March 30, 2011

How to Use Twitter as a Career Asset

This is a guest post by Jason Scott. Jason is an intern, blogger, creator, writer, actor, and an avid music fan.  He recently finished his Master's Degree in Entertainment Business with Full Sail University. He loves American Idol, Glee, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and social media. Feel free to tweet him @jlscott13.

I can always tell when it is spring.  The shorts and sandals come out, and I have a reason to wear my favorite sunglasses. Daydreams of the beach with a good book flood my every thought. However, I am also bombarded with the pressure of finding the ideal summer internship.

Most of you probably know what I am talking about. 

As late as last year, I used to poorly navigate around Google and Yahoo trying to find a needle in a haystack.  I would spend countless hours searching for opportunities that did not seem to exist.  “There has to be an easier way,” I complained.  There has to be a viable solution.

March 29, 2011

Resume Tips: Keeping your resume out of the discard pile

You could have impressive work experience, test scores, and skills but your resume could still end up in the discard pile. Why? I've compiled a short resume tip list based on complaints about intern resumes from the very people that look them over.

  • Eliminate spelling errors - Yes, it's true that potential employers tend to skim resumes but you know what tends to stick out? Errors. Read and reread your resume for errors and ask a couple friends to look over it too.

  • Keep it to one page - I know you've done many awesome things and you don't want to leave a single one off of your resume but trust me, your resume should not be longer than one page. Cut it down. Tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for (may not be exactly the same for different applications) and take out anything that may not be relevant.

  • Make key points stick out - In order to fit the resume on a single page, don't crowd it with text in small fonts. A potential employer should be able to easily skim the resume so keep it simple. Use action words and formatting to highlight the information that is the most important and make it pop.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard

March 28, 2011

Recommended Reading:Ignore Everybody

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
If you want to work in music, media, entertainment, or any other competitive industry you've probably heard more than your fair share of naysayers. People who think you are unreasonable, irresponsible, or just downright crazy always seem to be the loudest and most willing to speak up.

Well, if you're beginning to believe them and think you might actually be losing your mind, then you've clearly never heard of Hugh MacLeod. What is he known for? Well he is an author. But, he is most known for creating humorous, artistic drawings on the back of business cards. I bet countless people thought he was nuts along the way.

March 25, 2011

Free Access to the NAB Show in Las Vegas

If you aren't familiar with the upcoming NAB Show, it is an annual trade show held by the National Association of Broadcasters and it's the largest electronic media show in the world. It focuses on professionals with a passion for bringing content to life on any platform and will take place April 9-14, 2011 and we have a special code for free access to the exhibit floor, the Opening Keynote and State of the Industry Address, Info Sessions, Content Theater, Exhibits and PITS. (More info and an access code are below)

The show hosts many networking events, educational sessions, and even a career fair. So, if you're interested in radio, film, digital media, mobile technology and entertainment, television, audio, etc. Essentially, if you're a regular reader of this blog there's a good chance the show has something for you. In fact, this year they have a special segment focused on audio production and recordingPast events have inlcuded appearances, honors of, or sessions with Jim Parsons from the Big Bang Theory, Jesse Alexander of Heroes and Lost success, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Kelsey Grammer. They also hosted the first broadcast of HDTV way back in 1996.

March 23, 2011

Entertainment Law Employment Options

I've covered what entertainment law is, but once you decide that entertainment law is the right career choice for you, where can you expect to work?  Here is a quick overview of four general types of entities that entertainment lawyers work for:

1. In-house
Working "in-house" means that you work at a company, rather than a law firm.  For entertainment lawyers, this usually means a record label, publishing company, or other related company that is large enough to employ its own lawyer rather than hire one from a firm.  Working in-house at a record label could mean negotiating recording agreements, making sure that all samples and artwork used are properly licensed, handling lawsuits for and against the label, or performing other general corporate tasks.  Most in-house jobs require at least three years of work experience at a firm, so few law school graduates go in-house right away.  In-house jobs are often desired because you don't have to worry about how many hours you are billing, but they also generally pay less as a result.

