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Show #31 | Los Angeles, CA
Guest: Chris Lord-Alge
Sep 26, 2016

Here are the job opportunities (or as we like to call them, Grind Opps) from this week's show.



Editor / Videographer

Industry: Film

Location: San Antonio, TX


Sporting team seeks talented videographer / editor to be responsible for shoots and assembling footage into finished product that matches director’s vision.




Live Audio / Maintenance Engineer

Industry: Recording

Location: Las Vegas, NV


MGM Resorts is seeking an engineer that is responsible for operating, repairing, and maintaining all audio equipment for the company.




Corporate Video / Film Producer

Industry: Film

Location: Chicago, IL


Branding agency that specializes in cinematic scalable filmmaking is seeking freelance producers for several corporate client projects.




A1 Audio Operator

Industry: Recording

Location: New York, NY


Media company focused on culture news seeks audio operator responsible for executing all audio production for news programming during live and recorded segments.




Recording Studio Tech

Industry: Recording

Location: North Hollywood, CA


Company specializing in recording studio design, equipment sales, and system integration seeks audio engineers for a full time position.



DJ IZ: All right, I like that cut off. I like that instant it’s over. What’s up y’all? Welcome to CONNECTED. I’m your host, DJ IZ. I’m here hanging with my lovely co-host, my lovely girl, Miss Cloie. Say what’s up.

Cloie: Hi guys. Good morning. Happy Monday. Thanks for tuning in for some Monday Movements.

DJ IZ: Yes. Monday Movement is another hashtag that we’ve added to our collection of hashtags. By the way, for those of you who are just tuning in, make sure you follow us. Before you even get started, make sure you’re following us already. And that’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Cloie: Google+.

DJ IZ: Google+. The whole nine. Also too, want to talk about our podcast that we now have on iTunes and Google Play. So make sure you catch us there. But before we get rolling…

Cloie: You said iTunes, right? Google Play and iTunes.

DJ IZ: And iTunes, yes. Google Play and iTunes. For those of you that have been tuning in, if you notice, the music to our intro was different. And I want to take a moment to highlight the person that actually sent in that…sent in some music for us last week. There was a couple folks that sent us music, Cloie, but…

Cloie: And thank you. Thank you guys.

DJ IZ: And thank. Thank you. But this particular one kind of really stood out to me especially just from the music I grew up listening to which is hip-hop and it kind of had that feel. So Cloie, let’s tell our viewers who this person was so we can kind of just tell briefly a little story about her and what she does.

Cloie: So guys, this music comes to us out of Atlanta Georgia from Jacinta Willis, aka Cool J. Lo. And she’s born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and she’s now living in Georgia. Shout out to her because she’s doing it in this industry as a woman. She’s 42. Forty two years young now because that’s just when life is getting good and in an industry where they age-shame among other things. Right?

DJ IZ: Yeah, absolutely. And, you know…

Cloie: Out there, she’s doing it.

DJ IZ: She doing it. She’s a singer, songwriter, producer and audio engineer.

Cloie: She’s an owner and a CEO of Imperial Records Yale Music group. So shout out mama for doing it.

DJ IZ: Yeah. Definitely shout out to you girl and thank you so much for sending us your music, your work, and that’s great encouragement for our viewers, Cloie, because we want you all to keep sending in material. Whether it’s music, whether it’s a short film, whether it’s your resume. We also want to make sure that we make available any opportunities possible to you guys and our creators, and our viewers. So definitely keep sending stuff in folks, because you might find your music on the next intro. You might find your music at somebody’s hands that can actually help create some other opportunities for you guys. So definitely we wanted to shout you out girl. Thank you so much for sending that in.

Cloie: And we can open up that dialogue too. Just send your stuff in, guys. It’s [email protected].

DJ IZ: Log it down. Log it down.

Cloie: I mean, it’s got solid. Did I do it wrong? No, you did it right. Thank you, Mike. Oh, also make sure you’re watching us live. You’re watching us on Facebook Live because we’re there guys, we’re there.

DJ IZ: We’re there.

Cloie: You know, also…

DJ IZ: Don’t miss it. Don’t miss it.

Cloie: We’re on the official hashtag powered by Recording Connection version. So you got to sign up to do that.

DJ IZ: So Cloie, being that today is Monday Movement day, man, how was your week last week? I know we had an intense meeting after our show. How was your week for you? I know you were out there on the grind because I didn’t get a chance…

Cloie: Oh beb, the grind is also real. I threw up photo…if you guys are on our Instagram, which you need to be, of me multitasking whilst doing splits and learning lines, because life is real. So that’s just kind of like that’s where we are right now. Just like getting it done and then…

DJ IZ: Getting it done. Absolutely. You know, my week was the same. I mean, I had a lot of meetings. I was driving back and forth to LA a lot last week. The same thing, you know, just a lot of opportunities, a lot of things even outside of music that just make the spectrum really, really big as far as just opportunities and in creating the opportunities. So it was a good week for me. Weekend was good. You know, the weekend is never long enough, guys. I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Cloie: Listen.

