A How-To Guide On The Music Journalism Experience

A How-To Guide On The Music Journalism Experience

What if I told you I haven't paid to go to a concert in over a year?



How's my lipstick?


Phone fully charged.


"Haley Walker, I'm on the list for….."

The best thing that's happened to me since joining Odyssey? It's easily been not paying for a single concert in over a year, sugar coated with the fact I get to meet amazing artists and publicists. All while pursuing my greatest passion. Odyssey gives me an outlet to write to my heart's content every single week, and concerts, well they give me pretty much everything else. Love, freedom, passion, liveliness, a sense of home and belonging, every emotion humanly possible, and an overall good time to say the least.

It's one thing to relate to a song while listening to it through your headphones, it's another thing to shout the lyrics at the top of your lungs while your favorite artist is doing the same thing right back in person, and it is on a completely different level to get to sit down with that artist and talk to them about what inspired them to write that song in the first place. It's what music is all about.

But how do I get to do all of this? Let me share with you!!!! If you have a passion, FOLLOW IT! I am as introverted as it gets and I was SO nervous the first time I covered a concert from claiming my free tickets, going into the photo pit, and interviewing one of the band members afterwards (shoutout to Night Riots, you will always have a special place in my heart because of this). BUT IT'S WORTH IT! Nothing makes me feel more alive, understood, and like I belong and are loved than going to a concert. The music industry feels like home and I never would've known this had I not stepped out of my comfort zone and gone to a concert as press. Don't let your dreams just be a cotton candy texture that seems intangible. Claim! It!

Step One: Join Odyssey! Duh! Or any legitimate writing outlet of your choosing! You need a place to share all your writings and photos, and a platform to publish your pieces! Publicists want to know you write for real, recognizable audience.

Step Two: Figure out where and what concert you want to go to. While I have gone to concerts that have seating and assigned tickets, it is far more easier to get into a concert that is general admission simply because there's no ticket priority. In my personal opinion, general admission concerts are superior anyway because you can be as close to the artist as you want all squished together with people who adore them as much as you do!

Step Two cont: Choose the artist!!!! Yeah!!!!! When I was just beginning I sought out openers, just because they weren't as famous so I knew I would have a better chance of getting the opportunity.

Step Two cont again: Look up their tour to figure out when and where they are coming near to you. Being in College Station allows me to have the best location. I can go to Dallas, Houston, Austin, Waco, or San Antonio for a concert without having to drive more than three hours. Score.

Step Three: Find the artist's press contact or publicist. I usually do this through their facebook page, their spotify, or their personal website. NOT THEIR MANAGER!!! The manager will just get annoyed and forward your email to who it actually concerns because they have bigger and better things to do like manage famous people.

Step Four: craft the best email in all of eternity. Professionalism, eagerness, and a dash of "I've definitely done this before," even if you haven't. Include the location, artist, date, goal, and what you will publish. If it's a more famous artist I include a portfolio of other articles I've written about other musicians just to let them know I have experience. After I get the confirmation from the press contact, then I go in for the interview and photo pit pass. I have only been rejected to cover a concert twice because they were sold out, I always get a photo pit pass, and I've gotten to interview three artists. So exciting!

Step Five: Go to the concert! Make a day out of it! Sight see and fan girl (or boy) and embrace the city/artist! If you are covering an opener, definitely be at the venue an hour before the show so you know you have enough time to get your tickets, photo pit pass, and line up by the pit. If you're covering the main act, 30 minutes prior is enough time, but if you're there for it, you can go in the photo pit for all of the artists, not just the headliner. If the show is general admission, I like to be there super early so I can be at the front, but that's just personal preference. Enjoy the concert! If something sticks out to me I write it down in the notes of my phone so I don't forget how everything felt in that exact moment. Be present. Let the music soak through your skin and change you.

Step Six: After you finish the article, email them back the published piece and any extra photos you want to send them. Seriously BLOW UP social media with it and tag them in everything, sometimes the artist responds or reposts! Exciting!

Step seven is obviously repeat! It's seriously SO much fun you guys and I cannot recommend this enough! It's beyond rewarding! Music is the BEST thing to me and I want to spend my life typing its praises.

Xoxo, a hopeful music journalist.

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."

Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)

When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."

When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."

When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"

When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."

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If You're A College Kid In Love And Ready For The Next Step, Talk About Your Finances

If you're ready, barriers need to be broken.


Dating in college is exciting. While many are still in their "exploring" phase of dating and hookups, others are getting ready to settle down with that special someone. A big part of settling down with someone is getting over some pretty big marks in your relationship. Whether that's going to the bathroom while they brush their teeth or finally letting one rip in front of the other, you have to be comfortable with your significant other in order to take it to the next level.

There's many things you should go over when moving into a "serious" relationship. The most important one, is often shoved in the back of the closet because people don't want to talk about it— finances.

That's right. Finances. You need to be able to talk to your significant other about finances on both sides.

The stereotypical "don't tell people what you make" phrase, needs to get thrown out the window.

In order to start a life with someone, (a.k.a. living together) you need to be able to discuss finances together. You need to know what they make. They need to know what you make. Without the knowledge of finances, you won't be able to balance the payments needed of living together.

How to pay for groceries, how to pay the mortgage or rent, how to pay utilities, and everything else you can imagine.

When you're with someone and want to continue being with them for a long time, you need to be comfortable to talk about anything and everything. If you can't, your relationship really won't progress into a happy and healthy state. I understand if you've only been dating for a short time. But if you've been dating for a couple years and plan on living together or even getting married, you need to talk about it.

Neither of you should care if one makes more money than the other. It's no longer a one-way street. You two are becoming a team and you need to work like one. You have to combine forces and both of your knowledge and use it to your advantage. Without that necessary knowledge, you're going to go day by day wondering how things are going to get done.

I know it seems silly. But it's becoming real life. This is adulthood and a part of that is learning to tackle life on your own. The bright side is that, you don't have to do it alone.

So grab your partner, sit them down and pop the question.

"How much do you make? And how can we make life easier?"

Here are 5 tips for how to pop the finance question:

1. Pick a night where neither of you have anything planned.

You want to be able to sit down and talk about it without constantly looking at the clock.

2. Make sure it's just to the two of you.

Nobody needs to have their best friend or parents involved. Only you two.

3. Have examples ready.

When my boyfriend and I talked about finances, he was a little confused at first. I specified that one of us could take care of the mortgage payments, the other could take care of groceries/cable, etc. Having examples of how to split it up can be an eye opener.

4. Don't pry.

Yes, you should talk about your finances, but if it's still too early for them to talk about it, don't harass them. Let them know that it's something you two should think about and that for a well growing relationship, this will help. But if you pry at them you may push them away.

5. Remember: this is to make BOTH your lives easier.

If you're the one bringing up the conversation of finances, I can see how it can be nerve wracking to either sides. While it may seem like their trying to control your life, all you're doing is making life easier for the both of you. You are a team, nobody is in control of the other and that is the BIGGEST thing to remember!

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