Learning from career challenges is a skill set that must be honed even when you are finished with school.
Josh Windt and Marc Raziano, alumni of Penn State and rapper Party Thieves of West Point, came together to launch music careers, despite some obstacles in college.
Josh Windt followed his gut, and pursued his dream of being involved in the music industry. Though he majored in finance, his minor in entrepreneurship helped prepare him for what would be a rocky road.
After applying with Creative Artists Agency and getting rejected, Windt took a job with a travel agency. Things started looking up when CAA finally returned his call and gave him a job.
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You would think that landing the job at CAA would have been enough. But it was there that Josh Windt found his true calling in life: managing artists. He started his company, Golden Ratio Management.
“There’s no set path for anybody,” Windt told Penn State’s Daily Collegian. “You write your own story. Leave no stone unturned. Do what you want to do. That’s what I learned at Penn State: go for what you want.”
It was around this time Windt connected rising producer/rapper/DJ, Party Thieves. The producer/artist (born Jared McFarlin) also had some setbacks when he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Party Thieves found his way into a music career after suffering a debilitating knee injury that ended his career in football and track. Even though he didn’t graduate from West Point, his college roommate introduced him to EDM during one of the four years he spent there.
There’s more. Another Penn State Alumni is working with the duo with the goal of starting his own successful career as a DJ. Marc Raziano’s decision was made after a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center with Windt.
“I’m still young in the game and have a long way to find my place in this industry, but it shows you can do anything you want,” Raziano said.
Josh Windt’s decision to work in the industry has paid off not only for himself but for the artists and creatives his Golden Ratio manages as well. Party Thieves has performed at some high-profile festivals this year, and there’s more work to do before the end of 2015 and into the New Year.
Josh Windt is currently overseeing the “Theft Army Tour” of Australia, New Zealand and the United States, which starts this October.