LEARN ABOUT CAM AMBASSADOR ANNIE JAMES
What brought you to CU Denver, and specifically the College of Arts and Media?
Towards the end of high school, I knew that I wanted to study music but wasn’t sure what I could study in music. Luckily, I had a friend who had already graduated and had decided to attend CU Denver. He gave me a tour, and I immediately fell in love with the campus and the classes that CAM had to offer.
Why did you want to become part of the CAM Ambassadors group? What do you think it will do for you and the school?
Being a CAM Ambassador provides opportunities that you can’t find anywhere else. We are able to work with faculty and staff on both professional and personal bases more so than regular classes because of the amount of time we all spend together and the experiences that we are lucky enough to have. I think that CAM Ambassador program will provide me with the experience necessary to further my networking skills and of course provide me with some of the best memories of college. The program is a great team for the school because it integrates students into communities and cultures that they may never have had the chance to experience see otherwise.
What is your favorite part of being in the CAM program?
My favorite part of being a student in CAM is meeting new people everyday and never being able to expect what might happen next. Every year, I go into the first day of school wondering might be in store for myself and my friends/peers, and what it will all lead to. Half the fun of working in the music industry is not having a regular 9-5 job with a predictable schedule. I like staying on my toes and never being ready for what’s next, but later being able to find my way with the tools that I have been provided in this program.
What is your favorite location to go to in Denver?
My favorite place in Denver is probably all of the music venues. I’m lucky enough to work at the Marquis Theatre, the Fillmore Auditorium and Pearl’s/Your Mom’s House, but the best part is they never feel like work. I love being able to make a living where anyone can find a place they fit in. Music is really beautiful in the sense that it’s subjective and almost malleable. One song can mean 1000 different things to a million people.
What concentration do you find yourself leaning towards the most? Why? When did you get started?
I am a music business and vocal performance major, so I find myself right smack in the middle a lot of the time. My venue jobs have really influenced what I want to do when I graduate. A year ago, I would have said I wanted to pursue music publishing or music supervision, but now I’m more leaning towards something in live music. I would love to be able to work anywhere on a tour, mostly because of the travel and because I really enjoy getting to know people on a personal basis, and there’s nothing more personal than a tour bus/van. I think later in my career I would still love to work in publishing, but while I’m young I don’t want to stay in one spot.
What helps you get inspired?
This is kind of a loaded question because for me it really depends on the day. With songwriting, I don’t usually lean towards following a lot of the techniques that I’ve been taught in songwriting ensemble (i.e. object write, prompts, etc.) because I find that unless I have a personal connection to something, my song sucks. However I do find a lot of inspiration on the business side of things in my everyday classes and talking to my classmates and teachers. Everyone is always trying to better themselves and take advantage of new opportunities so it’s really motivating for me to do the same.
MORE ABOUT ANNIE
Annie James is a senior at CU Denver study Music Business and Vocal Performance. She is very involved in the local music industry and on campus. Annie works at two local music venues: Marquis Theatre and Fillmore Auditorium, and on campus as an Events Programmer on the Events and Partnerships team. She loves staying busy and taking advantage of as many opportunities come her way! Her motto is: “If I have enough time to think about how much time I don’t have to get everything done, I have too much time on my hands.”
After graduation in May 2018, Annie hopes to be working in live music whether it be continuing to work at venues or working somewhere on a tour. She loves to travel and thrives off of new experiences, so she can’t wait to see where her music career will take her after college.
Annie would like to thank the College of Arts and Media for always providing exciting opportunities to travel, network, and further her career goals. She can’t wait for this once in a lifetime trip to go to Uganda and learn about a completely different culture and music scene!