Angela Mastrogiacomo is the owner of Muddy Paw Public Relations and Infectious Magazine. She has also founded several chapters of the music industry meet up Balanced Breakfast. Muddy Paw specializes in working with up-and-coming artists on personalized campaigns designed to bring their careers to the next level. To date, they’ve secured placements on sites such as Noisey, AbsolutePunk, Substream, Property Of Zack, PureVolume, Anti-Music, and many more.
How did you get involved with the work you currently do?
About 7 years ago I stumbled across an incredible local band called The Coming Weak out of Providence, RI. Sadly, they’ve since disbanded but when I saw them open for my favorite band, Anberlin, I was awe struck. I felt so compelled to interview them, and then thought—why stop there? So I launched my music blog, Infectious Magazine. About 6 years into that, I decided to go into business for myself and launched Muddy Paw PR. I wanted a way to continue to work with people I felt passionately about, and make a difference in their careers.
What is your WHY? Why you do the work you do?
LOVE this question! I think it’s an important one that people don’t ask themselves nearly enough. The reason I do what I do is simple: a love of the industry, and of the people who are a part of it. It’s a beautiful thing when people can pursue their passions for a paycheck, and when that passion gives the gift of inspiration and happiness to those who experience it. Musicians and music are so undervalued in today’s society, and anything I can do to rectify that, I’m all in.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
The biggest piece of advice I can give is to network. This was something that people said to me a lot in college, but I didn’t really understand. But in this industry especially, who you know is everything. I also think people get really intimidated by the idea of networking, but the truth is, it’s just making friends. Some of the best friends I’ve made have been through networking.
If you had one wish to help make the world a better place, what would it be?
Great question! I think one major thing that we could all do to make the world a better place is to respect one another. We don’t always have to agree, we don’t even have to like one another, but if we just respected each another, I think the world, certainly this country, would be a lot better off.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
Something I’ve always been really passionate about is youth homelessness and runaways. I encourage readers to check out Stand Up For Kids, a non-profit with a mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness. It’s run almost entirely by volunteers, and operates in over 20 US cities. You can find the Boston chapter here (http://www.standupforkids.org/boston/) or find one in your city here (http://www.standupforkids.org/programs/locations.aspx)