For the past 4 years Ania Ziemirska has had the privilege of combining her passion for songwriting with helping fellow songwriters as the Membership Services Representative at the Songwriters Association of Canada. Ania has fielded all kinds of phone calls from songwriters with questions ranging from digital distribution advice to membership renewals. She’s the perfect person for the job having released her debut CD, “I Was The Girl,” last year garnering critical acclaim and airplay. Many members have benefited from her experience.
She sat down to talk to us about her job, her music and her advice for members. Here’s what she had to say.
1. How long have you been working for the S.A.C.? and how did you land this job? I’ve been at the S.A.C. since July 2007. I found this job on workinculture.ca and applied for it via email. By chance I was introduced to Executive Director, Don Quarles at an event and went in for an interview the next day. (There’s some proof that networking does pay off)
2. What has been the highlight of your time working as a Membership Services Representative? I’m a people person and I love that the job lets me interact with like minded individuals. It’s also a great feeling to be able to share my experiences to help others.
3. What training did you receive that best equipped you for your current responsibilities? I completed a post graduate diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management, giving me the necessary background for managing a non-profit. I have also set up a non-profit arts organization in the past and thus was able to see how things work from the board of directors point of view. My undergraduate degree in Psychology helps me deal with people in general.
4. Congratulations on the 2010 release of your debut EP, “I Was the Girl.” What tips would you like to share about the creative and production process? Do your research, don’t cut corners and be prepared for things to take longer than you anticipated.
5. What did you learn from making this album that you will use towards your next one? I will never again let a recording leave the engineering stage until it’s the best it can be. There was some serious issues that could not be “fixed in the mix” and I couldn’t go back and re-record them. Next time around I’ll make sure that things sound as good as they could even if it means longer hours and more takes!
6. What is your favourite song off your EP? It’s hard to choose. “Ditched Romance” is probably the best recording but I also love the the cello on “Fade Away”. “Giving Love a Try” is probably one of my favorite songs on the EP but sadly my least favorite recording.
7. What would you like to say to your fellow S.A.C. Members? Network! Get on Facebook/Twitter/etc, come out to events, and workshops to connect with other writers. You never know who you’ll meet and who they might know. And of course, keep writing; the more you write, the better you’ll be. The brain is a muscle, you need to use it. Last, but not least: a wise person once told me that re-writing is just as important as writing, so be open to letting your songs grow!