DJ IZ: You know, I was happy to get to the show today because we got a lot of cool things we’re featuring on today’s show. And, you know I’m just excited. You know, later on we’re going to be showcasing some of the comments that a lot of our viewers have sent in. And it kind of just reassures us of what we do here every week, Cloie. You know, as far as people getting the information they need, utilizing the opportunities. You know, so I’m really excited about today and we’re going to…matter of fact, let’s jump into our grind now.

Cloie: I think we’ve got a packed show.

DJ IZ: We got a packed show. So before we get into these grind outs, Cloie, let’s let them know what they need to have on hand for these details.

Cloie: Guys, queue the 1950s instructional video music. You’re going to get your pen. You’re going to get your little notebook. It can say whatever you want. This is my personal notebook, or you’re going to get your device and your texting thumbs to take notes if you are saving trees and/or writing is a dinosaur to you. And you’re going to get your mind right. That’s what you’re going to do.

DJ IZ: Get your mind right.

Cloie: Get your mind right.

DJ IZ: Actually get your mind in the state of a sponge, because it’s a lot of information to absorb and take in. So without any further ado, I hope that you got your necessary tools, your iPad, your phone, your notes, whatever. So we can jump up into this grind opp number one. So here we go folks. Here we go. Grind out number one is in the field of film, editor, videographer.

A sporting team seeks talented videographer, editor to be responsible for shoots and assembling footage into finished product that matches director’s vision. And this is in San Antonio, Texas.

I hope my man…we had a couple of viewers actually tune in a couple of the earlier episodes from Texas. So I hope you’re with us today, man, because this is something that might be within your reach out in San Antonio, Texas. So here are some of the details. Candidate must be able to bring sight and sound together in order to tell a cohesive story. Candidate must demonstrate video editing abilities with a strong portfolio, ability to have a flexible schedule during the season is a must, right?

Cloie: Yep.

DJ IZ: So I think for any anybody who’s obviously in this particular field, which is film, definitely should have some experience. And like I said, we always like to highlight our Recording Connection students, because they’re actually…

Cloie: And Film Connection.

DJ IZ: And the Film Connection. You know, the classroom for them is not your traditional classroom. The classroom for them is actually there in the field in real-time with real mentors. So this could be a great opportunity for those students in the Film Connection.

Cloie: There’s also those in mind where you were saying last week, because we had another job that was similar to this one. And that one of the things that they highlighted was a knowledge and love of the sport. I’m paraphrasing. And you were talking about this is a great job…like for this type of job, because you’re telling a story through sports, so you have to have that love already there. And that was one of the things that you said last week that was so great. That also trickles into everything.

DJ IZ: Right. And I’m actually glad you brought that point up, Cloie, because I think it’s important for folks in these fields to really make their selves not aware, but familiar with what that really looks like at the end of the day. You know, and I’m taking into consideration that you got to create a product that at the end of the day reflects the director’s vision. And I think it’s important for you to be at a point in this particular field to know how to actually do that, to take in information and then to bring it to life that runs parallel to where the vision started is crucial. A lot of times you’ll find yourself taking somebody’s vision, and then you present it. And it’s kind of nowhere near what they were hoping to see.

So you got to at least be at a point to where you could do that, where you could take it in and articulate it and deliver it. So that’s a huge thing and you got to be able to bring sight and sound together to tell a cohesive story. And if anything when it comes to something that’s being cohesive, it’s really about the creative and the creativity to really stay connected from start to finish and everything kind of being consistent. So those are things to definitely think about. And really those are traits in the field that you want to just already kind of be good at, because like I said… how we say, Cloie. I mean with these kinds of opportunities, you don’t want to underperform.

Cloie: Hashtag.

DJ IZ: Right. Hashtag. You better tell them.

Cloie: Overperform. Everybody right now, stop what you’re doing except keep listening please, but stop what you’re doing and tweet us @izconnected. Tweet us #overperform. Holler back if you hear us.

DJ IZ: Holla back if hear us. And also, too, so check this out. Another detail, candidate must be able to demonstrate video editing abilities with a strong portfolio. So this might be a good opportunity for you guys to actually send in your sizzle reel to our email, and email it to us, that way we can kind of like look at it, give you a heads-up. If there’s certain things that we feel you should kind of perfect or do different, that might be a great way to kind of just make sure you’re over prepared, so that prior to sending in any kind of real or anything, you know, it’s kind of solid and bulletproof. So that’s another cool opportunity for you guys, for those of you who are in this field to send us some of your sizzle. Send us a sizzle reel. Send us some of the work you’ve done and we could kind of help navigate you.

