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See Her Seelio: Music Business Student, Social Media Maven: Natalie Cheng

Music Business student Natalie Cheng was one of the first Seelio users, and one of the most interesting. With experience in music, social media and more, Natalie is a great example of putting talent to practice.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you decide to get an MBA in Music Business, how is it different than a typical MBA program? 

Natalie Cheng

I’m Natalie Cheng and I am currently a graduate student at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I am originally from Texas and I enjoy swimming (I was on the swim team from elementary to high school) and music. I love learning about social media and read various blogs about marketing and tech. In terms of careers, I am interested in roles that involve marketing, social media, technology, or the music industry.

I decided to get an MBA in Music Business because I wanted to learn more about the industry and connect with music business professionals in Nashville a.k.a. Music City. I am in an MBA program that is accelerated (1 year) where all students take the same core courses. Students have an option to take different electives in order to concentrate on a certain area of business such as accounting, finance, healthcare, and music business. I have taken music business electives and will take some marketing electives. I like that the MBA program at Belmont allows us to customize our degree with different electives.

One of your Seelio works is the “Grammy U Liaison — The Recording Academy”, can you tell us a little about what you did there? What was your favorite part of the experience?

Grammy U Liaison
The Recording Academy has an organization called Grammy U where college students that are interested in working in the music industry could learn more about the business and network with professionals. There are various chapters of Grammy U around the U.S. and various college representatives. I was a college representative for The Recording Academy while attending Texas A&M University. As a Grammy U Liaison, I helped recruit new members at my school to The Recording Academy by talking about the Grammy U organization and posting flyers. I also volunteered at various events held by The Recording Academy.

My favorite part of the experience was getting to volunteer on the Grammy U Tweet Team during SXSW in Austin, TX. As part of the Grammy U Tweet Team, I along with a few other Grammy U reps went to various locations in downtown Austin to hand out free things and recruit new members to the organization during the annual SXSW conference. We had a person in Los Angeles sending out tweets on Twitter telling followers to find us in Austin for free stuff and to win prizes. I enjoyed participating in the Grammy U Tweet Team because I got to collaborate with other students from different schools and meet music business professionals.

Why did you decide to create a Seelio and how do you use it?

See Her Seelio: International Journalist Extrarodinaire, BU Senior, Jennifer Guay!

Today we are continuing to profile notible Seelonians with International Journalist Extrarodinaire, Boston University Senior Jennifer Guay!

Jennifer Guay

Q: Tell us a little about yourself, what sparked your interest in journalism?

My name is Jennifer Guay, and I’m originally from Montreal, Canada, but currently live in Boston. I’m a senior studying journalism and political science at Boston University, and am just finishing up an internship in the politics unit of NBC’s Boston affiliate, WHDH. Next semester, I’ll be working as a correspondent for USA TODAY College, and hopefully taking on another internship (I’m currently in the interview process), as well as frantically applying for post-grad jobs. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and all of the classes I’ve taken, activities I’ve participated in, and internships I’ve had have only reinforced that decision. I’m drawn to the fast-paced, spontaneous nature of the industry, and I love the notion that as a journalist, I could help keep the public educated and well-informed.

Q: I see you’ve had some experience writing for international magazines/newspapers, specifically in the Czech Republic and Ireland — how did you find these opportunities? What did you learn from them?

I’ve been fortunate enough to study abroad twice throughout my college career. At Boston University, most students go abroad their second semester junior year, but I didn’t want to wait that long to live in Europe. I began researching external programs sophomore year, and found a fantastic study abroad trip through University Studies Abroad Consortium. Before I went to Prague, I applied for internships at every English publication I could find. Most didn’t even know what the concept of an internship was–until I found The New Presence, a political affairs journal focused on Central Europe. The editor happened to be an American ex-pat and hired me without even meeting me, and I’m so grateful! I think that sometimes when American students go abroad together, they don’t make an effort to break out of their circle of friends and immerse themselves in the country’s culture.

Working at The New Presence was a way for me to meet Czechs and learn about their history and customs in a way I never would have in a classroom. I went to art exhibits protesting the status quo, lectures on Russian politics and economics, and hidden gay bars to interview men and women who felt marginalized in Czech society. It’s one of the most edifying internship experiences I’ve ever had. Last semester, I went to Dublin through Boston University’s study abroad program. I was lucky enough to get an internship at Hot Press Magazine, which is essentially Ireland’s answer to Rolling Stone. It was another wonderful experience that taught me a lot about conducting interviews under pressure and writing about all varieties of music.

Jennifer Guay Seelio

Q: Looking at your work (on your Seelio and website), I see that you write about a wide variety of topics, from house music to cultural & international studies. How do you choose topics to write about?

