Jim's belief in paying it forward has always been the driving force behind his desire to teach. For the most part this has culminated in the form of recording clinics, workshops, internships, and of course his recently released Tutorial DVD, The Studio Edge. All of these offerings provide education for individuals at varying levels of experience in recording. But out of all of these, the form of education deemed most valuable to the student, and most rewarding to Jim, has always been the internships.
Historically, Allusion Studios has accepted internships through many higher educational institutions across the country. But recently Jim was presented a new intern challenge. Emily was a high school junior, where her school allowed her to enroll in an internship class for credit. Though she came to us with a background in music and a deep curiosity for music production, she had no experience or prior knowledge of audio engineering. Because of her youth and "greenness" in the industry, taking on the role of Emily's mentor offered a new and different teaching opportunity for Jim. Regardless, he was enthusiastic to introduce her to the world of audio engineering as well as share his knowledge of recording with her. Emily interned at Allusion Studios from August 2010 through May 2011.
The entire process had us thinking - perhaps there are other students out there who are interested in audio engineering and music production, but don't know where to start. Because this was such a new experience for all of us, Emily maintained a blog documenting all of her thoughts and experiences with us.
You can view her entire blog here: http://internemily.blogspot.com