Employee Spotlight: Valerie Corabi, Office Assistant
Before you came to Line 6, what, if any, was your previous experience working in the music industry?
I was a makeup artist for many ’80s and ’90s rock bands. I have done makeup for Scorpions, David Lee Roth, Michael Schenker, Queensryche and many more. I have done magazines, CD covers and videos and have worked with some of the top photographers in the biz: Neil Zlozower, Glen LaFerman, William Hames, John Harrell, Rick Gould, and the list goes on. I basically knew a lot of musicians, managers and record people in the industry. Those were some of the best days of my life.
How did you come to work at Line 6?
I truly believe it was serendipity. I was doing makeup sessions for bands and working at a salon doing makeup, but I needed to have a steady income with benefits. I had a background in administrative work from past years also. I decided to put together a resume, and just randomly went into a new business center right around the corner from my place. It had just been built about a month before. The first place I walked into was Line 6. I had no idea what it was. I talked to the receptionist, Okena, who gave me the background on what they did. I was ecstatic and thought, this would be a great place for me to work, still in the music biz but a totally different aspect of it. I turned in my resume and called a few days later, but to no avail.
At that time, I had been reading some books on positive thinking and on angels, and a series of things happened. Whenever I would drive by the building, I would say, “This is where I work,” picturing the end result. Then I realized the address was 555 St. Charles Drive. The number five plays a very significant role if you are spiritual. Triple 5’s mean a major change is going to occur. I decided to go shopping for a new purse, and when I got it home, there was a 55-cent angel stamp in there – I knew it was a good sign. Shortly after all this, I found out that a friend of mine named Loren worked at Line 6. He put in a good word for me. I went for an interview on my birthday, and several days later I received the call. I was in!
How long have you worked for the company?
This August 9th it will be 12 years.
What has your experience with Line 6 been like?
So far it has been a fantastic journey, and I am hoping to continue for some time. I started out as the receptionist and quickly worked my way up. Now I am Office Assistant, and I have helped out Artist Relations for the last ten years. I have grown to love Line 6, the people who I have met along the way who have left to start a new journey, and the people who work here now. I have so much respect and admiration for our founders, the engineers, and product development here, as they are brilliant and never cease to amaze me with all the new products they come up with. Every department here works together to ensure our products are the best most innovative products. I am really proud to be part of Line 6 team.
Can you share some of the highlights you’ve experienced at the company?
There have been so many – I will just talk about a few. The most important one was discovering that working for a Corporation did not have to mean the usual uptight corporate atmosphere. At Line 6, it is friendly and relaxed, and you are trusted to do your job at your own pace. Another huge highlight is our picnics, jams and holiday parties, Line 6 makes sure we have a blast and we have so much talent in this company – it’s incredible. It is most definitely one of the most fun companies to work for. We have also been involved with different charities. We have walked for diabetes and for March of Dimes, Daffodil Days with American Cancer Society, and more. This past year, we volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and that was by far one of the most rewarding experiences for me.
What role does music play in your life?
Music plays a major role in my life. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche put it best: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” While I was growing up, my Mother listened to Elvis, Tony Bennett, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and a variety of other music. My Father dabbled in guitar. My older sisters listened to The Beatles and The Supremes when they were young, and later Zeppelin, Bowie, Ten Years After and many more. My two brothers played guitar. One was more into the acoustic, finger picking and sliding, and the other was into rock music and later became interested in Flamenco. One great thing is that we all have eclectic taste in music.
Do you play any instruments, and if so, which ones?
I wouldn’t call it actual playing, but I know a few chords on the guitar. I would love to be able to actually play a complete song one day.
Have you used any Line 6 gear? If so, what are some favorite products, and how does the gear help inspire you to make music?
I actually own a Spider Jam and have tried some of the really cool sounds and tried to play along to some of the jam tracks. I think I need way more practicing first! [laughs] Some of my friends that have come over to visit have fun with it, so I get to enjoy that.
What have you learned about the significance of music instruments / products in the lives of musicians?
They make it possible for musicians and artists to convey and bring to life the sounds, songs and music that are in their heads and, at the risk of sounding sappy, their hearts and souls. Whatever instruments, products, software or tools they choose, if it gets their ideas across, we are the lucky ones because we get to hear the end result: music.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to come to Hollywood and do makeup for the rock stars and surround myself in the world of music. I did it, I’m happy, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.