By Renee Pinckney, For RedEye
3:08 PM CDT, August 2, 2012
After being featured in RedEye’s ‘Brokesters’ section in June, Marques Stewart said he didn’t know what the outcome would be, but he feels much closer to reaching his goal after an unexpected chance meeting. We caught up with the aspiring music executive for an update.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve had happened to you since being featured?
An entertainment attorney in Chicago saw my ad and personally reached out to me. I met with him, and he expressed how impressive it was that I had put out an ad seeking employment. He said he didn’t have any jobs available at the moment, but we discussed fostering a relationship and to stay in contact just incase an opportunity becomes available.
What have you been up to since being featured?
I’ve been grinding even harder to find something and still keeping my hopes up. I teach piano, music theory and percussion part-time at a musical art school on the South side. Just steadily trying to build my brand.
What advice would you offer to other job seekers, especially those hoping to pursue a career in the music industry?
My advice would be to stay optimistic. A lot of people would say to me that I should do something else because you need connections in order to make it in the music industry. I know it’s going to be hard, but it will come in time. Just stay on your P’s and Q’s so when the opportunity presents itself, you’re ready.
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