Former BIMM student Rachel Mosleh explains how she went on to tour with a Sex Pistol and return to BIMM as a vocal coach and Head of Alumni
When did you study at BIMM and what did you study?
I started at BIMM in 2006 and did the BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Musicianship, specialising in vocals.
What were the most important things you learned?
The most important thing I learned whilst at BIMM was the value of networking. At the time, the word ‘networking’ used to scare me a bit. For some reason, I used to imagine rooms filled with men in suits where I’d have sell myself in a sentence with my career hanging in the balance if I didn’t come across as being interesting enough. In reality though, I learned that it is simply building and maintaining relationships with likeminded people. It actually just meant being proactive in lessons, booking tutorials, rehearsing with other musicians, going to jam nights and making sure I kept in touch with the people that I met.
What do you do now and how did you get the job?
As with most people in a creative industry I have what I guess you might call a portfolio career. I am a session singer, which means that I get to be involved in a wide variety of projects. Last autumn, for instance, I found myself recording a radio jingle one day and then touring with a Sex Pistol the next. Additionally, I am a vocal coach at BIMM and at The BRIT School through my company, The Harmony Group. I am also the Head of Alumni for the BIMM Group, which means I get to work with graduates. That might mean helping them with career planning so that they can carve their way in the music industry, booking alumni as guest speaks for BIMM events or coming up with initiatives to support our alumni.
Can you tell us about the newly launched Artist Award?
The BIMM Artist Award is a very exciting new initiative for 2017. It is a chance for an alumni band/artist to win up to £5000 plus artist development. It can sometimes be tough for emerging bands to gain access to funding and following in the footsteps of the great work that the PRS Momentum Fund do, we wanted to make sure that we are doing what we can to help support our graduates.
Do you help current as well as former students get jobs?
The alumni service is for graduates and final year students. We think it is extremely important for final year students to be able to use services such as the tutorial system, so that they can talk about their progression, and BIMM Connect, an online platform where they can network with other alumni ahead of leaving BIMM and gain access to the online jobs board etc. For any students wishing to gain support with internships and careers planning, they can book tutorials with Nicky Kingsbury-Williams: email@example.com To sign up to BIMM Connect, go to: www.bimm.co.uk/alumni