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LIFE AS A TALENT MANAGER

Brandon Ginsberg

BS entertainment & arts management ’09

Brandon Ginsberg

Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Brandon learned to play piano and many other instruments at a young age. Throughout high school he continued studying music and performed percussion in multiple bands. Brandon’s first job in the entertainment industry was as a roadie and DJ for an entertainment company in Philadelphia. Immediately after high school, he set off on his first international tour as a drummer. After the excitement of the tour, Brandon decided to continue his education in the Entertainment & Arts Management program at Drexel University. There he gained experience by touring as a musician, working as a DJ and interning with Live Nation and Universal Music Group. In the summer of 2009, Brandon moved to Los Angeles to work for Red Light Management (RLM). Within RLM, he has progressed from an intern to an established talent manager very quickly. Today Brandon represents multiple artists across various genres in the music industry for RLM.

THE Q&A

What are you up to right now?

I am a manager at Red Light Management in Los Angeles, CA. I represent a diverse group of artists from indie rock acts to DJs and producers. I also consult for multiple companies providing assistance in brand development within the music space.


What is it like being in “the biz” as a pro?

A pro? Haha well… I have been in Los Angeles for about 4 years and although I have learned an incredible amount about the entertainment industry, I am always learning. I have two mentors at Red Light, Bruce Flohr and Bruce Eskowitz, who have provided countless opportunities for me to progress as a manager.


How did EAM help you get here?

Beyond the wealth of knowledge that I obtained while attending Drexel, the relationships that I developed while in the EAM program led me to where I am today. During a Touring and Concert Promotion class at Drexel, my professor, Eva Alexiou-Reo introduced me to Red Light Management where she had worked with Bruce Flohr on a project that she was representing. Eva insisted that I meet with Bruce regarding an internship and during spring break of my senior year; I flew to Los Angeles to meet with him. I was hired as an intern and have turned that internship into my career.


Who are you stalking/hoping to work with next?

Stalking is a disturbing word! I would love to work with an artist like Jay-Z at some point in my career. Not only is he a legend in the music community, he is an entrepreneur.


Who is on top of your current playlist?

Allen Stone
Local Natives
Kendrick Lamar
Bonobo
Hit-Boy
Father John Misty


Any advice for current EAM students?

Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you in school, and in life. Try something new every day. Take advantage of the internship programs. Find a role model or a mentor and learn as much as you can. If you love your job, it will never be considered work.