Ali Ramsaier, a dual Music Business and Performance major and participant in Berklee’s Summer Internship Program in London, tells Berklee Blogs a bit about her internship and her future plans in the music industry.
This is my first blog interning from London. Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to live and visit London, so this summer is the epitome of my dreams and a great kick-off for my final semester at Berklee. I am currently interning at Mark Summers Casting, which is one of the most successful casting companies in Europe. They cast anything from music videos to radio ads to commercials. Their clientele ranges from Madonna and Michael Jackson to Metallica, so I am MORE than excited to be a part of this team. Mark’s company is a bit different than most casting agencies, because it works as both a casting company and an agency. They have their own representatives that they manage- from dancers to actors while casting for many things that potentially help them get more money if one of their clients is hired for the gig. There are so many things to do in the office, and they run a tight ship.
My day consists of many things. I have sat in on auditions, filmed them, ran the reception, booked clients, input data and much more. There is never a dull moment in the office. Mark says we are like the stock exchange but with casting, and at first, I had no clue what he was talking about, but now, I see what he means. We have auditions almost every single day and there is never a dull moment.
Coming from a life of performing onstage, I have seen how actors suffer with auditions, yes and no’s, callbacks and more. I wanted to learn the other side, which I feel as a performer, gives me a much deeper understanding. It has only been four weeks, and I have picked up on so much and love this side of the world. In fact, many people in the office are actually performers, so you know we all love what we are doing. I believe that this internship will make me a better performer and businesswoman and will help me in the long run pursuing both careers in the music and theatre industries.
Ali Ramsaier is a Georgia native attending her final semester at Berklee College of Music. She is currently finishing her double major in Music Business and Vocal Performance. Prior to attending Berklee, Ali has performed professionally throughout the Atlanta area. Some of her highlights have been performing in the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center, becoming World Airways Idol, singing in Leipzig, Germany, and singing annually for the troops each Christmas Eve in Downtown Atlanta.
While attending Berklee, some of her credits include being heavily involved in the Berklee Musical Theatre Club performing in multiple musicals and revues like Emma Goldman in “Ragtime” and Mama Morton in “Chicago.” Ali is no stranger to performing in the Boston area. She has music directed and performed in several musicals at Emerson including the Paramount Theatre. Ali is a performer on the Spirit of Boston and has made demo work under Pat Pattison for David Foster, Andrea Bocelli, and Barbara Streisand.
Ali plans to pursue a career marketing herself as a solo artist after college. She also plans on working professionally again in the Musical Theater realm, and her aspirations of attaining a Tony and being the first actress alum to receive one. Ali also plans to work for a record label after college and eventually run a label and manage artists becoming the “go-to girl” for the music industry.