2. Large Law Firm

March 18, 2011

The Art of Foley and Sound Design Part 2

This is a guest post by composer, engineer, and sound designer Anthony Bellotti, for more information on him and his work visit Bellotti Music.  Thanks for the great post, Anthony! 

Hello interwebs! So last time we dove head first into audio post production with a full coverage of Foley. Now you must be wondering, that’s only half the title isn’t it? Well today we will go into the other half of film sound creation. Sound design. This is a newer development but actually has a lot of different meanings. For all intents and purposes of post production we will be discussing sound design as the synthetic creation of sound effects to complement a visual medium. Phew, that sounds fun doesn’t it!

So basically, Foley came first, and is always preferable. But it’s not always feasible. Sometimes studios with fewer resources need to use digital means to create sounds. Also, big studios still need synthetic means to create some things (you couldn’t make Wall-E’s voice with a comb and fork!).

March 15, 2011

Avoiding Boredom in an Internship

Yawn. Is the work you're doing at your internship really dull and tedious? Or, worse yet, do you currently have nothing to do at all? Yes, that "paying your dues" part of the career is known for being rather lack-luster but here's some advice to get the most of your downtime.

March 11, 2011

Learn From My Mistakes:Scheduling an Interview

I had an interview last week. At least I thought I did.

Long story short, someone at a company had emailed me to set up an interview. A time was suggested and I replied saying that would be great and figured we were good to go from there. It turned out my reply was never seen and is possibly floating around cyberland somewhere.

Email, texts, social networks, and other forms of instant, digital communication are great ways to easily reach people. The trouble is they are not always entirely reliable. We, especially our generation, have come to rely far too much on them for communicating important things, working on group projects, and scheduling events (when was the last time you got a real invite in the mail that was not for a wedding?). Yet some things are far too important to leave to newfangled (yes, I feel old writing that word) technology. In situations like this, it is probably best to stick to the phone or at very least confirm and be sure that everyone is one the same page.

March 10, 2011

The Art of Foley and Sound Design Part 1

This is a guest post by composer, engineer, and sound designer Anthony Bellotti, for more information on him and his work visit Bellotti Music.  Thanks for the great post, Anthony! 

Most music technology and production students aren’t even initially aware of the vast opportunities that exist in the realm of film sound. Everything you hear in a movie (and TV for that matter) has to be created by someone. The people that create those sounds are known as Foley Artists and Sound Designers. I have been both at different points for different studios and I can confidently say it is a very rewarding and engrossing path to take.

We’ll start with some information about Foley since technically it came first. Foley is named after a Jack Foley, a Hollywood original who first pioneered the notion of creating sound effects to enhance movies. He worked right at the advent of “talkies” so the world was wide open for innovation. Quickly, filmmakers realized how much sound mattered in film beyond just music. If you have a man revealing a sword and don’t hear the satisfying “SCWHING!” with it, it just doesn’t have the same impact.

So fast forward some 70 years and here we are today. Foley has evolved from a few guys tinkering with creaky chairs and keys to massive sound stages with tanks, guns, cars, swords, bombs, and any other crazy resources that can make a film sound more visceral. Of course the old techniques still apply today in some ways. A few fun tricks for instance: need a campfire? Crinkle thick paper. Need a haunted house? Grab a creaky stool for floor sounds. Bone snaps? Carrots and celery work great. These are just a few of the clever ways Foley Artists create the sounds filmmakers crave.

March 09, 2011

Music Industry Organizational Roles Quiz

If you want to work in music, you should understand the different roles of each key type of organization in the industry. Hopefully this quiz is an easy one for you. Test your knowledge below and then comment to tell us how you did, what you learned, or even what you want to see a quiz on. Good luck!

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Legal News: F.B.T. Prods., LLC v. Aftermath Records

When interviewing for a music industry job or internship, knowing what is going on in the industry can really impress your interviewer and give you those extra points to snag the position.  To keep you updated, I'll be posting summaries of cases, legislation, or whatever else is going on in the legal world that affects the music industry.

