Today we'd like to introduce you to Britnee Foreman, who handles Data Strategy at Songtrust and is an amazing music industry professional. She shared some of her thoughts on what it takes to be successful in this business as a woman.
Success is such a personal concept – we all see and define it differently. How do you personally define your success?
I see it as very dynamic and never really "achieved", but as a series of milestones along the way. It motivates you to keep growing and learning.
What advice would you give women who want to enter your side of the industry - What are your top three tips?
1. Always be open to learning: whether it's a new skill or concept, it sets you up for bigger opportunities
2. Find your people: It doesn't have to be in your office, but find a group that supports what you do and encourages you
3. This isn't a competition: There is room for everybody to use their strengths in this industry, so don't compare yourself to others’ progress and don’t disparage others.
How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today?
I'm very dedicated to my goals and I’m stubbornly persistent. I think it creates an environment where setbacks won't derail me. Things don't always go as planned, but keeping sight of the big picture allows you to reroute as needed.
Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?
I've seen many challenges, but they just reconfirmed my passion for being here. There will be instances where you may be undervalued or underestimated. You have to know what your tolerance is for that environment and when to cut and run. Knowing yourself and your worth is very important.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
No one is going to do it for you. You have to work, hustle, network, and follow up.
What do you think is the most pressing issue women in the music industry face in your region?
We're making progress, but there are not enough women in positions of influence yet.
Who inspires you, and why?
I'm inspired by strong women who are advancing their industry, much like our WIM board and exec board.
What do you look forward to accomplishing at DOWNTOWN/Songtrust in the next year?
Using our immense data to accelerate our processes and efficiencies so we can serve more songwriters.
Tell us more about how you got involved in DOWNTOWN/Songtrust? What is your ultimate goal and what do you need to take it to the next level?
Actually, I got "poached" by a member of the WIM board to come work with her at Downtown. She is incredibly inspiring and the position gave me more opportunities, so it was a great fit. Ultimately, I would love to make the music industry more resilient to disruptive technologies and make sure artists are able to make a living making music. I feel like learning different tech infrastructures and predictive analyses is a step in the right direction.