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Greete Pork: Thinking Big in the Big Apple

Greete Pork has fulfilled a thrilling internship at Wharf Cat Records, a NYC record company involved in local distribution and live performances. Greete's role was to work directly with local retailers, while uncovering new local stores and helping to develop an innovative and more efficient form of delivery within a large metropolitan area. She frequently attended live shows to help better organize the labels' presence at the performances.  The most significant skills that Greete mastered during this internship were retail relations, local distribution, venue management, and direct sales.  She remained under the supervision of Trip Warner, who heads these and other operations within Wharf Cat Records, including Artists and Repertoire, Production and Art-Direction, and has produced over 100 releases over the last four years. Mr. Warner certainly had no challenge with integrating American cultural engagement into her experience, as 50% of her internship involved attending live performances. Greete also checked off numerous professional events from her "Professional Growth To-Do list", including MoMa PS1 record fair, Sacred Bones Records showcase and anniversary, Captured Tracks records summer meet-up sessions, and the Northside Festival. In addition, Greete volunteered her time and energy at various music events, and also helped the Anthology Film Archives to hold an Estonian movie week, introducing Estonian culture.


Greete shares with us her greatest personal achievement during her stay in the US: "I feel I have grown so much as a person. Most importantly, I've learned to keep smiling while things are not OK for the sake of the team." As for her greatest professional achievement: "having my band here in NYC to record an album, and performing two shows here." She felt her greatest role model was Caleb Braaten, the owner of Sacred Bones Records. "He runs the best label in the world, and is so down-to-earth at the same time. He is Mr. Cool. His attention to detail, his devotion to his artists and their music, his ability to see the bigger picture and think outside of the box is truly inspiring. 10 years ago he started out in a basement of Academy Record store; today he collaborates with David Lynch. Everything is possible if you stay true to yourself." Her advice to future Fellows: "Be out there: as open and active as you can be and good things will happen. You'll never  know who or what is around the corner. Think big."


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