years. I joke that this was my "coming out" period. As of this very moment, for the past two years, I've been producing my own unique vision of a platform for raw talent, named HOMEROOM, that has just gone multi-city seeing an expansion to Miami. Being a woman with ambition in an industry like that of entertainment, whether rookie or not, is a hill to get over in and of itself. However, I love the challenges, they provide their own kind of high.
Concert production is next on my mile-long list of things to check off.
This, is my Rookie Season...
- Aura Jones
CEO & Founder of the multi-city "Homeroom" artist showcase & networking event.
*Noah Caine's Rookie Season is out now.
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