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Meet the WIMI Founders!

After a year of highlighting women from all over the world in the Industry, we decided it was time for you to meet the women behind WIMI! We've put together short interviews for ourselves for you to get to know us a little better. Below you'll read about Kenzie, Cheyenne, and Bianca who all play major roles in the WIMI organization.


Kenzie Zauner

Photo Cred: Kevin Ng

Introduce yourself to us! What do you do in the industry? Where are you from?

My name is Kenzie, I am from Cleveland, Ohio! I founded WIMI a little over a year ago with Cheyenne. Bianca joined the WIMI team about six months ago. 

What is your favorite thing about WIMI and why did you decide to get involved?

My favorite thing about WIMI would be getting to acknowledge and shine on a spotlight on these incredibly talented, hard working women.  I also love forming a friendship with them, I am constantly inspired by them all. 

How did you get your start, and how long have you been in the industry?

WIMI really was my start in the industry! From there I went on to managing a band from Cleveland, and I recently started working with an artist from KC. I also work as a digital marketing assistant at JV Agency, and an artist liaison at BSquare Mgmt. 

When did you know being in the business is what you wanted to do? Was there a specific moment where you were like “oh god, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”?

I remember being at a concert in high school, and all I kept thinking about was the people backstage, what they did, what it took to get the show to Cleveland. From then on, any concert I went to that is all I could think about. I guess I never realized how big an artist's team is until then. That's when I was like I want to do this! I know the feeling of going to a concert and seeing your all-time favorite artist, I want to help make that happen for fans. I live for live shows.. I love the atmosphere of a concert, so if I can have anywhere in helping with it, I'm down. I also love working directly with an artist, I love helping them make their vision come to life and seeing the creative process that makes it all come together.

Is there someone who you consider as your mentor in the business?

Oh boy! Yes - I am constantly inspired by all the women in the industry.

Peyton Marek was our first feature on WIMI, and is a good friend of mine. She is the reason I felt like I could make a career in the industry. I met her back in May of 2018 in Cleveland, and at that time I was a little bit discouraged and kind of feeling lost career wise. I talked to her at a show and she helped me realize that my dream career is reachable. She is the reason I had the push to start WIMI and has always been someone I look up to. 

Brittny Danielle is also someone I consider a mentor in the industry. She helped me when I first started managing a band in Cleveland, and has been the most amazing person. She connected me with Bianca, who now is apart of the WIMI team. I appreciate Brittny so much and know I can go to her with any questions / concerns / rants / etc. She has been more helpful than she knows. 

Jaz Valencia is another incredible woman I consider a mentor in the industry. She is my boss at JV Agency, and is incredibly supportive and helpful of everything I do. I can't thank her enough for letting me join the team at JV. 

Kate Loesch is amazing. I tell her like once a month how much I am inspired by her. She handles everything so well, and is so honest and open about the industry and some of the downfalls of it. She is advocate for mental health awareness and the importance of taking breaks. She is so incredibly honest on social media and I appreciate that endlessly. Kate is a force and one of the most badass women I've gotten to talk to. 

Sheema Siddiqi is also someone I consider a mentor in the industry. After interviewing her for WIMI, she has helped me ever since. Whether it's answering a dumb question, or giving me advice for my next steps, I appreciate her endlessly!

All the women we have had the pleasure of featuring on WIMI (and those we have lined up for 2020) are all huge inspirations for me! 

What advice do you have for women who want to get their start in the music industry?

Don't be afraid to reach out first! All the women we have featured on WIMI, I reached out to first. Sending a simple message introducing yourself and what you do can open so many doors. 

What are some of your other hobbies? What do you do in your free time (which we know can be very hard to find)?

I coach volleyball and try to play in a tournament once a month!! I have been playing for 14 years, it's weird not being on the court six days a week - but it's always fun when I go and play again. I also love crime shows! If I didn't work in the industry, I would be working with crime scenes, probably as a crime scene investigator. 

Who is your all-time favorite artist?

This a tough question (sorry to all the women I asked this, lol). I grew up listening to classic rock with my Dad, so Pink Floyd is definitely up there on my list. I also am a huge fan of Harry Styles so he is for sure one of my favs! I have been obsessed with Fine Line. Also, a huuuuge fan of The Weeknd. 

What is something you can't live without?

Besides the given technology (phone, laptop,  + airpods), I would say my kindle, and pizza. 

I also can't live without my family and friends. They are the most supportive people I know and I'm so lucky to have them. 

Tea or Coffee?

Tea, 100%. It's my go-to.

I drink coffee rarely, but I get too shaky. 

First concert you went to?

Hannah Montana in 2008, with my mom and aunt. 

Lastly, what saying do you live by?

Be kind & work hard.


You can follow Kenzie on Instagram HERE.


Cheyenne McIntyre

Introduce yourself to us! What do you do in the industry? Where are you from?

Hello! My name is Cheyenne and I’m from Indianapolis but I moved to Chicago 2.5 years ago for school and just never left. I am a freelance social media coordinator. Right now I am working on Firefly Music Festival!

What is your favorite thing about WIMI and why did you decide to get involved?

My favorite thing about WIMI is the fact that I get the chance to not only highlight women in the industry from all over the world, but it also introduces me to these women, as well! I got involved in WIMI after Kenz messaged me on Twitter about the idea. From there, we came up with the name (THAT took a while), built a website, and we’ve been growing ever since!

