UM junior sees music industry from inside

July 10, 2004|By Vera Eidelman | Vera Eidelman,SUN STAFF

Winning a credit card contest was an experience for Brian Bauer, 20, a junior at the University of Maryland. In fact, it was priceless.

For the past five weeks, Bauer worked with the Universal Music and Video Department and learned from leading music and entertainment industry experts in Los Angeles. And, he helped produce two music videos for the Hoobastank song "Same Direction."

"We had our hand in everything; they worked us like dogs. But, at the same time, it didn't feel like work because it was so interesting," he recalls.

Bauer entered a contest sponsored by MasterCard last year. He wrote a 250-word essay on his aspirations in the music industry, and created a two-minute video. He was chosen along with 15 other college students from among more than 20,000 applicants for this "Priceless Experience," an internship program.

Bauer helped write scripts, make sets and choose locations. "The whole thing was awesome," he says.

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