Berklee Blogs checks in with Florenza Campos, Brazilian-born singer-songwriter, Professional Music major and freshly minted intern at Universal Music Latin. We’ll check in periodically with Florenza as she shares her lessons and insights from Miami as one of the Office of Experiential Learning’s veteran interns.
To make up for my family vacation to Europe last week, I worked extra hours every day at Universal. It made me feel like it was my regular job, and that all that was missing was my paycheck!
I was able to attend another few recording sessions, which were all amazing for me. I got to visit the “Hit Factory” of Miami, where many huge artists record their music. A more tedious job I had was spending days buying shipping material to mail 130 CDRs to 130 different addresses. That took me quite some time but such a weight was lifted off my shoulder when I was done.
On the week of February 13, it was chaos at the office to prepare for one of Latin Music’s biggest award events – Premios Lo Nuestro. Many artists of Universal Latin were selected to receive awards and perform at the event, which took place on Thursday, February 16 – the day before I left for vacation. I did everything I could to help out everybody at the office, making sure that everything was under control. Just before the event, I had to go to the Intercontinental Hotel where most of the artists were staying at, and report the moment they each left so the workers of the event knew who to pull out the red carpet for. It was wonderful being part of such a glamorous day.
After the event, I arrived at the after party early so I could get everything set up. As guests started coming in, I would give them wristbands and check their names off the list. I was dividing my job with other fellow co-workers, and we would switch so each of us could get a taste of the beautiful party. I met so many wonderful people, and felt like a star myself. There were so many familiar faces of people I had worked with in the past, and it was great to be able to say I was working for Universal. I felt so respected.
I missed working while I was away with my family. It was wonderful to be with them, but I felt like I had to be doing something to help my boss! We exchanged e-mails and he just thanked me for all my hard work and told me to enjoy my “well deserved” vacation.
Brazilian born singer-songwriter Florenza started her musical passion at the age of 4, when she first heard her mom singing karaoke. Not knowing English yet, she would listen to and mimic the sounds of idols Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. After moving to Miami at the age of 8, she immediately began vocal lessons with Grammy Award-Winning voice coach and producer Jose Miguel Velasquez, who produced her first two demos. At 15, she was invited by legendary producer Rudy Perez, to sing background for over 25 Disney songs in Portuguese for Disney’s 100 Years of Magic in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2008, she recorded in Mix Studios in Miami, Florida, a song called “Love Me Forever”, produced and written by the Fliptones (Britney Spears, Lil Wayne), and Jason Derulo.
Her first album “Can’t Describe” is available on iTunes, along with the single “Heartbreaker” featuring remixes by The Krafters and Manny Lehman. All music was written by her and producer Sergio Marte, a fellow Berklee graduate. The “Heartbreaker” remixes have been charting top 10 for the past few months on the Latin Club Charts around the world. With that same single, she has won a spot in this year’s Songwriter’s Night at Berklee College of Music, and will be performing it at the Berklee Performance Center on April 9.
Florenza is at her final semester at Berklee, interning at and loving her job at Universal Music’s Latin Division in Miami, Florida until she graduates in May of this year.
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