From screen to sound for Hayley

After completing her Honours in Film and TV studies at Monash, career success for Hayley Summers was just around the corner.

Hayley is now the Music Coordinator for the Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club in Melbourne.

Hayley Summers.

Here is her profile…

Name: Hayley Summers

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film and TV Studies/Bachelor of Communication

Campus: Caulfield/Clayton

Year graduated: 2013

Current position: Music Coordinator for the Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club


What was it like breaking into the industry? Was it more ‘who you know’ than ‘what you know’?

I would say a healthy combination of both – the ‘who you know’ certainly provides a platform for opportunities you may not otherwise have access to, but the ‘what you know’ will determine your staying power in any given role and provide you with the tools to go further.


What is a ‘day in the life’ of your current role?

I work as the music coordinator for two live music venues in Melbourne. Generally speaking, I liaise with promoters, agents, bands and managers who have booked shows at the venues I work with to ensure they have all of the relevant information they need. Alongside that I ensure that the venues are well equipped and informed regarding the bands and artists scheduled to come through. My job involves coordinating playing times, dealing with contracts, handling hospitality riders and production specs, administrative tasks when booking in shows, and organising gig guides that go out to the media and music industry.


What was a key lesson you learnt at Monash that translated into your current work?

Organisation and forward thinking are two pretty key factors in my job. A large portion of my time is spent communicating information in a timely and professional manner, and making sure that logistically all bases are covered when it comes to the night of a show, for both the band and the venue. My time at Monash certainly gave me the foundations to succeed in doing this professionally. 


If you could go back and do your degree again, is there anything you’d change? Subject choice? Time management? Internships?

Probably not – there’s always going to be those classic student regrets of late night exam cramming and pretending to do all of the readings in tutes, but I feel pretty satisfied with my time overall. If anything I’d say getting involved in more campus activities.


What skill (or skills) would you recommend students touch up on before getting into the industry?

It’s tricky terrain, as when you’re studying it’s often difficult to incorporate volunteer work or practical unpaid experience, and this tends to be what everyone suggests you do to get ahead. Being proactive, willing to learn and doing your best to be confident and kind is how I try to go about things.


When you were little, what was your dream job?

I was a bit flighty as a kid, so I dappled in a few dream jobs – fashion designer, musician, writer. I was and still am drawn to occupations where I can flex my creativity or surround myself with creative people.


What is your dream job now?

I still hold a bit of a torch for fashion to be honest – maybe a fashion social media mogul? I still feel pretty privileged and lucky to be working within the music industry to be honest – I feel good about helping bands and artists chase their dreams.


Who do you look up to most in the industry?

I’ve found in my time in the music industry thus far that most people tend to be invested in what they’re doing in some sense – we are all working towards similar goals. As with all industries though, there’s still plenty to be done to make the playing field fair and even for everyone involved and it can be a tough slog. I admire the people who use their voices to elevate those who can’t, and I try my best to do the same.


Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow alumni?

I have – a handful of wonderful people I met at Monash I still consider to be great, lifelong friends of mine.


Do you follow any sports teams?

That’s a pretty strong no from me. Although, I attended a few of the women’s AFL games this year and they were phenomenal! 


What’s your coffee order?

Currently soy latte. As I mentioned, I’m flighty, so I tend to change things up every now and again to keep them guessing.