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Lenny Sasso ('10)

Lenny SassoLenny Sasso grew up on the New Jersey coast knowing he wanted to get involved in the music business somehow. In high school, he took courses such as Rock N’ Roll History and really dove into music after leaving sports behind. Lenny played bass in a few bands and in every school function possible. 

When it came time to apply to college, Drexel offered the chance to explore this world of music and entertainment through the Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) program. At Drexel, Lenny got involved with the student-run Late Night Series within the first month and continued until he graduated. On a whim in his junior year, Lenny emailed Red Light Management in New York City because he listened to several of the bands on their roster. Soon, he was working there managing Underoath, The Starting Line, The Almost, Hit The Lights, Fake Problems, Person L, and Say Anything. 

After graduation and a little more time at Red Light, Lenny moved back to Philly to work with and manage a new band - June Divided. Within a few short months, the band released their debut EP, was featured in Alternative Press, performed at SXSW and on NBC, and had a music video on mtvU. That summer, June Divided performed a date on the Warped Tour and were chosen by Ernie Ball Music Man to perform in Los Angeles where they walked away with an endorsement deal and two-week run on Warped Tour 2012. In January 2012, Lenny became a permanent member of the band. The band’s first full album “Backbone” was released in July 2012. During the Warped Tour 2012, radio play picked up for the single ‘Secrets’ and the band’s music video began playing on MTV. June Divided recently performed on the CW Network show ‘Dance City.’

The Q&A

What are you up to right now?

I am currently managing and performing in June Divided. I’m still living in Philly, so when we aren’t on the road I’m working at World Cafe Live as a lighting designer.


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

It’s challenging! Even though I’ve achieved some crazy things like being on MTV and performing on Warped Tour, it’s still a struggle every day to be heard. To be successful in the music industry you really need to eat, sleep, breathe, music. I hardly have a social life anymore as all we do is work on writing new tunes, band practice, touring, and strategizing our next move.


How did EAM help you get here?

Definitely learning about how to acquire and maintain a network of connections is what I believe is going to get you furthest in this business. When I was back in EAM I tried to get involved with as many organizations and be as active with making connections as I could. Also the other big thing to know is basic entertainment contract law. Knowing the basics will help you avoid a potential disaster.


Who are you stalking/hoping to work with next?

After we finish writing this next record we’re going to seriously shop it around at labels and try to lock in something, maybe over the summer. I’ve got my eye on several labels I’d like to be a part of and we’ve been talking with a few others so we’ll see what happens! We’re also thinking of maybe collaborating with another band or singer on a tune or two for fun, but haven’t really figured out who yet. As my work load starts to get even more intense I’m also going to find someone to help replace me as ‘manager’ so that I can just focus on the music and day-to-day operations like updating Facebook.


Who is on top of your current playlist?

The Dear Hunter just released their new record on April 4th, I’ve been listening to that a lot. HRVRD is also incredible, been listening to their new record a lot too.


Any advice for current EAM students?

I would say regardless of your track (whether it be music, film, theatre) stick with it and don’t give up. Times are going to get hard after you graduate, especially in this current economy and competition you’re against. But, surround yourself with the right people and immerse yourself in your craft. And of course, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and network with as many people as you can...you never know who might be able to help you in the future.


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Brandon Ginsberg ('09)

Brandon Ginsberg, EAM Featured Alum - Winter 2013Born 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.



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Amanda Danziger ('10)

Amanda Danziger, EAM Featured Alum - Fall 2012Amanda Danziger’s passion for film and cinematography began in 2008 when she was a student at Drexel University. She volunteered at an orphanage for street children in the town of Byimana, Rwanda. As a way to show her appreciation to those who donated toward the cost of her trip, she bought a camera and set out to film a short documentary, “Umuryango,” about the lives of the children she worked with, many of whom were orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. After this experience, Amanda was hooked on the idea of linking together volunteer work and film. She recognized the overwhelming power of film as a medium to confront western culture with the raw living conditions of the third world. Ferasha Films was born. In 2009 Amanda volunteered to go to India to film her second documentary, “Threads of Hope,” the story of impoverished women at ConneXions, a fair trade vocational school in Kolkata, India. She received a scholarship from the McKnight Fund to finance the project. Her compassion for the poor and her visual arts talents have brought attention and awareness to the needs of those who live in the third world.

The Q&A

What are you up to right now?

After graduating in 2010, I started working on my first full-length feature documentary, “The Backyard Philly Project.” This documentary is the culmination of two years of filming, directing, and producing. It is currently being finished off in post-production and I am preparing to premiere the film this May at Drexel University.


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

It can be difficult at times, but I never find myself discouraged. It’s easy to hear the world “no” in the real world, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to give up. You just have to pick yourself up and keep going until the world opens its doors.


How did EAM help you get here?

While a student in the EAM program, I took the opportunity to create my own organization, “Ferasha Films.” A lot of professors mentored me and helped me in my journey into the world of documentary filmmaking. It’s important to know that when you create a piece of art there are a lot of things that you must accomplish in order to make your creation successful. The EAM program really taught me a lot of the business side --- creating a business plan, raising funds, and the world of marketing.


Who are you stalking/hoping to work with next?

There is a school in India I’d really love to film a story at, but I can’t tell you anymore of my secrets.


Who is on top of your current playlist?

Iron & Wine


Any advice for current EAM students?

Don’t let college pass you by. These are the years that you can build something. Who cares if it fails and fails. This is the time to make your ideas rise. Don’t graduate into a sea of faces, stand out and make a name for yourself.



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