Jessie Massabni is no stranger to WIM - she is the Membership Director that services all of our nearly 2000 members! We sat down with Jessie to learn about her history and hear her advice for advancing as a Woman in Music.
Tell us about yourself: How did you get involved in the industry and how did you get involved with WIM?
I’ve always been passionate about music. It’s fascinating to see how music can bring people together, create memories and no matter what language you speak and where you are in the world it is a powerful medium that connects us all.
I started writing songs when I was living in Canada and decided to move to New York to pursue my passion. Being new in the city, WIM played a big part in my life. I joined WIM about two years ago and was amazed by all the opportunities the organization offers and how it truly focuses on its members with a core mission to help and see everyone thrive in their career. As a member, I was so grateful for the knowledge I gained and the connections I made along the way. I was excited for the opportunity to join the Women In Music team, seeing the impact it had on me I wanted to be part of something bigger that can help others.
What advice would you give women who want to enter your side of the industry - What are your top three tips?
Work smart - have a clear/specific vision of what you want to achieve. Create daily goals and never be afraid to make that call or knock on doors you'll be surprised how far this can bring you. Make quick decisions and trust your instinct.
Patience - everything takes time and connecting all the little dots you create along the way will bring you closer to your goal.
Persevere - no matter how hard sometimes it gets never give up. Keep going even though you don’t know if you are on the right track; keep going, everything will make sense as long as you persevere, have patience and work smart.
Last but not least, support one another - helping someone can go a long way without expecting it.
How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today?
My experiences helped me grow, gain strength and confidence, which lead me to set a clear vision of my goals and brought me closer to my purpose. No matter what I am going through I am always learning and that itself is a blessing.
Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?
There will always be challenges to overcome at different phases of a career. They are part of the journey that determines if you are ready for what’s to come. One challenge was finding my true purpose and that clear/specific vision of what I wanted while staying authentic and true to who I am. Basically knowing your worth and value without settling for less.
Another challenge is making fast decisions. I’m a perfectionist and I tend to dwell on it. I’ve taught and pushed myself to decide in the present moment and surprisingly it always ends up being the best decision. When you make a fast decision you follow your heart and don’t have time to overthink so you basically are being true to yourself and save so much time which is the most valuable asset in life. Some choices might not lead you to the result you want but it’ll teach you a lot so you can never fail. You always win in some ways.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
Always be humble, grateful and curious.
What has been your favorite thing about being apart of this industry and WIM?
I’ve always been told that the music industry is competitive but what I’ve discovered is the contrary. It is a community that thrives on collaborating and helping each other, which is definitely my favorite thing about being part of this industry and WIM.
Who inspires you, and why?
People! Everyone I meet inspires me in some ways.
What do you look forward to accomplishing in the next year? What do you need to achieve that goal? (this of this is an ask of anyone reading).
I’m working on a few exciting songwriting projects and I’m always looking to collaborate with passionate artists and producers while continuing on being part of and working with WIM as it expands and helps members around the world. I’m looking forward to help and inspire more and more people in this coming year.
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