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Interview with Golnar Khosrowshahi from Reservoir Media Management

14 Mar 2017 6:23 PM | MC C (Administrator)


Success is such a personal concept – we all see and define it differently. How did you personally define your success?

I don’t think I have any one definition of success and the ones that I do have change on any given day. If I had to sum it up, I would say that the definition of success, whether at home or at work, is a result that exceeds expectations, a result that makes me proud, and one which, ultimately, has had a positive impact on something or someone along the way.

What advice would you give to women who want to enter your side of the industry? What are your top three tips?

I’m not sure my tips would be any different to a man or to a woman. They would be to make sure you work twice as hard as everyone else, persevere and be knowledgeable and well informed. It may seem trite, but information, facts, and knowledge provide the edge.

How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today.

My professional experiences have all been rooted in hard work, perseverance anddetermination – all of which I carry with me today and hope that I have successfully communicated as the founding principles of Reservoir’s culture. My personal experiences have taught me that mutual respect, regardless of roles and hierarchies, is the cornerstone of any relationship and will ensure a life filled with long-term friends and colleagues. As time goes on, the lines between personal and professional relationships blur and I think we learn that our work and home experiences are applicable in all parts of our lives.

Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?

At Reservoir, I think our biggest challenge has been that we are the new kid on the block. My peers are mostly music industry veterans, but I am not afraid of doing things differently and am willing to admit what I don’t know. It has taken some time to prove that we have an incredibly talented and experienced team of career music professionals and that we are here to stay.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?

The value of relationships is the lesson that has carried me through my professional life and I feel proud to have friends and colleagues that date back to my first job out of college as a receptionist in an advertising agency. My counterpart in the editing department from those days now runs a successful post production business; another from the mail room is heading up an award winning agency – all of these businesses need music and they are people who like to work people they know. [Do you have a brief anecdote to show how or why these relationships been valuable throughout your career/today? Maybe one of those former colleagues made a connection that helped us sign a writer, etc?]

What do you think is the most pressing issue women in the music industry face in your region?

Our industry continues to be male dominated, regardless of function – whether it’s creative, management, admin, marketing or even in the songwriting world. I think this will change with time and it’s not to be forced outside of a meritocratic structure. Our organization, both in terms of our staff and our songwriter roster, is an anomaly in terms of gender distribution, but it wasn’t by design. We went out to find the best talent we could find and they happened to be female. I am proud that we have women filling key executive functions at the company and also as some of our cornerstone songwriters, but I am also conscious to do everything in our power to ensure our team and our songwriters’ collective success, regardless of gender.



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