Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

On Friday, October 11th, The Orchard recognized The International Day of the Girl by celebrating our female colleagues, peers and planning an in-office engagement for NY-based girls in the coming weeks. 

In 2011, The United Nations designated October 11 as The International Day of the Girl to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” As a leader in music distribution, we are privileged to offer a safe space for girls and women to showcase their talents, leadership skills, and work to create equal opportunity within the music industry.

We also remember when we were once girls, with big ideas of who we would one day become, our dream jobs and the like. In spirit of International Day of the Girl, we asked our female colleagues what music career advice they’d give their younger selves.

Check out their answers below and a few throwback photos:

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“3 Rules: work your hardest, lead with love and embrace your uniqueness. You’ll never have any regrets and can accomplish your wildest dreams.” – Allison, Artist & Label Services

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Don’t just love music by going to concerts and buying records, but get involved with the local music
scene in any way possible!” – Allison, College & Lifestyle Marketing

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Always show up, even when you don’t want to.” – Alex, Account Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Trust your vision and always follow your instincts, but never be afraid to ask for help.” – Airene, Design Team

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be, and embrace who you are. Failure is part of the process, keep going!” – Jessica, The Orchard Nashville

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Everyone at all levels makes mistakes. It is your ability to rebound, learn, and move forward with confidence after a mistake that is critical to growing.” – Jaclyn, Global Label Management and Integrations

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Be honest, not to be wannabe.” – Ilenia, Artist Services

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Work hard and don’t let it go unnoticed!” – Holly, Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Your opinion is valuable.” – Hannah, Artist Marketing

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Follow your passions, a job that aligns with your interests but still challenges you will make you excited about your career.” – Devki, Strategy & Finance

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Highlight your unique perspective and
skills, listen to your instincts and give it all you’ve got!” – Colleen, Chief Operating Officer

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Be brave.” – Anne Marie, Artist & Label Services

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Always follow your passions and you will create a rewarding life and career path.” – Susanne, Account Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Let neither stereotypes nor other people decide what music you should listen to.. girl.. if u feel that tune, turn the volume up and sing it out loud!” – Stephanie, Interactive Design

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Get as involved as you can as early as you can and maintain relationships!” – Stephanie, Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Don’t be afraid to find what you are good at and figure out how to do more of it. Make yourself indispensable.” – Samantha, Analytics Services

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Don’t be afraid to be bold and adventurous. Every experience is valuable in some way – put yourself out there.” – Maggie, General Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Never, ever, ever apologize for asking questions! This industry is ever-changing and there is no shame in not knowing the answers right away. Curiosity is so important and shows just how passionate you are about what you do.” – Veronica, Rights Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Never give up, work hard, respect all the people you work with and always be kind.” – Sandivel, A&R and Artist Services

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Don’t stop trying, even if you fall. Keep working and you’ll get there!” – Olivia, Label Management Mexico

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Don’t let other peoples’ journey through their music
career make you feel insecure about your own. Everyone experiences different paths and you just have to focus on yours.” – Miranda, Rights Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“If you’re passionate about something, follow through and never let others opinions get you down. Nobody has the right to tell you that the way you feel about something is wrong. Keep your head up and forge through!” – Michelle, Sales & Marketing

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and shadow people.” – Linda, International Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Relationships, relationships, relationships.” – Katie, Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Take in as much as you can from all departments and learn. This industry is always changing and growing so knowledge is power.” – Darci, Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Try yourself out to know what’s your objective, otherwise you’ll never know what you like and want for your career. Errors count!” – Anna, Label Relations Spain & Portugal

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Recognize that failure is a part of learning and growing.” – Amy, Account Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Move to NYC in your 20s, because it’s easier to develop relationships at that age.” – Michelle, Business & Legal Affairs

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Be genuine, stay indie and everything’s gonna work out fine.” – Lauren, Nashville Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Be open, honest and patient.” – Alyse, Label Management

Celebrating the Girl and Leading Women

“Go after the life you want, even if it’s not what others expect of you or want for you.” – Albina, Rights Management

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