10 Questions with ... Jamie Neeck
April 16, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Marketing for Windy City Fieldhouse, Cross-Country Marketing/Promotion for CMT, Marketing for EMI CMG in 2008, National Promotion for EMI CMG since 2010.
1. As you have settled into the promoter's chair, what is your favorite part of the job?
Honestly, I love the travel. I love getting out of the office and doing something different for a few days. It's also great to be able to spend time in person with programmers; you just understand people better/differently once you've met them in person.
2. What made you get involved in the music industry?
My dad was a Top 40 PD for a number of years all over the country and then my family ran a small Christian station in Kansas City growing up, so it's always been around. I think if you asked around, there are tons of people who'd love to work in music. I'm just one of the crazy people who went after it.
3. What projects are you working right now?
BRITT! We've been waiting for this album for a while now and SO excited to get it out. There's no denying Britt Nicole's heart and passion for what she does and her belief in it as a ministry. These are the projects you get excited to be a part of.
4. And what artists or projects that you are NOT working are you excited about?
This is going to sound SO Nashville (saying you're a fan of something before everyone else became a fan), but I've loved JJ Heller's stuff for years. She's currently on tour with Audrey Assad and I'm trying to find a show date that I can go to.
5. What does Christian radio need to do to break through to a mass audience?
Play all really artsy new artists. [Smile] Haha! Just kidding (kinda). Honestly, I've listened to Christian radio my whole life but only worked in it for less than two years. I'm still figuring it out. I've found in my own life that there are seasons where you need to hold steady and enjoy the calm and others where you create some waves and push yourself, and those are the ones that tend to lead to growth. I'd love to see both our label side and stations create a few more waves.
6. If you could have any other job outside radio or the music industry, what would it be?
I love building things. But don't be mislead, I'm terrible at it and haven't built anything in a few years since my living space doesn't really accommodate it. Doing something like that where you're using your hands and creating things, that's always appealed to me. That or real estate, but I'm pretty sure that's just cause I watch too much HGTV.
7. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like read, go to see documentaries with Tamara Moore, and watch "House Hunters International" on HGTV.
8. Who inspires you personally, spiritually and/or professionally?
Really for all three, my brother, the guy's been through a lot and watching his perseverance and willingness to make hard decisions has taught me a lot about what I am capable of.
9. Best piece of advice you've ever received:
I'm a marketing blog/book nut and a Seth Godin fan. In a blog post (probably forever ago) he talked about how we view pressure. One phrase from that was "symphony conductors don't endure the pressure of a performance, they thrive on it." I have this on a note card, taped to the wall in my office. It's a nice reminder to not let pressure and stress create fear or anxiety, but instead remember that I love what I'm doing, and enjoy and take energy from it when it's crazy busy. [Smile]
10. Fill in the blank. I can't start the day without:
Really strong black coffee in a cute mug