Interview with Gina Corso (Jersey Gina Entertainment)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
In my late 20s, I found myself teaching full time at a privately owned music school, 6 days a week, which had serious growth and financial limitations. I had to find time to perform and also teach, which was only possible if I left the school and developed Jersey Gina Entertainment (aka Jersey Gina). After belabouring my options, I resigned from teaching at the school and hit the pavement of my own marketing campaign. I went door to door with 5000 flyers in South Jersey and presented free pop/rock improvisational workshops at any school that would have me while also promoting private events on every platform available. After a few weeks, the phone started ringing! With a relentless amount of perseverance, one private client turned into 40 and my private music studio had become known amongst the local community.
Private gigs also began booking on the regular, which quickly developed into performances with national artists and acts including Billy Joel, Michael Buble, Cage The Elephant, Lindsey Stirling, and Idina Menzel. From Madison Square Garden in New York City to The Dolby Theater in Hollywood, my performance resume brought me into America’s most legendary venues performing with globally renowned artists.
Subsequently, I landed five endorsements from leading companies in the world of professional musicians – Fishman, D’Addario, Sennheiser, Steinway & Sons, and Westone and also recorded on 2019’s Best Rock Grammy Award Winning album, “Social Cues” by Cage The Elephant!
On the east coast, I now have two exclusive residencies with live performances on the regular at luxury hotels – The Reeds at Shelter Haven (Stone Harbor, NJ) and Riverhouse at Odettes (New Hope, PA). What began with door-to-door flyers has since developed into an interesting and unpredictable success story.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Sharing stages with the world’s most famous artists is of course the most obvious point of excitement that folks typically ask about. But for me, the most interesting story lies within a project that still has not been released. The producer of this project asked me to write orchestrations for original material, material that when I heard, I LOVED. Without even having notation software and never having done this before, I got right to it and began writing. Collaborating with him was just awesome – he knew what he wanted and he was involved extensively in the creative process. There was a bit of back and forth – sometimes 4 or 5 versions of an arrangement were written before the final draft was approved. He would have me listen to some of the greatest arrangers from Paul Buckmaster to Paul Riser to David Van De Pitt to inspire my arrangements. After about a year, we went to Nashville to record. This experience was like no other… truly an opportunity of a lifetime. Stay tuned.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Always continue to develop your craft and learn from those that inspire you. Always maintain a community platform to stay connected and grounded. When you feel knocked down or you step left instead of right, remind yourself that no success story comes without failed moments along the way. Perseverance is pivotal. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
There is literally a small village of people whose constant support and sometimes difficult to hear critiques have helped me develop along the way.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
My platform is and always has been the arts, specifically music education. Since the beginning of Jersey Gina Entertainment, I have gone into schools and hosted free musical workshops and assemblies to hopefully inspire young artists. I also successfully developed and hosted two community children’s events, formally known as “Building Communities.” This event supports the arts and promotes diversity through bridging together several local South Jersey communities of student performers, their friends & families, and local businesses. Photos of both events can be viewed at www.jerseygina.com/building-communities-2019.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Ice-cream solves everything.
When in doubt, add flowers.
Every opportunity has a shelf life.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I have my Instagram ID with the username (@jerseyginaviolinist)
Facebook ID with (Gina Corso, Jersey Gina Entertainment)
YouTube channel with the name (Jersey Gina)
My website (https://jerseygina.com/)