Nina Swint is a based out of Chicago and runs a production company, manages a band, and does freelance work. Read below to find out about how she got into the industry, what steps she took to get where she is today, and why equality in the music industry is important to her!
What are your different jobs in music and how long have you been doing them?
I have a few jobs I work regularly, some that I work on the occasion, an internship, and a band that I manage. My main focus in running Out of Context Productions, a company I started back in August 2016. We put on shows and events in the Chicagoland area; there’s nothing in the world I would rather be doing than booking and running shows. Handling venues, artist/agent communication, coordinating my team, and marketing are all part of my daily task. I got into this during school when I used to book shows with a student organization called Loyolacore, but when I realized school wasn’t for me, I needed another outlet to start putting shows together.
Managing Tiny Kingdoms is also high on my work list. Being available at all times of the day is important, as handling shows, keeping the boys on track with goals, and taking time for meetings are the standard duties of this job. My relationship with the boys started through a Facebook post I made asking bands if they were looking for managers, and now here we are almost 9 months later. Right now we’re focusing on releasing new music and fall touring after just dropping a new single at the end of May!
My main source of income is freelance work. The best part about what I do is that I always am doing something different, so each week is not a repetition of the same, mundane job. Working the freelance life is something I dropped out of school to do, and I couldn’t be happier. I serve at a few venues, do box office work, in-house merch at a couple different places as well, and work VIP events. Each day is surrounded by new music, new faces, and it never gets old, but it still allows me to take the time I need to put Out of Context first on my priorities.
What’s your favorite part of your job(s)?
Working so many jobs, I really do appreciate that I never get bored or stuck. Getting to go from the DIY part of the industry to working stadiums in really cool. Developing friendships with so many people along the way is also one of the best parts about what I do.
How and when did you get interested in the music industry?
Music used to be a pastime, I enjoyed concerts and festivals, but it was never used to be a career path. While in college, I joined a club called Loyolacore and got really involved. My sophomore year, we started working with Hope For The Day and organized concert with Beartooth, and from then on, I haven’t done anything else.
What were some of the most crucial steps for you to get to this point in your career?
It’s all about working hard and not letting momentum slow. If my phone rings at 11pm on a Saturday, you bet I answer that call. Putting myself out there for people to hire me, work with me, and get to know me are all important. I travel and network and work my ass off so people know that I am here to book your shows, sell your merch, work your festival, anything.
What trials have you faced and what has helped you overcome them?
First impressions seem to be the hardest part. Being young, introducing myself to someone with a few years on me can be intimidating because I am always worried they won’t take my work seriously. The best ways I’ve come to handle this is just by doing my job. No one will question you once they see you understand the task at hand and get it done the best and most effective way.
Why is equality in this industry important to you?
Misinterpretation of my intention for working is such a consistent issues. I’m here to do my job and that’s the end of it. I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by men and women who respect that, or be in a place where I can easily re-inform the individual making these assumptions that, in fact, I can and will do my job professionally.
What advice would you give to other females looking for a similar career in the music industry?
Be yourself and be the best you can be. Don’t work a job you don’t like and surround yourself with people who respect and value what you do. You’ll make progress a lot faster and be a lot happier once you find a community of friends who will support what you do unconditionally.