We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Muniz-Collado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Over the years, I’ve encountered many musicians who have given up on their aspirations of having a music career. This could be because they feel lost or unprepared for the challenges that come with the industry. Other reasons were because they did not have the support from family or friends so they believed the negativity surrounding them. I truly do believe that it is possible to have a sustainable music career. I have one and I want other musicians to have one too. Our goal at NIZCO MUSIC is to help musicians compose their careers to their own B.E.A.T.
What should our readers know about your business?
Many times as a young musician, I felt lost on what I should do next, or even continue on the road to a music career at all. Throughout my decade journey with many failures, I discovered the importance of having a wide range of skills to keep up with the ever changing music industry. For every job I didn’t get, I decided to learn the skill that kept me from getting the job. It was a long and arduous process, but then something great started to happen. The road with bumps and curves was finally smoothing out. The gaps were filled and I was making a steady income. Now, 13 years into my professional music career and equipped with the necessary skills, here are some things that have happened so far: * My compositions have been nationally and internationally performed in countries as far as Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, and Italy. * As a film/media composer, I’ve worked with award-winning directors and production companies such as MundoFOX, PBS, Universal Production Music, and IMAX. * My music is in numerous music libraries for licensing which have been pitched for Fortune 500 companies commercial placements, and even a Super Bowl ad. * I am both a published and commissioned composer and worked with outside music mediums such as theater and dance. * I’ve worked with Grammy-nominated artists and an Emmy-nominated composer on various music projects. My business is a vital resource for musicians on the music career highway. It involves something that I’m very passionate about: giving the “lost” musician a sense of direction, and giving hope to the aspiring one. For this reason, I’ve taken a decade of my positive and negative experiences and developed NIZCO MUSIC, which is designed to help musicians bridge the gap to new ways of acquiring employment/income opportunities in both music and music-related industries. I highly encourage musicians (aspiring and seasoned) to check out our website to learn more about what we do: www.nizcomusic.com
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First place I would take them is to a small Cuban restaurant in Hialeah called Morro Castle. I love their Fritas! I would also take them to both Miami Beach/Ocean Drive, and Fort Lauderdale Beach/Las Olas, and Wynwood. There are so many cool little places throughout each of these locations with live music, art, food…it’s hard to pick one.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
With regards to my more recent success, I owe a lot of credit to my former professor, mentor (and now business partner), Don DiNicola. He helped shape me into the composer and music industry professional that I am today.