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2016 Membership Spotlight: Coti Howell


What is your name?
Coti Howell

Why did you get into the music industry?
I’m a product of the music business and have been going to concerts since I was in the womb. I shadowed my dad growing up and knew music was something I deeply connected with.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I still think back on my first ever “big” assignment and I can’t believe how well I tackled it. I wrote a four-page spread in a national magazine as my very first assignment as a freelancer.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Anything I can! I’ve learned so much already. I’m like a sponge when it comes to this business — I want to learn anything I can.

I’m most excited about networking with other talented women.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I’d like to be even more submerged in music journalism. I want to be where I am now but doing so much more of it — more opportunities, more artist interviews, more event coverage! Although I’m very happy where I’m at, I’m also incredibly eager to be doing more of it.

I also wouldn’t mind having even more social media expertise and using that to teach others while making money.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Tonic’s Lemon Parade

What is your favorite book?
Heavier Than Heaven (Kurt Cobain biography)

What is your favorite movie?
Garden State!

What song is always stuck in your head?
This changes every day but right now I can’t stop listening to the new one from Lady Gaga, “Perfect Illusion,” and “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Bangkok, Thailand! I also have a soft spot for Venice.

What’s something surprising about you?
I fell so in love with Bangkok on a father-daughter trip that I moved there a few months later. I sold all my belongings, packed my bags and left the country knowing no one, not having a job and not sure what I’d be doing when I got there. It was terrifying and amazing at the same time.

Ultimately, It was the best decision I have ever made.