How to Get Contact Numbers for Record Labels

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The trick to contacting a record label isn't actually contacting the record label. It's contacting the right person at the record label. While most record label Web sites have a contact number listed, this number goes to a switchboard manned by people whose main job function is to keep you from bothering the people who make actual decisions. The direct-dial number of somebody who can help you reach your dreams is gold, and there are three different ways to try to find it.

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know

  • Identify exactly who at the record label you want to speak with.

  • Do some research in entertainment industry magazines and gossip Web sites to find out who associates with that person. Find somebody with whom you can easily make contact.

  • Make contact with that person in order to get the phone numbers you need.

Buy the Information

  • Identify the specific person you need to talk with.

  • Gather as much hard data as you can on this person: city of residence, exact job title, specific department where she works, etc.

  • Buy membership in one of several Web sites that offer you access to celebrity contact information. Do not use a "people finder" service; use one that specifically names itself as a service for contacting celebrities and executives.

The Sneaky Way

  • Make sure you have caller ID.

  • Use the record label's Web site to call in to the general switchboard.

  • Do whatever it takes to get transferred to your target's line. This may take several tries and might be easier if you're willing to fib a little.

  • You will probably get voice mail. Leave a brief, terse message to the effect that you need a call back urgently. Don't leave identifying information other than your phone number. As best you can, imply that the person should be able to recognize your voice and importance.

  • When you get the call back, make note of the incoming number. If they've blocked the number, you can sometimes get it when your call records come in with your phone bill, so note the date and time of the call.

Tips & Warnings

  • This entire process is often easier if you just get an agent. Entertainment agents already have the phone numbers on hand, plus they have permission to call the people you want to contact.

References

  • The Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss, 2009
  • Find Anywone Fast, Richard Johnson, 2002
  • Photo Credit PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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