Through the Morris Family Mentor and Lecture Series at Belmont, Creative Artist Agency’s (CAA) Rod Essig received the Curb College’s Distinguished Lecturer honor on Friday, Jan. 30. Belmont’s Mentor and Lecture Series brings industry professionals to campus who continue to inspire others through their work in the entertainment and music industry.
Essig started his day at a student lunch and finished in front of a packed house in the Massey Boardroom speaking about life as an agent. He discussed a typical week at CAA, shared stories and gave advice on internships, networking, professionalism, interviews and the importance of serving others.
Curb College Dean Doug Howard said, “Having relationships with our industry’s top leaders is foundational for Belmont’s success. Having top industry leaders who want to pass on their expertise, enthusiasm and wisdom to our future leaders is such a special part of the entertainment and music community. We are grateful for the Morris family and their commitment to help us recognize these inspiring leaders. And our gratitude to my friend Rod, who has been and remains an influential force in our industry.”
Essig began his career in the music industry as vice president and co-owner of Minneapolis-based Variety Artists International. He then joined CAA in 1993, an organization that represents some of the world’s top musicians including REO Speedwagon, Carrie Underwood, Styx, Tim McGraw, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Kelly Clarkson. In 2008, Essig served as Chairman of the Academy of Country Music and currently serves on many organizational boards including The Country Music Hall of Fame, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, MusiCares and the WO Smith School Board, among others. Essig is also actively involved with several philanthropic organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Rod Essig joins Troy Tomlinson and Lani Netter as 2014-2015 Curb College Distinguished Lecturers.