Bridget Perdomo sits on the board of Women in Music as the events chairperson. She now holds the position of Senior Director of Sync Licensing at Roc Nation in New York City. She was named one of Billboard's 30 under 30 as Director of Music Resources at EMI Music Publishing. We sat down with Bridget to learn about her history and hear her advice for advancing as a Woman in Music.
Success is such a personal concept – we all see and define it differently. How did you personally define your success?
I always set short term goals for myself so I that can have the feeling of success and accomplishment and use that to propel me to the next thing. For me, it's usually defined by title or responsibilities, but I’ve also had successful presentations or events that help increase confidence and allow me to realize my ability.
What advice would you give women who want to enter your side of the industry - what are your top three tips?
Pay attention to what other supervisors, producers, and creatives are doing. Read trade mags and blogs. Know what syncs have won awards. Know what music your clients like.
Learn how your role and department interacts and affects other departments. Do not live in a vacuum. Spend 10 minutes talking to people at all levels in other departments. Figure out what you can do to make their jobs easier.
Know what is happening within the music industry in general. Pay attention to headlines of labels, pubs, agencies, law firms, PR companies, tech companies, etc. If you stay in your niche, one day you’ll look up and not recognize the industry anymore and you won’t know how to transfer your skills to the current landscape.
How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today?
My parents owned a mom & pop retail shop for high-end audio and I helped out on weekends starting at age 12. I learned phone etiquette and to make eye contact with customers, but I also learned that store hours are not flexible and there are no sick days because you don’t have a backup plan. A missed opportunity directly results in a loss of income. I believe my work ethic stems from watching the example led by my parents, and they held me to a very high standard from a young age. Honesty, reliability, and hard work pays off.
Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?
There have been a few times where I felt stuck, or paralyzed in a position. I couldn’t see a way around an obstacle or didn’t think I could get out. Every time it happens, I have given myself permission to have 6-12 months to look at the bigger picture. It always feels so heavy in the moment, but with a little time and perspective, I’ve always found myself guided in the right direction. You can’t change the timing of other people around you and sometimes you just need time for the Tetris pieces to fall into place.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
You are the only one who knows how hard you are working. It’s up to you to advance your personal PR and make sure the people around you know what you are doing. No one is going to do that for you.
What do you think is the most pressing issue women in the music industry face?
I think all of the women’s issues are related, but I would say that the pay gap is probably the most concrete thing we can look at and start to change. The problem is on both sides – the companies don’t realize they are doing it and the women don’t know their value so can’t negotiate properly. I think it’s important to have open, myth-busting conversations about the excuses many companies give as to why a woman makes so much less and then teach women how to approach these issues head on.
Who inspires you, and why?
I am always in awe of female executives that are raising (or have raised) children on their own. I have the most supportive husband who picks up my slack time and time again on my pursuit to advance my career. I am completely dumbfounded when I see other women who have done it on their own.
What do you look forward to accomplishing at Roc Nation in the next year?
I’m looking forward to just educating everyone on the depth of our roster. We have way more than just hip-hop! Everyone brings us urban music searches because we dominate that lane, but we have amazing new artists on the horizon that challenge all of the perceptions in the marketplace like Kevin Garrett, Dorothy, Mayaeni, ROMANS, Isaac Gracie etc. We launched Roc Nation Latin and even went country with the launch of our Nashville office earlier this year. We are an extremely active company that is growing rapidly. It’s exciting to be a part of it.