April 25, 2014
Latest Jobs and Opportunities

This week we are offering these jobs to our students:

  • Editor for Feature Indie Film - Los Angeles, CA
  • Executive Assistant needed for Film Studio - New York, NY
  • Sound People Needed For National Historical Archive Project - Nationwide
  • Beale Street Music Festival Now Hiring! - Memphis, TN/li>
  • Assistant Needed For A-List Talent Agency - Los Angeles, CA
  • Assistant, Film Production Company - Chicago, IL
  • Senior Sales Associate, Digital Media Company - New York, NY
  • Audio Editor Needed ASAP For Premiere Cable Company - Denver, CO
  • Film & Audio Crew Needed For Music Video - Philadelphia, PA
  • Assistant Needed For A-List Production Company - Los Angeles, CA
  • Asst. To Head Of Development, Reality TV Production Co. - Los Angeles, CA
  • Audio Engineer Needed For Recording Studio/Label - Washington, D.C.
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Deirdre Palmer in talks with Def Jam

After months of hustling and hard work, Recording Connection apprentice Deirdre Palmer has been in talks to sign to famed record company Def Jam! Deirdre is an ambitious entertainment manager from San Antonio, TX, taking many rap and hip-hop artists under her wing and promoting her company.

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Deirdre got her start with Recording Connection apprenticing with Mark Sinko at Salmon Peak Recording in San Antonio. “Mark -- he was perfect match, the perfect mentor for me,” says Deirdre. “There’s no one out there like him. Recording Connection is where it all started for me, and I owe it to you guys for making my dreams come true.”

We look forward to hearing more about Deirdre’s journey as she launches her business!

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Radio apprentice Callan McClurg on the air in San Diego!

Radio Connection apprentice Callan McClurg, who started his apprenticeship back in January of this year, is already getting on-air time at his mentor station, KRLY-107.9 in San Diego, assisting on sports talk show “Dolan’s Dugout with Steve Dolan” on Tuesday nights!

Callan shared a recent experience with us: “Chris Davis, who covers everything sports related in San Diego, joined us at 6:15 to talk about local college baseball and softball. We also discussed the home opener of the Arena Football League’s LA KISS, a newly formed expansion team, owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons from the legendary rock band KISS.”

Mountain Country 107.9FM 

Congratulations, Callan! Keep up the good work!

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Hint: The new RRF supporter is an Academy Award winning director who has made feature length films about five different world leaders spanning from BC to the present day. He is a legendary director with a rebellious streak who is also a published author, combat veteran, and all around great guy!!!!!

We reveal who our new best friend is later this month. If you’d like to guess, please sign up here. Guess right, and you could win a brand new Abelton Live or Pro Tools software package in the box! Entry must be received by 5/4/2014 - Good luck!

Contest rules: Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen in drawing from all correct entries. The complete list of rules for this contest is available on the contest sign up page.

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House Studios wins “Best Recording Studio in DC” for the 3rd year in a row!

Inside House Studio

Recording Connection is proud to announce that our mentor studio House Studios has won the Washington City Paper honor of Best Studio in the DC area for the third time in three years. One of the readers had this to say:

“By far the best studio in the area. Their engineers and producers are the most talented around and can literally master any genre.”

Congratulations to House Studios and Recording mentors Yudu, Victor, and Jake!

A conversation with Recording Connection mentor Bill Davidow

Bill Davidow

Recording Connection mentor Bill Davidow is a producer, engineer, and the owner of Virlouise Recording Studios in Anaheim, CA. His impressive client list over the years has included Johnny Come Lately, Israel Houghton, Guy Fieri, Guitar Center, Los Angeles Women in Music and many others. Virlouise Studios works easily with many different genres, including pop, rock, jazz, hiphop and more. Bill talked with us recently about his career and his experiences as a Recording Connection mentor.

“I started [making music] when I was fifteen years old,” says Bill. “I chased around a guy who did live sound and would be that annoying intern asking lots of questions, but that’s what you have to do. We’d go down to the Washington Pier and try to meet artists and music people. I saw Jim Morrison get arrested there right after he signed with Elektra Records.”

The word “thorough” doesn’t even begin to describe how Bill integrates the curriculum with realworld experience when it comes to his Recording Connection apprentices. Besides teaching the basics and helping them learn their way around the studio, he teaches them the science of it all: the correct way to listen and observe sound. Bill enjoys teaching Pro Tools in his lessons as a staple of the learning process. “Pro Tools 11 is everything they said it would be,” he says.

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Bill can’t help but brag a bit about his current apprentices. Nathan Lata, he says, is already producing high quality tracks at the age of nineteen. “His rough mixes are better than most seasoned engineers,” he says. Another apprentice, Christian Spurlock, recently accompanied Bill to the acclaimed NAMM trade show, where he got to make connections with a variety of industry professionals.

As to how he feels the Recording Connection measures up to other training programs, Bill is very clear in his opinions. “I once had an intern from Full Sail with what looked like great credits and credentials, but he couldn’t even tell me what some of the basic setups were in the studio,” he says. “As it turns out, he was offered those credits for simply just standing in the room during the productions.

“I love Recording Connection because it’s not a scam. Ninety percent of our students go right into jobs after completing the program with me. This is a really intensive program and then on top of that, I give them leads to follow. It pushes them forward in a way that the ‘cookie cutter’ schools do not.”

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Film Connection welcomes Sandy Stern and Paul Guay
as new screenwriting mentors to our program!

Sandy Stern, Paul Guay

Sandy Stern is an American film producer, best known for his work on the films Pump Up the Volume (1990), Being John Malkovich (1999) and Saved! (2004).

