Spotlight on Wes Osborne
What is your hometown?
What year did you graduate and in what area of concentration were you?
May 2015 – Music Business
Why did you choose the RIM program?
As far back as I could remember, the one interest I always had was music. I chose the RIM program because I couldn’t see myself studying anything else. I had so many interests in music I wanted to know it all. As I explored the program it was just that. It was extremely comprehensive across all parts of business but always relating it to the music business. It was the perfect fit for me.
Was there a defining moment when you knew you wanted to pursue music as a career?
As I look back, I believe it was when I started going to concerts and shows around the age of 13 or 14. My friends and I would go to this tiny little venue in a shopping center that probably held 200 or so. I could not get enough. I would ask the guy at the door if I could stamp hands and help fold merch. Of course, the answer was no because I was 13. Half the time I wouldn’t even care what band was on stage I was watching how it worked. Trying to figure out who was in charge, who was talking to the sound guy or who was walking backstage. I recall thinking ‘I want to be them.’ Back then I had no idea what I was observing or that it could someday lead to a career path. Five or six years later I realized it was possible so I had to go for it.
What was the first concert you attended?
2004 When The Sun Goes Down Tour – Kenny Chesney and openers were Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley.
Who are some of your favorite artists currently?
Little Big Town, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch, Taylor Swift, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young.
What is your current position and what are your primary responsibilities?
My current position is Creative Services Coordinator for Opry Entertainment Group (Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, 650 AM WSM, Ole Red Tishomingo & Nashville, and Opry City Stage – New York City). My main responsibility is to project manage all design work for Opry Entertainment Group including graphic design timelines, installations, print production, digital signage, and more.
What career path did you take to end up in your current position?
I started as an intern in Grand Ole Opry marketing because marketing ended up being my main interest as I was finishing school. Over the span of a year, I was able to develop and create my role on the Creative Services team.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
For me, the coolest part is working with iconic brands that are credited to be the jumping off point for country music and developing the city of Nashville into ‘Music City’.
Another very cool part for me is hearing super-star artists and public figures speak so highly of brands that I work for.
Was there any advice or key learning during your time in the program that you still find applicable today? Any life lessons?Make yourself irreplaceable. Make the business you are interning or working for think they cannot function without you.
What advice would you have for students who are preparing to graduate soon?
Work hard. No matter what you are doing. Hard work cannot be denied and it will get noticed & never, never, never pass up an opportunity whether it’s what you want to end up doing or not.
What words of wisdom do you have for students coming into the program? Is there anything
you wish you had done differently?
Listen to your professors. They have incredible advice because they have been there. They have seen it all. Show them you are willing to work for this career path and they will help you the best they can. It worked out for me in the end but I wish I would have gotten more involved early in my time at MTSU. I wish I would’ve volunteered/interned more over the summers and made more contacts earlier. It’s never too early to put yourself out there and try to get some experience under your belt.