What Happened:
F.B.T. Prods., LLC v. Aftermath Records is a case from late 2010 involving a contractual dispute over royalties due to Eminem's producers, FBT Productions (Eminem was not a party to the case).  The plaintiff signed Eminem to an exclusive recording agreement and helped launch his career, and the defendant is Eminem's label, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group that was founded by Dr. Dre.  The dispute was over whether, based on the language in FBT's agreement with Aftermath to deliver Eminem records, sales made on iTunes should be treated as albums sold through Normal Retail Channels in the United States (USNRC) or as masters licensed to iTunes for "manufacture and sale of records or for any other uses."  This is a big difference, because according to the contract, FBT's royalty on albums sold through USNRC was around 12-20%, but it was to receive 50% income from masters licensed.  Digital distribution had not been contemplated in the disputed contracts, so Aftermath decided to treat singles and albums sold through iTunes as though they were sold through a physical record store, which was what USNRC meant then (and usually still does now).  FBT disagreed, and so it was up to the court to decide how the contract should be interpreted.

March 08, 2011

I Love Success Stories

So, as you're all probably aware, today is Mardi Gras! Yay! But did you know that today is also International Women's Day and March is Women's History Month? It also just so happens to be my birthday so I hope you will forgive me for keeping this post short and sweet. And in honor of today being International Women's Day, today's success story is dedicated to that fire-y redhead whom we all know and certainly love -- Lucille Ball!

Known especially for playing the titular role in the comedic television series, I Love Lucy, Ms Ball has been a huge success. During her career, she has earned 13 Emmy nominations, 4 wins, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors but do you know about how much she initially struggled to get to that point? Our dear lovable Lucy was a B movie star before she became famous and before that she was told by her drama instructors that acting was not the job for her. It's a good thing she didn't take those criticisms to heart because I think she actually did pretty well in the world of acting and comedy, don't you?

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard

March 01, 2011

Burning Bridges: How to Avoid Making Enemies at Work (and in general)

I'm sure you've all been in a position where some other person has done or said something so annoying or rude that you just want to scream profanities at them or insult them somehow. Don't. In the heat of the moment, retaliation might make you feel all high and mighty but the potentially irreparable damage you've done to your relationship with this person may very well end up nipping you in the butt.

Reasons not to seek revenge:
  1. Depending on the nature of the crime, retaliation, and the second person involved, this could be the beginning of a terrible enemy-ship. What a huge waste of time and energy.
  2. Other people are watching. They might have missed the attack on you but if they see you lash back, you'll be the one they are judging.
  3. "Revenge is a dish that's best served cold" .. probably because after a couple days, you realize the whole situation isn't a big deal and lashing out isn't necessary.
  4. Long gone are the days of elementary school and don't you want to approach your problems with more maturity than you did during your single-digit ages?
  5. You could be blowing up over some stupid little misunderstanding. Then wouldn't you feel silly!

Things to do instead:
  1. If you're upset by something that was said, ask the other person about it and make sure that you interpreted his/her words and meaning correctly.
  2. Explain to the other person how his/her comment/action made you feel. He/she probably didn't mean to offend you.
  3. Physical activity is a great outlet but obviously if you're at work you can't take a martial arts or a dance break. But you probably could take a 5-minute walk. Go outside and walk the perimeter of the office building or stay inside and wander around the hallways. As long as you get back to work after a couple of minutes, no one should mind.
  4. Listen to some music. As readers of a blog on breaking into the music industry, you should know more than anyone what a great outlet music can be. Just put in headphones and make sure the volume is such that you aren't disturbing anyone else.
  5. Get back to work! Well, you should do this anyway but generally the best way to calm down is always to put your mind on something else. So put your mind to your work and never mind what happened.

This doesn't just apply to the work environment. Learning to hold your tongue instead of giving a reflex response will help protect your reputation with your colleagues and your friends.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard