Bestie Feature: Khloe Churko
Khloe and I met when she was in Nashville for the Music Biz conference earlier this year. I could immediately tell she was a fun person to be around... and not only that but that she knows her stuff when it comes to the music business! Enjoy reading her story and getting to know her below.
Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what has your journey been like getting to this point?
I am the operations manager at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas. We are a 13,000 sqft recording studio home to many talented artists, producers, songwriters, and engineers. I have been doing this officially for 5 years. We are a family business, so that's pretty much how I got into it. My father is an internationally famous music producer, as well as my brother, and I found a spot for myself on the business side of things because someone has to keep the boys organized around here!
What’s a usual day-in-the-life look like for you?
A usual day for me is COFFEE! Haha. I spend most of my day running around the studio making sure everything is running smoothly, I spend a lot of my time in my office responding to e-mails, scouting potential developmental projects, making sure invoices are getting paid, and booking studio time. Not only do I manage the studio, but assist my dad with his affairs. This can range from dealing with record labels, lawyers, contracts, scheduling, and travel arrangements.
Does community play a role in your career? How so?
Community plays a big role! I've come to find that out recently, and I'm been trying to be more active. This business is heavily run on "word of mouth" and the more involved you are, the more people have good things to say! I recently attended a few Teen events in order to promote artists, and future music industry leaders! I donate raffle prizes that could include studio time, and any kind of swag we have! I find joining organizations like Music Biz Besties, WIM, or Grammy Pro helps build business relationships as well as many friends around the world. We can all help each other in one way or another, and I find having a good community can make the business 100 times better.
What’s your favorite part about the music industry?
I love that every day is different! I've worked jobs in the past where I'm a robot and I go on auto pilot from the time I clock in to the time I clock out. With this industry, every day is different, every artist is different, and every song is different. I love that it's very hard to be bored, and I find instead of just "clocking in and in out" I want to immerse myself into the industry and do as many things as possible each day that will help me grow, learn something new, or just simply have a story to tell!
Knowing what you know now, if you could go back 5 years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would that be?
I've been involved with this industry my entire life because I watched my dad grow within it as well. I did learn a lot of things along the way even if I was only 8 years old and they were simply "life lessons" at the time. One piece of advice that I'm glad I had, and remind myself of over time to is be nice to EVERYONE. You never know who you'll meet 5 years down the road and might need assistance from and if you start tarnishing your reputation early that can hurt you in the future. Luckily I haven't had this problem, but I see it all the time. My biggest piece of advice that I give to anyone is always be pleasant, even when you're angry. Kill people with kindness, because no one can talk negatively about you if they truly haven't had a bad experience and with this industry being a word of mouth industry you can quickly go down the wrong road and many people will hear about it.
Teach us something! (Related to your expertise or something random just for fun)
Being that I'm from Canada, my favourite Canadian fun fact is Canada has more lakes than the entire world combined! :)
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Katherine Forbes, Founder of Designing the Row
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