I generally haven’t had much of a choice when it comes to the subjects I’ve written about. The Bloody Beetroots story was assigned to me, as were all the music-related stories I’ve written.  I wrote “Everyone’s a critic,” a story about the effect of online review websites on small business, for a Business & Economics journalism class I took last year and submitted the story to a local paper for publication. The story featured in The New Presence was inspired by an American study I read about while in Prague. It found that although Prague seems very open to promoting gay rights, Czechs are actually among the least tolerant of homosexuality in the world. I thought the story was fascinating; at the time, I had been living in Prague for a month or so, and had noticed that the Czech people live a life of quiet stoicism. To me, the effects of communism (which was only toppled in 1989) still seemed so ingrained in society, and the story only punctuated that idea. I pitched an in-depth story on the study’s findings to my editor, and she was kind enough to let me write the feature. I enjoy focusing on a wide range of subject matter, because I think that no quality is more important in a journalist than a broad perspective, but ‘The myth of Czech tolerance’ is the type of writing I’d like to do in the long run.

Bloody Beetroots

Q: Dream job?

My dream job would be working at a publication like The New Yorker, where writers are allotted enough time to craft exceptional, thorough stories. I’d also love to work at a large-scale news organization like CNN, and get a taste of working under the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle.

Q: How did you hear about Seelio?

Over the summer, I worked at an office that houses a lot of tech-oriented companies, and I heard someone mention Seelio as a new way to present your work and resume online. I was immediately intrigued.

Q: How is showcasing your work on Seelio different than on other platforms or on a traditional resume?

Seelio is an excellent tool for visual-oriented people who would prefer that the work they do represent them, rather than relying on a standard, one-size-fits-all resume to sum up what they can offer an employer. Our generation’s work experience doesn’t necessarily fit into the single page, black-and-white resume convention anymore, so Seelio is a great tool for people working in media, design, the arts, technology, etc. to showcase what they’re proud of.
The New Presence

Q: What work on your Seelio are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my story published in The New Presence–in case you couldn’t already tell! Just a few days ago, I received an e-mail from a man seeking for help for his Czech friend, a professional sports figure pursuing asylum in the United States. He has a small public following, and no longer feels comfortable being openly gay in the Czech Republic. In the e-mail, his friend asked for my help to provide research corroborating his case. It’s a great feeling to know you can help someone out with your writing – even in a small way!

Q: How do you hope Seelio can help you in the future?

I hope that Seelio continues to attract employers, and that they continue to post more job opportunities on the site. I think that Seelio has the potential to grow and become an optimized version of Linkedin, where employers and potential employees can interact more authentically: when you upload examples of work you’ve done, an employer knows what he or she is getting. Resumes can be exaggerated and enhanced, but the work you post transparently reflects who you are and what you are capable of doing.

Q: If you could tell every student at your university about Seelio, what would you tell them?

I would tell them that I think Seelio is a fantastic new way to showcase yourself to employers for all the aforementioned reasons, and that they should give it a try!

Want to see more of Jennifer’s work? Find it on Seelio!

If you want to be profiled on Seelio, e-mail Chelsea (chelsea@seelio.com). 

See His Seelio: Air Force Pilot and Entrepreneur, Robert Barlow

This week we want to introduce you to Air Force Pilot, Robert Barlow. Robert graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and is currently pursuing his Masters in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. Robert also interned with Seelio remotely for the past semester.

Robert Barlow

1.  Tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised in the Quad Cities, which is on the Iowa/Illinois border about halfway between Chicago and Des Moines.  Growing up I played all kinds of sports and in high school I turned out to be pretty good at football and wrestling.  Because of this, I was recruited to play football at the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, CO.  I had other options such as Northwestern, Dartmouth, and the University of Iowa, but my gut feeling told me to head West.  I played football for the first two years at USAFA and served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach my junior year before stepping down my senior year and focusing on Academics.  I never really wanted to fly growing up, but once again, my gut feeling told me to go for a pilot slot.  Luckily my overall performance at the Academy proved to be enough to earn a pilot slot, which is a fairly competitive process.  Upon graduating in May of 2009, I moved to Enid, OK to attend Air Force Pilot Training.  I don’t think I have ever worked harder academically than I did over the 52 week undergraduate pilot training course.  The hard work paid off as I graduated #2 in my class of 30 and was selected to remain at Vance as a first assignment instructor pilot flying the T-6 Texan II.  After my tour at Vance is finished, I hope to attend follow on training at Luke AFB, in Phoenix, AZ, to learn how to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon or some other type of fighter/attack aircraft.

