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4. Bursting the Berklee Bubble

Arielle Tindel B.M. '19
A&R / General Manager, We Are: The Guard / Brill Building Music Publishing

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Arielle Tindel is a Berklee College of Music alum with degrees in Songwriting and Music Business (marketing track). After completing various internships as a student, she moved to Los Angeles.

Arielle currently works at Benjamin Groff’s label, We Are: The Guard (distributed by AWAL), and publishing company Brill Building (administered by Kobalt). She is passionate about connecting people, and most of all- discovering new music.

Composer and conductor Pedro Osuna became the youngest Berklee student to write music for an Academy Award-nominated film. His recent projects include Klaus, No Time to Die, Lightyear, Thor: Love and Thunder, and several concert music commissions.

Leo Varella B.M. '20
Producer, Songwriter, Musical Director

Brazilian guitarist, songwriter, producer, and musical director Leo Varella is a raw spirit in overdrive. Influenced by 80’s Prince and Nile Rodgers’ style of guitar playing and 90’s Gorillaz and Radiohead alt-rock songwriting, Leo’s music is a fresh take on retro pop with a dirty edge. Influenced by the Seattle grunge scene and east coast beatmakers, everything Leo touches has his fingerprint sound; stereo wide guitars, boom-bap drums, and heavy bass. Select career highlights include praise from the likes of American Songwriter and Atwood Magazine, as well as support from producers Kenny Beats & Brasstracks on Leo’s artistry, songwriting, and production, even though that is not his main trade.

As a natural performer and guitarist, within 4 months of living in Los Angeles Varella performed in critically acclaimed performances, such as his NPR Music Tiny Desk performance with Grammy-nominated rapper Cordae, and notable performances in the main stages of festival Lollapalooza and Day N Vegas for over 25 000 people in the past year. Leo’s also had the opportunity to record guitar for artists such as Lucky Daye, Smino, Karencici, Mariah the Scientist, and most recently, Doja Cat.

Following the steps of musical director and producer Rob Lewis (Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Anderson Paak), Varella has also pursued the desire to MD for a roster of artists who he performs, tours, and writes with, such as Lewis Del Mar, wens, Carol Ades, and Laura Elliott.

As Leo currently prepares for his album recording this spring and summer, this year is already shaping up to be the most important one of his career yet. With the supervision and executive production of his main collaborator, producer, and music savant JIM ALXNDR, the album will be made with the funding of music company and incubator LAYERS, supported by Splice’s former CBO Jonathan Lee. Varella’s upcoming single was originally discovered by producer Kenny Beats through the outpouring support of his Twitch community over Leo’s demos; his upcoming song “Luck”, is going to be released in the next month through AWAL.

Micah Montgomery B.M. '18
Creative Strategist

Micah Montgomery Welch is a creative strategist primarily working in business development, PR, marketing, and brand partnerships. Working for herself since 2020 she has built an impressive client roster of established brands, start-ups, artists, and creative thinkers alike. Leaving the Boston Conservatory in 2018 after voice surgery, propelled her to transition from being the artist to supporting them. After 2 years studying under Jeff Dorenfeld and the BPMI program, Micah started her post-collegiate career at Live Nation and since her 2020 departure has been forging her own path to peace and prosperity. 

After recently wrapping up his run with the Original Broadway Cast of Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill, John is headed next to St. Louis Stages to star in the world premier of the stage adaptation of The Karate Kid. Since graduating in 2016, he has performed regionally with The American Repertory Theater, The Old Globe, Theaterworks Hartford, Goodspeed Opera House, and Buck's County Playhouse. In addition, John has also produced and performed a series of solo concerts in New York, and will be releasing an EP of original music in the year to come. @johnfcardoza

Stefanie Henning - Moderator
Associate Vice President for Career and Digital Strategy, Berklee College of Music

As associate vice president for career and digital strategy, Stefanie Henning leads two different departments at Berklee. The Career Center provides expert guidance, cutting-edge resources, and professional development for students and alumni in partnership with the offices of Academic Affairs and Alumni Affairs. The Digital Strategy team is responsible for promoting Berklee’s mission and institutional identity in support of the annual goals of the institution by developing innovative websites and applications that serve Berklee's community. 

Henning started her career as an agent at International Creative Management (ICM) and has an extensive background in marketing and business development. She has served in executive roles in the entertainment and tech industries at organizations that include Fox Television Studios, Universal Music Group, and Macromedia (now Adobe).

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

A candid conversation about the industry, finances, adult friendships and what happens after you leave the Berklee Bubble. Learn from recent Berklee graduates working in all facets of the entertainment business about how to find your stride, your people, and pay bills while maintaining your health and wellness as you pivot from student to professional.