And last but not least, the ability to have a flexible schedule. Man, Cloie, how hard…let me just say for my week of last week, it was very hard to be flexible, because things were changing. People were rescheduling times. Man, how important? Just even looking at your week, Cloie, how important is it for you to just be able to navigate through schedule changes and people…?

Cloie: You have to. Yes, because look, shit happens, life happens. We keep it moving.

DJ IZ: Absolutely.

Cloie: And what are you going to do? Sit and cry? No, you adjust and the things that can’t be adjusted will fall away. And sometimes there are tears and sometimes there’s cursing, but you have to be flexible especially as we’re all coming up because we are never…we’ve never arrived but are always in the process of arriving. I just hit you with the Meta stuff.

DJ IZ: You did, you did.

Cloie: But if you have arrived somewhere, then you did because you have nothing left to learn and [crosstalk 00:11:53].

DJ IZ: And that’s key. I was just having a conversation last week with someone. And it’s like that he was…he wanted to know on the production side as far as programming and making music, you know, what are some of my strategies? And I told him at the end of the day, you know, I’m still learning. You know what I’m saying? Obviously I’ve been able to perfect something to a certain degree, but I’m still learning. And I’m learning for the younger culture of music creators, because I’m able to extract what they’re doing and then, you know, fuse it with what I’m doing.

And even as a creator, I’m still learning as much as I’ve been blessed to do and accomplished. I’m still learning and I think that’s what affords us the opportunities that we have, Cloie. Is that we’re still very much open-minded and that’s key.

Cloie: The most.

DJ IZ: The most. So that’s grind opp number one folks. So we have something special we’re getting ready to do for you guys that are our viewers. So this year, I had a great opportunity to interview a slew of folks. From CEOs, to producers, to engineers. And I did this at The NAMM Convention in Anaheim for this year, which is 2016. And we actually interviewed a really, really great artist, engineer, producer by the name of Chris Lord-Alge. And we want to show you a segment that we shot, which is a little roughly two minutes and keep in mind that my interview was a lot longer than that, but we were able to take some of the key pieces that can be very informational for our viewers.

So without any further ado, we got something from the vault that we’d like to show you guys. So I’d like to introduce you to Chris Lord-Alge. You all check it out.

DJ IZ: What’s up y’all? This is IZ Ablow with CONNECTED. I’m here hanging out with one of the great masters, Chris Lord-Alge. How do you feel about just where things are going even in your road as a mixer in what you do?

Chris: We’re just trying to bring the ability for the next generation of kids to do what I do the easiest possible way with all the tools that we’ve learned from. So people like Phil Wagner who runs Focusrite, we try to brainstorm, come up with some great things, great items to help the next generation.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. And one of the things we kind of like to reiterate with we do here at CONNECTED is really reeducate the next generation of consumers, musicians even entrepreneurs. Because at the end of the day, we’re walking business. You know, it’s like your body of work, what you do, you’re a mobile business. And I think it’s crucial especially for this generation to understand what it means to not only be great at your craft or what you love but also have a business mindset that allows you and brings you more work in the future and how you handle it. You know what I mean?

Chris: Absolutely. You have to think outside the box. Not just what you’re doing on the computer, but what you’re doing with it and where you’re taking it.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. So a day in the life for you, Chris Lord-Alge, when you get files and you start to process the music and about to put your touch on it, what is that like for you in your environment?

Chris: I mean, it’s just all about painting a picture. It’s like being an artist. Being a guitar player, being a drummer, being a musician. It’s all about painting a picture and then thinking about other things you’re going to do with it. So this is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

DJ IZ: That’s so dope, man. You know, I talk to a lot of the younger cats who want to get behind the board and push faders and mix and paint just as you speak of. And a lot of them really want to know what are the dos and don’ts in that environment? As how much do you paint, how much do not paint, how much do you let the music just speak to you or speak to its listeners? How much do you really dive in it and versus…?

Chris: The key is the more you over think anything, the more you ruin it. More reverb. Exactly. The more you overdo it, the more you ruin it so you try to keep it as simple as possible. It’s better to put it away for a minute and come back to it, but if you dig in deep and keep going, you might end up not getting it right. So for me, it’s like, “Look, I only have X amount of time to make this feel good. Let’s make it feel good right now.”

DJ IZ: I mean, as a creator, as a songwriter, like my basis for creating is really not the rules but really what feels good to my soul, and what I think is going to inspire listeners and music lovers.

Chris: Exactly. So that’s the key. You know, the key is to camp with inspiration and not follow any rule books and try things that are a little bit outside your comfort zone.

DJ IZ: Right, right. Now, I’m an analog guy at heart. I grew up on Paulteks [SP], B72s, Telefunkens, all those things. So from your side, I know guys…you know, we talk about the box or we talk about outboard gear, or we talk about analog versus digital. What do those roles mean for you and how do you bring them together?

Chris: It’s very simple. Get your toolbox and fill with all the stuff you can. I have tons of analog. I have tons of digital. I combine both of them so I get all the shades and colors I want to make the music speak the best it possibly can. And that’s what it is.

