Going to school vs. going to work

I am a graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona. Loved it. Learned the foundational stuff for my time in the business there. After graduation, I made several mistakes. Actually, while I was there I made a lot, too. Took some heat from the old guys about going to school when […]

The most critical skills in the pro audio world

I graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in January of 1998. Loved the school. Learned a lot. Actually, I have about 5 pounds of handwritten notes from my time there. Planning to get into them as blog posts soon. Robert Scovill was a guest lecturer at the school a few times. He […]

How will you know if you are successful?

Most people only see cash as success. The amount of money in the bank determines whether or not they are a success. I think there’s a lot more to it. I am technically retired from the music industry. Didn’t go out with a bang. Spent the last thirteen years in the business surviving and trying […]

This is my three second rule

After years of working stage management and shows, I developed the three second rule. Here’s how it works. Whenever I approach a stage, and the band is already setting up, I ask one question. How do we want to handle the soundcheck? I am trying to figure out who is in charge and see if […]

Four suggestions for surviving in the music business

One of the first things I think I need to get into is money. They aren’t going to teach you the real money side of the production world in tech school. The conservatory, full sail or wherever… They aren’t going to get into the survival side of it. I spent most of my career broke. […]

First post, credentials and other crap

I started a training guide for sound guys ( audio techs for the politically correct out there ) several years ago. It came from maybe a hundred training sessions with church sound guys. That framework became the foundation for this blog and my book. I designed and installed a lot of Systems. Installed my first […]

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