We have said it time and time again; getting hands-on while you study is vital.
This has been proven again by Audio student Michael Zac who has been interning at Base Recording Studios in Melbourne. We find out what Michael learnt from his internship, how his working life so far has affected his career aspirations and tells us about the day the big boss trusted him to run his very own recording session!
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from your internship?
The biggest lesson I learnt during my time at Base was mainly communication skills with clients. I have heard and read many different stories of engineers and producers working with clients in the studio, but I don’t think it’s something you can really learn or understand without hands-on experience. Whether it’s just an email or phone call, it's so important in this industry. Good communication results in happy customers and potentially more work.
I also really developed my skills in mixing. Learning more techniques and ways of mixing and using various gear and methods for different results really helped me to develop my knowledge.
What did you want to do career-wise before you started the course + has this changed since?
When I first started at JMC, I mainly wanted to work in a recording studio as a producer. I wanted to help artist's put everything into their songs emotionally, so the listeners really feel and understand the message that they are trying to convey.
Although this is still a very strong interest of mine, and still potentially what I would like to do in the industry, JMC has opened so many different doors for me. I’m currently working as a theatre technician + live engineer and have also had many different opportunities to work in the film side of the industry. It is something I have loved doing and is now an option I am considering pursuing in the future.
What were your favourite things about the internship?
I enjoyed the whole experience of working at Base, but, mainly all the hands-on experience I got in a professional studio. One day when Phil (the owner of the studio) was working interstate on an artist tour, he called me into the studio to run a session on my own. It was a brilliant experience for me to run a session on my own without supervision. The session was recording a proposal for a curriculum change in the education system. I personally thought that it was quite cool to be a part of something I never expected to be involved in, especially in this industry. It was a great experience.
What advice would you give to people taking on an internship?
I would say to get as much hands on experience as you can. Be vocal and don’t sit quietly in the corner, it will lead to getting more experience and you will learn much more. Make sure you ask as many questions as you can. As cliché as it sounds, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Lastly, take initiative. If you see something that needs to be done, do it, it will not go unnoticed. Do as much as you can while you can and get as much experience possible!
To learn more about internship opportunities at JMC, click here.
To learn more about studying Audio Engineering and Sound Production, click here.