DJ IZ: And honestly guys, I don’t know what else to tell you. I mean, you heard it for yourself from one of the greats, Chris Lord-Alge, man. Thank you so much, man.

Chris: Well, thank you. Man, it was awesome.

DJ IZ: You know, the key of this thing and what we do here with CONNECTED is to actually connect our viewers with real guys in real-time with real experience. And it’s not mumbo-jumbo. These are real people, we’re real guys in the field.

Chris: Well, there’s no mumbo-jumbo here. It like you’ve got to take what you have, make it work. Look at how much time you’re spending, and look how much time…how much your value is per hour.

DJ IZ: Absolutely.

Chris: And put value on yourself and value on your time, and make good music.

DJ IZ: So dope man. By the great words of Chris Lord-Alge, you are now CONNECTED. Catch you next time.

So there you have…yeah, there you have it. I mean, you know, what I really loved about doing that interview, Cloie, is you can tell just by Chris’s posture like this is a dude that don’t…he don’t f around. You know what I’m saying? Like he’s passionate about what he does, but he’s also equipped with the experience and the information. And at end of the day even for him, it’s still about the love. It’s still about the inspiration.

Cloie: And the fun.

DJ IZ: And the fun. You know, and that’s something that…you know, I’m glad we were able to feature in that interview, especially for our viewers who are into the field of recording and engineering, because like he said, at the end of the day there’s rules, and there’s this, and there’s that. But at the end of the day, man, if it feels good, go with that. You know, obviously there’s a difference between what feels good and what’s yuck. So you never want to be on the spectrum of what’s yuck.

Cloie: And sometimes you have to be though, but sometimes when you come up, you have to be.

DJ IZ: Yeah. And so that’s the thing. You know, it’s like still doing it from a very passionate place. And I challenge our viewers to…you know, for those of you who are familiar with Chris Lord-Alge, definitely do your homework on him especially if you’re engineer. I mean, you got to know these cats, because these cats are the masters. They’re the masters. You’re talking Rolling Stones. You’re talking about that whole…like that’s next-level type. And the cat just had so much information, Cloie. I literally could have sat with this dude for about another hour or so, because he was just…he was loaded with so much information.

You know, I think the great thing is being able to take what we do here, Cloie, and constantly and consistently put ourselves around those kind of people that have real experience, real information. I mean, Cloie, we can we can talk about me and you all day and what we do on the daily, but I think it’s so important for us to feature guys like Chris and guys like Edwin who are in the mix on a whole another side that do it every day. And that’s crucial for our viewers and that’s why I think it’s important for you all to keep tuning in, to keep catching us because you’re going to consistently see guys like that at that level who are driving it home every day.

So shout out to Chris, man. It was a pleasure. I’m glad we were actually able to feature that interview on our show for you guys.

Cloie: And you look so cute. You look so cute.

DJ IZ: Oh, thank you sugar. Oh, thank you sugar. So Cloie, so since you feel like I’m cute today, I’m going to let you ride into this next grind opp two for us.

Cloie: Oh, grind opp number two.

DJ IZ: You better tell them.

Cloie: I’m going to tell them. I’m going to tell somebody. Okay, so sorry. Grind opp number two is coming to you from Las Vegas, Nevada. Out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Job is for a live audio maintenance engineer. MGM Resorts is seeking an engineer that is responsible for operating, repairing, and maintaining all audio equipment for the company. Big job. Responsibilities include quality control of all systems in between shows, respond to trouble calls from various departments, maintain daily work logs, and drive company vehicles off property to obtain needed parts and equipment. Candidate will be working in a team of motivated engineers. He or she must stay informed and updated on current techniques and technical methods of audio doing homework.

Candidate must have at least two years of experience in audio, and previous experience with sound design or installation is a plus.

DJ IZ: Now as you were going into these details, Cloie, this is a really detailed oriented job opportunity, which is great. But it really calls for somebody that has experience. And I’m just going to keep it 100. If you want to take advantage of this particular opportunity in the field of recording, you definitely want to have experience. Couple of reasons, you know, you’re talking about quality control of all systems in between shows. So you got to be familiar with these systems. You got to know the ins and outs in case there is problems or downtime. For instance, trouble calls from various departments, so you’ll be dealing with various departments.

This is a really good chance.

Cloie: It’s a big job.

DJ IZ: Yeah, it’s a big job.

Cloie: Also it’s MGM guys in Vegas. That’s not like Mohegan Sun or Morongo. It’s not that.

DJ IZ: So it’s big. Although it is big and it is very technical, it’s also a great gig if you can land it. You know, maintaining daily work logs, drive company vehicles out of property. This sounds like…it sounds like you’re going to be wearing about 7 different hats, 10 different hats. And you got to have…well, the great thing is they do mention you’ve got to have at least two years of experience in audio. So they’re asking for two years just in audio. Not even on the other side which is the technical side and the working with department side, and the presentation side which is you and how to deal with folks. You know, those are definitely things you want to definitely consider prior to taking advantage of this opportunity. Like I said, although it’s a really good opportunity, Cloie.

