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On Tuesday, July 15th, campers woke up early and anxious for the annual Guest Professional Day. GRAMMY Camp faculty accumulated a panel of music industry professionals. Though many students were running on only a few hours of sleep, energy was at an all-time high.The opportunity to learn from some of the most influential people in the industry today is a unique aspect that makes GRAMMY Camp such a fantastic experience for those interested in being fully immersed in all aspects of the industry. Before the super panel could start, all the career tracks split up to individual panels to have one on one time with music professional in their desired field.
Jason Sears was one of the many professionals that made an appearance. Sears has been involved with the audio crew of The Voice since its inception dealing with the technicalities of live sound. His new project happens to be mixing on a Digico SD5 for Rising Star, the new reality TV show on ABC based on the Israeli singing competition, HaKokhav HaBa. Though Sears is busy with the audio production world he found time to he found time to visit the students in the Audio Engineering track on Guest Professional Day this year at GRAMMY Camp to share his advice.
The most useful piece of advice that Sears gave was to be persistent. Nestor Carrera, an audio engineering student, enjoyed the presentation and took the Emmy Award-winning engineer's advice to heart. “I loved how Jason told us you can never be too persistent,” said Carrera. “He kept calling the right people and he knew that networking was everything. His persistence is what eventually landed him a job. I just hope that I can be as fortunate.”
Though Carrera is hopeful about securing a job in the audio engineering business, Sears did not sugar coat the struggles of finding a job in the industry. “If you want to be in television finding a job is difficult,” said Sears. “You have to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right skill set.” Being told the reality behind the job informs the student of what they need to do in order to stand out when looking for a job as an audio engineer/mixer.
However, all hope is not lost for any student dreaming of audio engineering as a career. Sears did advise the students to be involved with corporate industry. For example, almost all hotels have an audio visual department, allowing a person to work any and all presentations and conferences that are booked at that specific venue. Nathan Adam, the Audio Engineering instructor chimed in to share his view of working for any hotel corporation. “The nice thing about working on an audio team at a hotel is the hours are not too bad and for the most part they get paid on a decent scale,” said Adam.
Students in the Audio Engineering track walked away from the mini panel with information that gave them new confidence in their pursuit of a career in the audio portion of the music industry.
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