Finding a Recording Career Mentor
Having a recording career mentor is very important, because a mentor can teach you all of the insider information about working in the recording career you need to know – unlike in college.
The problem is that college no longer provides the best possible education and training for workers. So, employers no longer look at degrees as having any merit. In the past, a degree was a symbol of being educated, something that was very necessary in the work place to take the higher jobs. Now, people have begun to realize that going to traditional college no longer provides students with the education they need to actually hold down a job in this difficult and fast-paced environment.
In the entertainment field, degrees count for even less. A director of a radio station does not care if a student has a degree from an Ivy League school, if that person cannot do the work, and does not know the technology, they will not be getting hired. Increasingly, employers are stopping the hiring of candidates with degrees, most of them no longer want college graduates. They want people who have worked in the field.
Recording Connection's program works like this: each student is paired with a recording career mentor. That mentor is paid to teach the student everything they need to know. While some think that this is a scam, and students are "paying for an internship," it actually works out quite well. This program truly works, because students are actually getting an education from real life experience. During a regular college internship, the directors at radio stations and music studios would usually use their intern as a secretary or an assistant, someone who brings the office coffee and lunch. Students wind up learning nothing about the field they have chosen from an internship, and never get the experience, which is the premise of an internship in the first place. Many students wind up regretting their time doing an internship because often, the internship means that, on top of taking classes, students must also do this menial work for free, when they could have had a job and some income.
The mentor-apprentice (extern) program at a recording school pairs each student with someone working in the field they are looking to study. This mentor then takes the student under his/her wing for six months, and takes them along to work. This means that students are working in radio stations, in music studios, and in film studios. Students are taught by their recording career mentors how to do everything the job requires.