Cloie: It is.

DJ IZ. You know, it’s MGM.

Cloie: It is not for the faint of heart.

DJ IZ: Right. One of the things they did mention to kind of reiterate what you were saying on the details, Cloie, is they’re looking for somebody that has experience with sound design. So that’s another platform that you definitely want to be able to navigate through. Installation is a plus, they’re saying. So being able to install this gear or various pieces of equipment is a plus. You know, I mean, I definitely would challenge anybody who’s looking at this as an opportunity to really dive in and be able to stand within confidence that you have the information and the experience to tackle this gig, because this can actually be great gig.

You know, Vegas, Nevada and in these environments, Cloie, you’re always working around people that know some other companies or work with other people. And this can easily go very far for anybody looking to take advantage of this. So it’s definitely a great opportunity. Again that’s in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cloie: Viva, Las Veg…

DJ IZ: Las Vegas.

Cloie: Right. Y’all, I have a song for everything. I’ve got a song for everything.

DJ IZ: You do. I love it though. You know, man, I thought I was the only one, but Cloie, I can turn anything into a song.

Cloie: That needs to be an episode right there. I would do a grind opp…a singing version of all grind opps like a boss.

DJ IZ: All right. Moving into grind opp number three. This is in the field of film.

Cloie: Before we do though, [crosstalk 00:25:14].

DJ IZ: We got a surprise. Yes we do. Now we’ve been telling folks to send us your comments. You know, tell us about you, tell us about what you love about this show. Tell us if the information we’re giving is actually applicable, and it’s something that benefits you. So just to reiterate the fact that CONNECTED wants to hear from you, Cloie wants to hear from you, I want to hear from you. We want to be brought up to speed on what it is you do. I don’t care if you’re a musician, songwriter, engineer, actor, editor. You shoot film. You got short films. You got commercials. You’re into broadcasting. You got a radio personality voice, or you’re a chef.

Cloie: You do karaoke.

DJ IZ: And by the way, yes. We are taking in culinary now, so if you’re a chef, you cook, man, send us. Send us.

Cloie: Your food.

DJ IZ: Yes, send us your food. But definitely send us what it is you do, what you love about the show. Man, let us know who you are. Let us know what it is that you’re aspiring to be.

Cloie: And if you have questions, guys, send them now. Send them. You can send them to us [email protected] because we want to hear from you and chat back.

DJ IZ: Right, we definitely want to hear you. So without any further ado, we want to go into our CONNECTED mailbag to highlight some of our viewers of what they sent in in regards to the show. So first one we got is Henry George. And his comment was, “I really want to go to school with CONNECTED. How do I start my externship?” That’s a great question. Next we got Joshua Harvey. “I’ve been writing my own music and rapping it and just need my voice heard.” Okay, I get that. Next one is Desiree. “What are some platforms that can keep engineers, producers, and songwriters up to date with what is going on in the industry?”

Desiree, haven’t you noticed? That’s CONNECTED. That’s what we do. Last not least, I’m going to let you hit this one, because this is a guest we actually featured a music piece today in our intro and outro. So go ahead, Cloie.

Cloie: So this is Cool J. Lo, AKA Jacinta Willis. Shout to Jacinta, she’s watching right now. Hey girl, hey.

DJ IZ: What’s up girl?

Cloie: And she says, “Thank you so such…” She didn’t say so much. I added that. Sorry, I embellished. Thank you for such a great platform of great information, direction and opportunities to get a foot in the door in the arena I strive to gain access to. Mama, you already have access clearly. So thank you for coming up with something so wonderful and that we were able to feature you in the show.

DJ IZ: Yes. Thank you, thank you. And the thing is, too, also…

Cloie: And before we move into the later grind opp is…

DJ IZ: Oh, oh.

Cloie: Get to us at, rrfedu/. You all, I can’t talk, And that’s where you can get the latest information.

DJ IZ: That’s where you can go with this. So really quick, I want to at least answer some of these questions within our mailbag. So Henry George said, “How do I start my externship?” That’s easy. What you can do is go to the You’ll find all the information you need as far as starting your externship. Also catch us here every Monday. Let’s see, what other question do we have? Oh, this was from Desiree. What are some of the platforms that can keep engineers, producers, and songwriters up-to-date with what’s going on in the industry? You can catch that here every Monday. We’re definitely on that with our finger on the pulse of bringing everyone to speed in various platforms.

Whether it’s film, engineering, broadcasting, radio. So definitely keep tuning in with us here. So that’s it for our mailbag, so guys keep sending us questions. Let u1s know…you know, send us your comments, your reviews, what you like. If there’s something you would like a little more information on, definitely keep us in the loop on that and please send it to the links that Cloie just mentioned. All right. So moving along, we’re going to jump into grind opp number three, I believe, which is…

Cloie: Number three.