2. From Air Force to Masters in Entrepreneurship is an interesting transition. What made you decide to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship?

As part of the Air Force rank promotion structure, every officer is required to get a masters degree in order to advance in rank.  If an officer fails to do this within the first 12-15 years of service, they will plateau at a certain rank.  With this in mind, I wanted to get masters done as quickly as possible once I finished pilot training.  As a management major at the Academy, I was exposed to many different facets of the business world.  The one that I enjoyed the most and excelled at was entrepreneurship.  After doing some research and asking other officers who were getting their masters, I decided on Oklahoma State’s program because it was completely online and had a great reputation.  In the military, your job is never assured much past a few months so I want to prepare myself to be successful in the private sector when that time comes.  I’d like to have my own business in the future and what better way to learn about starting one than a Masters in Entrepreneurship?

3. Why did you decide to create a Seelio? What made you want to work for the company?

Well, I actually started out by creating a TruApp profile before Seelio was even around!  I firmly believe success in life is a mix of what you know and who you know.  Seelio is a great way to connect with young go getters around the country and to get your name out to potential employers.  Currently, I am not really in a position to accept a job outside of the military, but as I said before, I like to be prepared for the future and Seelio helps do that.  I also really like the way the site is set up.  It’s easy to set up, change, and navigate!  I like it better than LinkedIn personally.

I actually met Moses Lee on an airport shuttle to the Tempe Mission Palms in Arizona back in January of 2012.  I was on a cross country training trip and he was on his way to an entrepreneurship conference.  I struck up a conversation with him and he told me about a few of his start ups.  He gave me his business card and told me to check out TruApp.  I did and I liked what I saw!  I knew I had a class that was a virtual internship coming up so I sent him an email and asked if I could intern for TruApp in the fall of 2012.  He agreed and the rest is history.  I wanted to work for TruApp/Seelio because it was a social networking startup and I wanted to learn more about this form of business and make some connections.  It has been a great experience thus far!

Robert Barlow EPortfolio

4. What have you learned from the Air Force that you will take with you into future experiences?

Where to start?  I learned a lot at the Academy both academically and leadership wise.  I studied everything from behavioral sciences to mechanical engineering to law to political science.  The Academy’s rigorous academic requirements make you a well educated and academically rounded officer upon graduation.  Additionally, as you progress through the cadet ranks (freshman to senior) you are tasked with being in charge of more and more people and take on more and more responsibility.  Once I graduated, Air Force pilot training taught me the value of determination, focus, and the ability to buckle down and focus on one goal over a long period of time.  It proved to me that hard work really does pay off.  Finally, my current position has taught me that dependability it the key to success in large organizations.  Additionally, it has taught me that different situations require different leadership styles and that flexibility is the key to accomplishing goals and the overall mission of my squadron, which is to develop, deliver, and deploy airmen.  All of these lessons will stick with me until the day I die!

5.  What is your favorite thing on your Seelio?

I would have to say that a few of my works are my favorite things.  The first work, a video of T-6’s doing formation flying, is pretty unique.  After scouring through a lot of different users, I didn’t really find anyone who had any aviation related works.  I think it helps connect my about me portion to something visual and gives people an idea of what I do on a daily basis.  The second work I am most proud of, is the Air Force Biodiesel Initiative power point.  This slide show is just a small snapshot of a year of work and research I did for my management capstone at the Academy.  We did a lot of work to help the Air Force start the process of going green and that project is still being worked on at the Academy.  I guess you could say it is sort of the legacy I left in the management department at the Academy.

6. What is it you hope to do in the future?

As I stated before, I would love to have the opportunity to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.  However, if that is not in the plans for me, I will be happy flying whatever the Air Force places me in.  In my opinion, there is no such thing as a bad flying job!  My plan is to stay in the Air Force as long as I enjoy my job and it makes sense personally.  When the time to separate comes along I hope to have a lot of options.  I wouldn’t mind flying for Southwest or FedEx.  However, if I decide to take a non-flying job, I would like to start my own business, or be part of a business start up.  Whatever I do, I want to ensure the financial future for my future family and myself.  Once this is accomplished, I’d really like to teach high school history or physical education and coach football!  Football was my first passion in life and I’m a huge football fan in general.  I also think you can have a very positive impact on young peoples’ lives in high school athletics.  I’m not the type of person who plans to far ahead though because you can plan all you want but you never know what life will throw at you.  My goal is to always be prepared for whatever it is life throws at me!

The Seelio team also wants to thank Robert for his great work with us last semester! For more about Robert’s work in the Air Force and some of his entrepreneurial projects see his Seelio.

If you want to be featured in a Seelio blog post, contact Community Manager Chelsea (chelsea@seelio.com).