How did you get your start, and how long have you been in the industry?

So I’m actually still in school for Music Business and PR, but I dipped my toes in the music industry social media world when I had my first internship at JBTV. While doing live coverage at Mamby for JBTV in 2018, I met Katie Gwen which I later found out was looking for a social media intern for Concord Music Hall (I was already a street team member at Concord) and I didn’t hesitate to reach out. From there I met with Katie again and talked about the role and ended up starting a yearlong social media internship and was also introduced to graphic design during that time! I’ve been interning/working in the industry for about a year and a half now while still finishing school.

When did you know being in the business is what you wanted to do? Was there a specific moment where you were like “oh god, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”?

So fun story, I actually wanted to be an actress when I was first going into college but that obviously didn’t work and I ended up going to a school with an undecided major. Going into my sophomore year, I was touring Columbia College Chicago and my tour guide was a PR major and Music Business minor and was like hm.. music business, well I just happen to love music and being in the industry sounds better than a doctor or whatever, so I chose that as my major. Even as I transferred I didn’t have a set career in mind in the industry, but something just clicked when I did my first live show coverage at Concord during the Dirt Monkey b2b Funtcase b2b Cookie Monsta show in September 2018 where I was like wow.. this is what I want to do. Also realized that I love EDM music.

Is there someone who you consider as your mentor in the business?

Katie Gwen. 100%. She’s the best mentor, supporter, and friend all in one. Besides helping me find my potential in social media and taking me under her wing as an intern, she still, to this day, supports me in other things, as well. She is a huge reason why I do music photography and is always letting me know of opportunities. I know that she’ll always be there if I need help or encouragement and she’s one of the first people in the industry I really felt a bond with. I’m just really lucky to know her!

What advice do you have for women who want to get their start in the music industry?

Don’t say no. I went into a social media internship, took on some graphic design with no prior knowledge, and since then I have created two separate maps for different music festivals. Learning to do other things doesn’t take you away from your job or what you want to do, it

gives you more knowledge, experience, and opens up more opportunities.

What are some of your other hobbies? What do you do in your free time (which we know can be very hard to find)?

I rave! I love the EDM community and all it has to offer. I have a very large and loving rave fam who is always there. I also love travelling- mostly to festivals but sometimes for fun, too.

Who is your all-time favorite artist?

Liquid Stranger. Everyone on his label follows right behind him.

What is something you can't live without?

My phone, my airpods, and my rave fam. I also usually have a scrunchy, you never know.

Tea or Coffee?

Iced Tea.

First concert you went to?

The first one I remember is the Jonas Brothers. Love u Nick

Lastly, what saying do you live by?

“Hello my name Is Liquid Stranger and I’m from the future. I’m here to tell you everything is going to be ok.”


You can follow Cheyenne on Instagram HERE.


Bianca Rice

Introduce yourself to us! What do you do in the industry? Where are you from?

Hi! I'm Bianca. I work in digital marketing at Ticketmaster. I'm from San Diego and currently live in Los Angeles.

What is your favorite thing about WIMI and why did you decide to get involved?

A few years ago I had decided I wanted to create a platform to showcase women in the industry. When I learned that Mckenzie and Cheyenne had already started something, I immediately wanted to jump on board and help! It's been amazing learning about all these amazing women and their specific positions. There's SO much that goes into the industry in general and I feel like a lot of aren't totally aware.  

How did you get your start, and how long have you been in the industry?

I honestly just up and moved to LA and figured it out (very risky lol). I have worked in digital marketing across multiple industries for 4 years and had an internship with an artist management company (shoutout to one of our features, Brittny Danielle) within a year of living in LA. I started at Ticketmaster early 2019 and it's been an amazing learning experience! 

When did you know being in the business is what you wanted to do? Was there a specific moment where you were like “oh god, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”?

I was in college when I got introduced to people who were working in the industry. I did some research and it just clicked. Like "Hey, I could really do this." Since then, I just worked hard and have taken any opportunity I thought was the right fit to get me where I am today. 

Is there someone who you consider as your mentor in the business?

Shouted her out earlier, but Brittny. She's been such a warm light in an industry I thought was going to be terribly cutthroat. She's been super supportive and I really look up to her resilience! She's also become one of my best friends over the last year and it's super motivating when you're friends are doing well and pushing you to be the best you can be. 

What advice do you have for women who want to get their start in the music industry?

Is it cliche to say just freaking go for it? I've learned so much reading the stories of the women we've interviewed and my one take away is just do it! Whatever it is, do whatever you can to get there. If you have a goal and the drive, I believe anything is possible. 

What are some of your other hobbies? What do you do in your free time (which we know can be very hard to find)?

I go to quite a few shows! But I also enjoy exploring Los Angeles (there's SO much), spending time with my friends and family, and playing tennis. 

Who is your all-time favorite artist?

All-time...Four Year Strong. They got me through a tough time in high school and will forever be my favorite.

What is something you can't live without?

1000% Diet Coke

Tea or Coffee?

Tea! 

First concert you went to?

Warped Tour! 

Lastly, what saying do you live by?

Another cliche, but YOU have the power to create the life you want. If you want something, go get it!


You can follow Bianca on Instagram HERE.


Thank you all so much for supporting our dream with WIMI! Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you want to tell your story or you have another woman who you think would be a great person for WIMI. Stay tuned for our 2020 features!

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