DJ IZ: …of film. Corporate video film producer, branding agency that specializes in cinematic, scalable filmmaking is seeking freelance producers for several corporate client projects. And this is in Chicago, Illinois.

So here we go. Each project will be ranging from five to eight weeks in length in and out of Chicago. Company will cover expenses and per diems. The position is a heavy client-facing position. As the project lead, the producer is responsible for all communications, client meetings, day of shoot logistics, smooth flow of all operations, and delivery of assets on and off set expected. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have an innate curiosity about people and culture. A background in corporate agency or small shoots is idea. TV and movie experience is less relatable to the company style.

Cloie: Okay, good to know.

DJ IZ: Yeah. So first and foremost, what popped out to me was they’re are very upfront in letting us know, company will cover expenses and per diems, which is really great. I mean, how often do you see that when you’re on set or when you’re filming, Cloie, as far as those things being taken care of?

Cloie: Well, they have to because like in SAG and what not, if they don’t, they’re going to…it’s not going to happen. But the fact that they’re so upfront about it and if…here’s another thing. If you’re asking what a per diem is, this is not the job for you, because there’s a whole bunch of other stuff. But for those of you that don’t know, per diem is the money that you’re given in a day to cover like your day-to-day expenses and they’re required to give that to you. So it’s a very, very common thing, but the fact that they’re laying it out there, this job says to me we need you to show up and be amazing. We’ll take care of everything else.

DJ IZ: Right, exactly. And just going over these details, this is a serious gig.

Cloie: Yes, just like the last one.

DJ IZ: Yes, just like the last one. This might be another great opportunity for you guys who are in this particular field, which is film, to send us a sizzle reel. Something we can look at and maybe help you out with, if you’re not at that point of where you’re totally comfortable with just your catalog of content that you’ve been able to shoot, that’s attached to your resume. Because this one is another one that is very serious, and you definitely want to have some experience prior to diving into this one.

Cloie: You have to.

DJ IZ: You have to, because you’re going to be dealing with clients. You’re the project lead, the producer.

Cloie: Producer.

DJ IZ: Communicational skills, client meetings, day-to-day shoot logistics. All those things, man. And you definitely want to be well equipped to take on this load, because it’s a serious gig. And it’s a gig that obviously can spawn off into other opportunities and other jobs, man. So why not take the best step forward and making sure that you’re actually equipped to handle this. And again, this is another one that’s great for our Recording Connections students.

Cloie: In Film Connection for sure.

DJ IZ: Yeah. So I hope you guys are definitely taking a look at this one. TV and movie experience is less relatable to the company style. So it tells me that they’re really not traditional. What do you think about that one, Cloie?

Cloie: They’re not worried about…great if you’ve worked on Indies. Great if you’ve worked on commercials and like all that kind of stuff. It could help you, but it probably won’t because they’re working with probably a more business-focused approach as opposed to like this creative collaborative sort of thing. If like you need to hit a mark, this is it. Yeah, you’re just going to have to hit a mark. It’s not about the art of the story, it’s just about relaying the information, a very, very linear approach to it I think is what…that is my take away from that. I just think this is a great job.

DJ IZ: Yeah, I know. I do too. I think it’s a serious gig which is great, because even for us here, what we do at CONNECTED, I mean it’s great to offer…it’s great to have a variety of gigs that lend itself to like okay, you know, not really asking for a whole lot of experience. And then you get the gigs that come with okay, we need this. You need to know this. And it just shows a great variety of the type of job opportunities we’re offering to folks, because not everybody’s really equipped to take advantage of these particular jobs with these kinds of details. But there might be something that’s maybe entry-level, mid-level that you can still partake in.

So shout out to the CONNECTED team for bringing these array of opportunities to our show. So thank you guys for that. We’re going to move on into grind opp number four. Before we get into grind opp four, I’m going to let our viewers know to get your Q&A ready, because after going about five, we’re going to dive into our Q&A and let you guys ask us whatever it is you want to know or questions regarding any jobs, or where do I send what to? So get those Q&A questions ready, guys. So grind opp number four, this is in the field of recording, A1 audio operator. Media company focused on culture news seeks audio operator responsible for executing all audio production for news program during live and recorded segments. And this is in New York, New York. Audio operator will be receiving and transmitting live audio feed. Previous experience in related field is a plus. So when they say it’s a plus, it’s a great thing to have. Doesn’t really…

Cloie: Not going to hurt you.

DJ IZ: It’s not going to hurt you, but I would say in any grind opp we bring to the table, definitely have experience. A candidate must have extensive knowledge of signal flow throughout the studio. Candidate will be responsible for maintaining and repairing studio production and film production equipment. So there’s two sides to this, Cloie. So there’s the recording aspect and then there’s the technical aspect.