Paul Guay is a screenwriter, actor, and producer whose movies have grossed over half a billion dollars. He conceived and co-wrote Liar Liar (1997), at the time of its release the sixth-highest-grossing comedy in history, the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year, the second-highest-grossing film of Jim Carrey’s career, and Imagine’s highest-grossing film ever. The screenplay received an Honorable Mention (along with “Fargo,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Full Monty” and “Catch Me If You Can”) in Scr(i)pt magazine’s list of the Best Scripts of the Past 10 Years. Guay co-wrote The Little Rascals (1994), Universal’s second-highest-grossing film of that year. Read more about our new screenwriting mentor on IMDB!

Welcome to new Radio Connection mentors Breathe Radio in San Francisco!

From their “About” page:

“It’s our hope that you’re enjoying the diverse talk show options we offer. Our shows have been created with you in mind. While the great majority of talk radio is confrontational, sports-focused or political in nature, we at Team Breathe have set out to expand the conversational palate. And we do it with a wink and a smile.

Breathe Radio

“Our shows are live, fun, funny, energetic and hopefully, from your perspective, informative. We talk love, relationships, pop culture, fitness, parenting, and the headlines that most interest you. Plus we bring you unique, original, quality, exclusive shows. Shows like Breathe Acoustic and the first reality radio show, ‘The First Date Show.’

“You know what else is really cool? Our shows are highly interactive! You can call in, email, tweet, text, etc. We want to hear from you! These are your shows – so go for it! Have fun with it! And remember, Breathe Radio is mobile – download the Breathe App and take us everywhere!”


Apprentices at Work!

Lee Mosley scores gigs with his mentor!

Recording Connection apprentice Lee Mosley of Guntersville, AL is nearing the end of his one-onone training with mentor Alan Smith at Riverland Recording Studio near Huntsville. While he is in the process of taking some big leaps in his personal life, Lee has been working with Alan on the side assisting several live sound gigs and setting up live recordings for events.

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“It has been a pleasure working with Alan,” says Lee. “He is truly a great guy, and he has been an awesome mentor. Recording Connection made it possible for me to stay close to home and still learn the things necessary for me to pursue a career in a field I am truly passionate about. So a great big thank-you to everyone at Recording Connection for all the hard work you do.”

Dolce Films gets film apprentices on the set of music videos!

Dolce Films

Film Connection apprentices Mike Dusenka and Youp Zondag recently got to work on-set with their mentor Daniel Lir (Dolce Films, Los Angeles) during the shooting of music video for a talented female artist. The shoot took place on the weekend of April 5-6 in an airport hangar, and Mike and Youp tell us the video included some great choreography. Great job, guys!

Ubisoft Entertaiment visits Studio Du Chateau!

When Ubisoft Entertainment arrived at Studio Du Chateau in Montreal, Canada Recording Connection mentor Stephen Mullin was too ill to attend the sessions—so he had his apprentice Matthew Furci take the helm! Studio Du Chateau handles both film and audio needs for clients like Ubisoft, The session included choreographers, videographers, sound designers and more; Matthew oversaw the sound department during the sessions. Congrats, Matthew!

Matthew Furci

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Check out this scene from Film Connection apprentice Alondra Castro’s film Trepidation.

Shot from Trepidation
Welcome to Belo House teaser

Film Connection apprentice Amy Austin is working on a new horror film. Check out her creepy teaser here!

“Welcome to Belo House is a horror film I intend to make,” says Amy. “This teaser was made to generate interest. I am very thankful to my creative team for their inspiring input and talent.”

Rob Bryanton and Steve Hasiak, Recording Connection mentors at Talking Dog Studios in Regina, Saskatchewan, are working on sound design for a mobile app called “Clandestine Anomaly.” Check out the first playable stage of the app here: www.clandestineanomaly.com

Clandestine Anomaly
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“I really enjoyed it there, my mentor Karl was really experienced. There was a lot of diversity of bands and different equipment to work on -- Karl’s even expanding the studio.”

- Ian Hamilton, Recording Connection apprentice, DUB Media, Denver, CO

Jarrod Vanzo

“He [Dan Ivers] put me in charge of researching for Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaign for a PSA-like music video.”

- Jarrod Vanzo,
Film apprentice at Maiden Detroit Digital Media Co., Detroit, MI

“George, my mentor, has set me up with a full time internship at a NYC rental house called TCS and they actually just hired me for full time work and salary so I couldn’t be happier about that!”

- John Jenne, Film Connection apprentice, Huntington, NY

John Jenne

“The time I’m spending with Mark, my mentor, is going very well. I am really learning a lot. We are currently working on his feature film and I am getting a lot of great hands on experience from that.”

- Bryan Rufo, Film (screenwriting) apprentice, Lowell, IN

Ray Boyd

“My mentor will help me not only with the lessons, but with all of the other little details along the way.”

- Ray Boyd, Recording Connection apprentice, Colorado Springs, CO

“The studio is UNBELIEVABLE. Top notch.” - Recording apprentice Daniel Salkin on Crystal Clear Studios, mentor studio in Philadelphia, PA

“He really breaks it down… He’s a MASTER engineer.” - Recording apprentice Darius Peters on his mentor Mark Christiansen at Engine Room Audio in NYC

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“There are so many different digital and analog connections that I have never even heard of until now. I love reading these chapters, not only because of the great information, but because the writer makes it fun to read and gives great examples so I can best understand what he or she is trying to get across.”

- Logan Brown, Recording Connection apprentice, Chicago, IL

Amie Austin

What a week! I finished my horror film teaser finally and uploaded it for the world to see. The teaser, in my humble opinion, is pretty bad ass. The only problem is that my teaser puts my script to shame and now I have to think of ways to make my script match the teaser!”

- Amie Austin, Film Connection apprentice, Dallas, TX