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Job Opportunities & Student Success Stories Job Opportunities & Student Success Stories February 23, 2015 Author Credits: Liya Swift & Jeff McQ

2-23-15 Job Opportunities & Student Successes

Jimi Petulla & Brian Kraft can help you land a job in Recording, Radio/Broadcast, Film, or Culinary!

Here are just a few of the latest jobs & opportunities for RRFC students & graduates this week:  

 


 
  • FULL-TIME A&R ASSISTANT @ ATLANTIC RECORDS! – New York, NY
  • ASSOCIATE EDITOR NEEDED-VIDEO PRODUCTION – Des Moines, IA
  • LIVE AUDIO ENGINEER FOR LARGE EVENT VENUE– Cedar Park, TX
  • ON-AIR RADIO TALENT NEEDED/HIP-HOP FORMAT – Burbank, CA
  • MUSIC COMPOSER NEEDED FOR THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – Orwigsburg, PA
  • FILM CREW FOR 2-WEEK FILM SHOOT (EMMY WINNER) – Great Barring, MA
  • BANQUET CHEF FOR INT’L. RESORT/HOTEL CHAIN – La Quinta, CA
  • PRODUCTION ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY – Austin, TX
  • RADIO BOARD OPERATORS NEEDED – Abilene, TX
  • FREELANCE HIP-HOP ARTISTS NEEDED (WORK FROM HOME) – Los Angeles, CA
  Click here to see full details on the jobs currently available. Visit the official RRFC Job Board for more opportunities, and check the RRFC Blog for news & updates!   Contact Student Services for more information on logging in.  

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When Jimi and Brian get you learning on-the-job, you get guided hands-on experience that you can’t get any other way. Read below about a Film Connection graduate whose apprenticeship experience
helped him take charge of his own career!

Student Successes
  Film Connection graduate Ofu Obekpa: Lessons in passion, persistence and patience   Ofu Obekpa“I had no idea that I would end up doing this in my life,” says Film Connection graduate Ofu Obekpa (Atlanta, GA) about his decision to become a filmmaker. “I went to traditional school and had a business degree in marketing. Look at me, I’m just doing it…Why not just do what you love to do?”   It turns out that artistry was in Ofu’s roots: “My parents were theatre actors,” he says. Although he wasn’t expecting it, it seemed a natural progression for him to want a more creative career after college. So Ofu began exploring film as a career, and found himself interested in the post-production side—visual effects and editing. “I am very visual and very internal sometimes,” he says. “Putting the pieces of the puzzle together and just creating in my own space and time…I like that a lot.”   That’s when his plans hit a snag. “[I] actually got accepted to grad school for film,” says Ofu. “The tuition was just enormous…I was like ‘You know what? I would use that [money] to shoot a film or something!’ But I needed to upgrade my skills.”   A web search landed Ofu at the Film Connection website. “The one-on-one concentration with a mentor and the real life hand-in-hand experience, that really caught my attention,” he says. “I did my research and I was like, ‘Wow, it’s a great opportunity.’”   Rite Media Group LogoThe Film Connection placed Ofu as an apprentice with Rite Media in Atlanta, and to tailor his apprenticeship to his interests in post-production, Ofu says he worked with two mentors there: Steve Carmichael (for the basics of film production and camera work), and Kevin Christopher for editing, post-production, and visual effects. For Ofu, the experience of learning on-the-job could not have been a better fit, because the combination of doing the work himself with the guidance of a mentor made him take ownership of his training and his career.   “The thing about Kevin is he believes in you doing it yourself,” says Ofu. “So he just guided me and told me what to do, and how to do it….You have to go and do [it yourself], with self-study and your mentors to help you. That means you are actually forced to use your brain. No one is going to open your brain and just slam things in your head. So it kind of helped me out to do further research and read about stuff, which is really great. I think it’s a choice.”   Based on his own experience, Ofu’s advice to other apprentices is fairly simple: “Just don’t hold back anything,” he says. “Be organized, number one, and don’t be shy if [you] have any questions…That’s what they are there for, and that’s why they are mentors… Take advantage of every situation and ask questions and keep asking and asking. Do your homework.”   Perhaps even more valuable than the skills he learned as an apprentice, Ofu’s newfound sense of ownership over his career is what helps keep him going today. While sustaining himself with a variety of freelance projects, Ofu says he’s pitching an action script called From the Shadows with the help of a manager in Hollywood, who is helping him hammer out the connections and funding for the project. He says it’s a lesson in patience, and it’s also putting his business knowledge to work.   “Knowing the business is really good, because you don’t want to be low-balled,” he says. “You need to know where you stand…You have to find the right people.”   Even during the discomfort of waiting for his budget to come together for the film, it’s clear that Ofu knows where his passion lies, and he’s in it for the long haul. “You have to be strong,” he says. “The industry is not easy. You have to be focused, just like anything…Some things take time. I am a believer of, ‘Anything is possible.’…Where your passion is, you will succeed. Don’t get me wrong, money is good. It does a lot of stuff. But at the same time, you are most happy when you are doing what you love.”   Well said, Ofu!   

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2-23-15 Apprentices in Action
Here’s what some RRFC Apprentices
have been up to!
    Dawnette ScolariMicing Drums at ES AudioRecording Connection apprentice Dawnette Scolari is micing up the drum kit and getting sounds at ES Audio Recording Studio.   Paul RamirezRecording Connection apprentice Paul Ramirez is smiling after nailing a country rock mix at Allusion Studios in Tucson, AZ.      Matthew GibsonFilm Connection student Matthew Gibson is shooting b-roll for the film Autism in America with Emmy-winning mentor Zac Adams!   Taylor Crommie & "Speed"Taylor Crommie is at Joombas Music Group in Hollywood, CA where he’s helping record K-Pop band Speed.    

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February 23, 2015

 


Left – Russell Simmons Endorsement
Legendary Hip Hop Mogul
Russell Simmons endorses the Recording Connection!
Right – Dave Pensado Endorsement
Audio Engineer Dave Pensado endorses Recording Connection.

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2-23-15 Mentor News
Recording Connection mentor Mark Christensen provides key insights for student apprentices
looking to get hired!
Engine Room AudioWhen it comes to learning from top music industry pros, you don’t get much better than Recording Connection mentor Mark Christensen. His many years in the music industry have given him experience on both sides of the aisle, so to speak—both on the studio side of music production and as a recording and touring label artist. In 1996, Mark established Engine Room Audio in New York City from the ground up. Today, Engine Room is one of the best and busiest recording and mastering studios in the world, servicing such clients as Trey Songz, 50 Cent, Kylie Minogue, The Killers, A$AP Rocky, The Ting Tings, Sia and a host of others. Even so, as busy as the Engine Room gets, Mark still takes a personal interest in passing his knowledge along, and personally mentors all the students we send to his studio.   Mark ChristensenUnder Mark’s mentoring, Recording Connection apprentices get plenty of opportunities to grow and connect to the industry while learning from the best, which is why the Engine Room is understandably one of our most in-demand mentor studios. In a recent conversation with RRFC, Mark talked about the advantages that apprentices have by learning on-the-job, and provided key insights into how students can make the most of those advantages.    
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    RRFC: What do you like about this program as compared to a traditional audio engineering school?   Mark Christensen: I think the fact that the way the course is constructed, the students are actually in a working commercial studio. We meet one-on-one with them, so we get a chance to really figure out what stuff they’re understanding clearly, and what stuff they’re not understanding clearly. I think if you’re just in a classroom setting, sometimes it can be pretty easy to get lost in the shuffle. With these students, we’re working one-on-one with them. They get to attend sessions that are real commercial sessions. I’ve had students attend sessions of mine that have gone on to be nominated for Grammys and gone onto gold and platinum records. The students are part of a real-world environment where they get to be in the studio and not just sitting in a class.   RRFC: What sorts of things do you have your students doing when they first come in?   Mark: We have a pretty aggressive session schedule here. [The students] come here and they’re definitely attending sessions right away. We also obviously are starting in on their class work. Because we have such a nice mic collection for example, we’re able to let them work with some of our assistants here and get hands-on experience, actually working with the microphones, looking at the different types of microphones. They’re interacting with the actual workings of the studio.   RRFC: Do you ever run across audio engineers who aren’t sure they want to “pass the torch” because they’re afraid there will be too much competition out there? Engineers who are worried about the younger generation taking over their jobs?   Mark: I guess I don’t find that to be true so much in my own life. My situation is maybe a little different than some other mentors, because we’ve got a really big facility here. We’ve got eleven studios, we’re an A-list mastering lab. To be truthful, we are constantly looking for engineers. One of the benefits I’ve found of being a Recording Connection mentor, quite honestly, is that I can actually sort of fish in my own pond, so to speak. There’s definitely a number of students that have gone on to actually work here. One student in particular, this guy named Nacor Zuluaga, ended up being my mastering assistant for a couple of years, getting a couple of plaques as an assistant on a couple of big albums that we did. He’s actually now started working himself as a mastering engineer, and has become one of the junior members of our staff here. [So] I actually have the opposite impression. Rather than be afraid of creating my own competition, I’m actually looking forward to creating competent engineers that I might actually be able to hire at some point.   Engine Room AudioRRFC: What was it about Nacor as a student? What did he do that made you say, “I want to hire this guy when he’s done with the program”?   Mark: He just really spent a lot of time soaking up all of the material. He’s very self-motivated, spent a lot of time researching the various topics. We would study a particular topic in the class, then he would go off on his own and do a lot more internet research, do a lot of reading. It was clear that he was learning really quickly, and he had a really good command of all of the material…He was a responsible guy, really knew what he was talking about. He was just one of those kids that really was able to get a grasp on the reality of how to work on sessions.   RRFC: Any other standout students? What made them stand out?   Mark: Christian Albrizio is [also] good…He’s just another dedicated kid who was definitely willing to attend almost anything I suggested. He would just soak up whatever information he could. That’s a common trait [of successful students]. We send out these emails to the whole student list. We’ll be like, “Hey, there’s a tracking session on Saturday that you are welcome to attend if you want to.” It tends to be the kids who show up to almost everything you invite them to. They have that attitude of wanting to learn anything they can learn.   Audio engineering started out as an apprenticeship model, right? You learn to be an audio engineer almost the same way you learn to be a blacksmith. You have to hang out with the blacksmith and figure out how he does stuff. That’s how you become a good audio engineer, too. You have to be willing to put in the time.    

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Digital Information Kit – See How Apprentices Learn from Top Music Professionals

See How Apprentices Learn from Top Music Professionals

   
Dave Pensado, Recording Connection mentor Matt Linesch, and Recording Connection apprentice, Hannah Finegold discuss the Recording Connection’s mentor/apprentice music education approach at the world famous United Recording in Hollywood, CA. United Recording is one of the many famous recording students where Recording Connection students serve their apprenticeships.   Click here to learn more about the Recording Connection!

Film Digital Information Kit – Where & How You Learn

We place you in a real film production company from day one.

   
We believe the best way to learn filmmaking and the job skills necessary to be employable in the film business is to learn on real film sets and in real film production companies. And that’s exactly where we place you when you enroll with the Film Connection. While other schools place their students in overcrowded classrooms, far away from the realities of how the film business works, with us you are learning from professionals in real companies.   In addition, you will be paired with a well-known Hollywood screenwriter or producer, one who has written or made movies you may have seen and loved. This second mentor helps you write your screenplay idea into a professional screenplay or pitch.   As you are doing the above, you are also directing three films.   All of this leads to you graduating with a solid film, script, or pitch of your very own movie idea. You then fly out to either Los Angeles or New York City, where we set you up with your very own private meeting with a film producer who has the power to get your movie made.   Click here to learn more about the Film Connection!

2-23-15 Catching Up
Catching Up with Brian Kraft and Jimi Petulla
Giorgio PiovanWe’re going full throttle now, people! Fantastic news: Brian recently met with artist, engineer and movie score mixer Giorgio Piovan, and we’re delighted to announce that Giorgio will be mentoring a few very fortunate EDM students and future film composers in Los Angeles!   Brian also had a great meeting with radio personality Big Jay Sorensen, who is on-air at the world-famous WCBS-FM 101.1 in New York City. A pro with four decades in radio, we’re happy to say, Sorensen believes in our approach to getting people the in-industry, hands-on training they need to succeed. And yes–Big Jay Sorensen is now a Radio Connection mentor!  

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2-23-15 Apprentice Media
Check out this work by RRFC apprentices!
       

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Quotes from Students:
   
Dr. Drew endorses the Recording, Radio & Film Connection, and CASA The Culinary Apprenticeship School of the Arts.
February 23, 2015

 


 

RRFC partners with real industry professionals to educate students while they apprentice in real recording studios, radio stations and film production companies all over the world.

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