Recording aspect would be transmitting live audio feed, which can be very…how can I say it?

Cloie: Frustrating.

DJ IZ: Not technical. Yeah, frustrating, but very technical because you’re dealing with…you know, you might be dealing with audio, a live track, a live feed, timing issues. You’re running a lot of cables. So when you talk about signal path, you’re looking at like what could possibly contaminate audio, which could be a hum, which could be a buzz. So when you’re doing these kind of feeds, it’s got to be really like air proof. Like no room for error on this one.

It’s got to be you’re very detailed, very like close to being perfect. So that’s something that you definitely should know by now, because it’s like I said, have experience, yes, you want to have it. And then you get to the technical side, Cloie, which is maintaining and repairing studio production and film production equipment. So you got to have that side too. And whether you’re a technician, you got a little bit of electricianal skills, those are the things you want to think about because when you’re repairing audio and malfunctions, I mean, these are things you got to either open up the box, see what’s going on. See where the buzz is coming from, bad cable.

So that lends itself to an array of things you need to be prepared for and equipped for. So definitely something to think about.

Cloie: Can I say something real quick? Is I just want to say like I am loving these jobs today, because they just do track the barometer, A, of what you just said, the jobs that we offer. And also it’s the perfect point for us in our lives to check in and say, “Hey, it’s great that I’ve come this far and I’ve learned all of these things. Where I need to go? Like what do I need to do to be able to apply for this stuff?” Continue.

DJ IZ: Right. So like I said, this is another great opportunity because you’re dealing with news programming. You’re dealing with live, recorded segments. I mean, it’s an adult city, it’s in New York. So that could be really fun. If we have any viewers already in New York that are in the field of recording and being an audio operator, this is something that you definitely should take advantage of. Definitely…

Cloie: Start spreading that news.

DJ IZ: Yeah, exactly. So another great opportunity for you guys. And that one was in New York, New York. Last but not least, we’re down to grind opp number five. Cloie, if you want to take them out on this last grind opp?

Cloie: Sure. Oh, this brings us home here. It’s for recording studio tech. A company that specializes in recording studio design, equipment sales, and sound integrations is seeking audio engineers for a full-time position, and this is in North Hollywood, California. The primary role will be software installation training, acoustical consultation, installation and system troubleshooting. The position collaborates with the sales team in providing technical services for our clients. Training and certification is offered to all of our system designers and technicians. Ideal candidate would possess some of the following skills.

Implement ideal cable practices, execute cable poles and rack layouts according to design documentation. Ensure test signal flow system functionality. Candidate must have an intermediate to expert level knowledge of Pro Tools, HDX, HD Native, Vienna Ensemble Pro and Logic Installation and a minimum of three references required. Damn.

DJ IZ: And just hearing all of that, Cloie, like honestly, I don’t know how…in this particular field, I don’t know how much more detailed we can even be outside of what these details. I mean, they’ve pretty much laid it out for you folks. I mean, it’s very technical, software-driven, knowing the room. Obviously knowing just kind of what the company’s layout is as far as how they construct their studio and their designing. And then you’re talking equipment sales and system integration. So everything they listed is pretty much dead on as far as an idea of…just have an idea of where you need to be at as it pertains to this particular job.

But, I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory. I mean, this one is very, very detailed. Just looking at the wording. I mean Pro tools, HDS, HD Native, Vienna Ensemble Pro, I mean, Logic Installation. I mean, those are the platforms that are currently going for this particular field right now. And now they’re asking for a minimum of three references. So you definitely…you know, references come with just having experience and working with the right people. So you definitely want to have three like legit references that you can add to this for yourself.

And resume, this is another one that, to me, Cloie, kind of stands out for resume…stands out to have a really great resume for this one.

Cloie: Absolutely.

DJ IZ: And like I said folks, if you guys want to send in a resume and just kind of get our feedback on it in any way we can help you on that. For these type of gigs, I mean that’s definitely crucial and the resume just…you know, you can answer all these questions and all these details really with the information you have on your resume.

Cloie: You sure can.

DJ IZ: You sure I can. So that one to me, Cloie, was pretty self-explanatory on that one. So not much room for me to chime in, because it’s all there.

Cloie: I feel like we should talk to people, because that was pretty self-explanatory.

DJ IZ: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. So guys, that’s our Monday Movement, Movement Monday. However you want to put it. That is our grind opps for this week. So you definitely want to come tomorrow or even come after this show, you definitely want to hit the pavement running. Get these sizzle reels together. Get your resume together. You double think, rethink the information you have, whether it’s adequate for this job. So it’s a lot of things to think about, but we are now moving into my favorite part of the show, Cloie, which is the Q&A. Where we kind of get to talk to some folks. So let’s see. Who do we got with us today, Cloie?

Cloie: All right. So it’s looking like we have Tristan here. Tristan says, “I am the live engineer at my church. What other places or opportunities could I volunteer in or intern in to build references or experience in between jobs?”

