Audio Alumni and former JMC Scholarship Student, Patrick McTaggart, has jumped straight from earning his degree to working with one of the biggest and most modern venues in Sydney, the brand new ICC.
Patrick agreed to chat with us about the lessons he has learnt so far working for such a large and highly respected venue and what led him there in the first place.
Tell us what you have been upto since graduating?
I was working casually at a bar near where I live, but then I saw a post from Glenn on the audio student Facebook page showing this program at the new ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. I applied and went through the recruitment process, shuffled some holidays around to prioritise the interviews and then one morning I woke up and got an email offering me a place to start mid February. I have been working in the audio department for the past 3 months, soon to move onto the vision department.
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned since working with ICC Sydney?
Probably the importance of teamwork and how all the different AV departments work together (on separate timelines) in order to deliver events for clients. Other than that, there is a bunch of small lessons that I've picked up along the way more specific to certain areas. This experience though isn’t just about the lessons I have learnt. Working at a world class and international venue is giving me the opportunity to start my career with the very best. I am supported in developing my career path while learning new skills in an exciting and fast pasted environment.
What made you want to get into Audio?
I've always had a passion for music and enjoy listening to it in my spare time. I got involved in the AV department when I was at school and from there was mixing for whichever band was performing at the assembly that week. I really enjoyed setting up a band, going through sound check and the pressure of mixing on the go. From there I was really interested in making this a career.
What were your favourite things about JMC?
I really enjoyed working in the studios and gradually working my way up to Studio A and wrapping my head around the signal flow of the SSL. That was challenging but really cool to finally understand how to work the desk and of course, use it in my final studio project to record one of my mates band that turned out sounding really great.
How do you feel your time at JMC prepared you for the industry?
JMC prepared me really well. I had a number of live sound units which, looking back on it, have really helped me jump into working with people who have worked in the industry for years. Of course there's still a learning curb, but a lot of terminology turned out to be really useful in terms of communicating effectively and understand what had to be set up for an event.
What advice would you give to current students?
Form relationships. Basically; networking. So far a lot of opportunities I've had are from people that I know and who know me and how I work and perform under pressure. The best way to describe this for this particular industry is: "it's not what you know, it's who you know." But yes, it's still important to have a prior knowledge so you're not completely out of your depth.
To learn more about studying Audio Engineering and Sound Production, click here.