How to Learn for a Job in the Recording Studio
It’s often assumed by students and parents that the best way to learn is inside a crowded classroom. So many of us, when we’re searching for an audio school or a music production school, assume just that and go online looking for these big institutions where there’s classrooms on a campus which is, in our opinion, counterproductive to your goal of getting a job in the recording studio.
Spending years taking general education courses to then get your audio education inside of a classroom or lab environment can actually do more harm than good when it comes to getting a job.
So many students and parents think they’re doing the right thing by spending big on that education but they’re doing the exact opposite of what works for those who want to work inside the music business, inside of real recording studios with real artists. The way to get a job in the music business is to get yourself in the music business. How many studio owners or audio engineers are going to ask you“Did you go to UCLA or USC? NYU? SAE or Full Sail? In our experience, no one asks that question when they’re looking to hire their next audio engineer or assistant. What they want to know is “Can we trust you?” and “What have you done before?” and “What kind of experience do you have?” and “Who do you know?” or, more importantly, “Who knows you?”
You answer to such questions should be direct. The phrase “Let me prove myself to you” should become part of your common, everyday speech and your actions should align with those words.
Proving yourself is exactly what you do as a Recording Connection extern. Yes, you’re paying a tuition, a small tuition relative to many ordinary schools. Yes, you’re taking a structured course curriculum. Yes, you’re guaranteed to learn one-on-one. Yes, you’re guaranteed job placement. Yes, you’re given Pro Tools or whatever software is included in your program of study. Yes, you’re given your books (an interactive eBook written by working professionals) and materials. And yes, we offer private tutoring via remote session with our team of Academic Facilitators who work with you, one-on-one. And we offer something different than what ordinary schools offer. But that’s not what’s going to get you a job.
Our offerings as a program area of Recording Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools, a licensed post-secondary institution or trade school is not what’s going to get you a job. Are you in proximity, meaning are you close to someone who can hire you? Does he or she know you? A fancy way of saying it, “Does the person whom is giving the job know you?” Can they trust you? Have they seen the way you work? And can they trust you?
When you break it all down, Recording Connection simply puts you in the door of a real recording studio where you get to prove if you’re competent and if you’re trustworthy. And if you are competent and trustworthy, over time, you can build one connection after another, perhaps assist in recording on one project or another as so many of our students have had the experience of doing. So, you take your first 5 connections and you go to gatherings and events, you write good emails, and you write good letters. You show up on-time. You’re a good student. Hopefully you’re proactive,build those 5 connections into 10. And those 10 connections into 15, and 20, and 25, and 30. And pretty soon, someone’s going to offer you a job. That’s how it works. That’s how you learn for a job in the recording studio and get a job working in a recording studio. Plain and simple. Want to see who’s getting hired in today’s music studios? Check out our newsletter and read the latest success stories, get career advice, and see what our students do day-to-day!