DJ IZ: Okay. Well, I think for that, Cloie, I think for starters, I’m not sure where he’s located. But I would say if you’re doing church already, I mean that’s a place where a lot of people do start. I would say kind of look around in your area and see what venues have live entertainment. See who’s around you that you can actually go to, maybe do a walk-through, maybe talk to some engineers that are already engineering for these venues. And kind of just get a feel of the landscape that’s around you and ways you can kind of insert yourself in it. There might be an opportunity where you can go to a venue and kind of just be a fly on the wall. You know, meet an engineer that you say, “Hey, you know, would it be possible for me to kind of just come down one day and kind of just be a fly on the wall and watch you do what you do and just kind of learn?”

Those are those are great techniques and strategies on how to get in, because it’s not really a traditional thing anymore. It’s not…you know, you kind of just got to float around, meet people and go to these venues and see where you can maybe create opportunity. You know, that would be my best way. And also you’re talking about building references. I mean, obviously your church is a reference. But references are going to really come through the environments that you find yourself in working with other folks and working with engineers. That’s where you’re going to find them.

Cloie: And putting yourself out there.

DJ IZ: Yeah, putting yourself out there.

Cloie: I want to highlight something that Chris Lord-Alge said in his interview. And what he’s saying is that you got to step outside of your comfort zone. And oftentimes, Tristan, for things like these where there isn’t a direct path, that’s a perfect opportunity to do that, because here’s the thing. It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission sometimes. And if you do what is it saying and you pop up and you’re like, “Hey, guys. I’m here to add value.” Whatever that means. “You need a coffee, I can get you a coffee.” Or just standing and watching and being the sponge.” Or it’s, “Hey, you need somebody to just hold the cable?” And doing that time and time and time again, and just showing up and being of service will always win out.

DJ IZ: Right. So I hope that helps you, Tristan. Shout out to you for joining us today. Thank you very much. We have another question from Robert Brown. “I’m a sound tech, beat designer, rapper, producer, recording technician, but I have no professional experience. Any experience I have is taught by DIY videos. I also live in a rural area. How do I break my way into a field where I belong?” Okay, so let me look at everything. You do a lot, so you’re sound tech, beat designer, rapper, producer, recording technician, but I have no professional experience.

You know, honestly in those type of fields, I mean the best experience is just the environment you’re already in. I think it’s just about you networking at that point and getting around folks to let them experience your music, your artistry, studios.

Cloie: And using the internet.

DJ IZ: Using the internet. There’s tons…

Cloie: You make your stuff and put it on YouTube.

DJ IZ: There’s tons of platforms on the musical side. I mean, you got Audio Mack, SoundCloud. I mean, there’s a lot that you can take advantage of that will propel you in these different environments even though you’re self-taught. I mean, I’m self-taught. You know what I’m saying? But at the end of the day, you got to turn that information and that know-how into something, and that’s going to come with you being around folks and sharing what it is you do with like-minded folks who also do what you do. But when I look at your question, is how do I break my way into a field where I belong?

I think that’s all perspective and that’s relative to what it is you’re doing, because a field where you belong. I mean, that’s traditional. You know what I’m saying? And a field where you belong just based off what you do is very untraditional because of what you do. So just allow your work ethic, your drive, your creativity to open those doors for you, but you got to get out there. You got to get some foot traction going. You got to utilize the platforms that are already there for you to…

Cloie: Robert says, “Promotion is a musician’s worst enemy.” Why do you say that Robert? Oh, I do want to know because…

DJ IZ: Are you talking about self-promotion? I mean, self-promotion…because honestly the best promotion at the end day is actually your skill and what you’re able to do. Whether it’s you got great music or you’re a great engineer, or you know you’re a good recording technician. I mean, the actual work speaks for itself. So I would say, man, just utilize the platforms that exist to highlight and magnify your abilities. And you’ll find that the relationships and through a period of time of networking, that you’ll find some doors that will open for you. I mean that’s the best way to do it in this day and age, man.

You got to get in there and you got to grind. You got to kick the doors down..

Cloie: And use the internet.

DJ IZ: Use the internet.

Cloie: Because the internet is going to get you faster there. It’s going to get you places faster than you would normally, because you’re not waiting for a call, or waiting for…you’re putting your stuff out there.

DJ IZ: Right, and then we got Desiree. She says, “I really want to thank you for the tip you gave me, DJ IZ, a while back about being your own boss means being the boss of something. Myself and another Recording Connection student are putting together a hip hop show in Nashville with a help of a mentor. Hoping it will be a huge success.”

See, that’s what I’m talking about. So Desiree, at some point, I would actually like to feature this new opportunity and this journey, because that’s inspiring to other viewers. And to me, it just symbolizes a person who’s taking the initiative to make things happen. And who knows where it will go? Whether it’s a success or whether it doesn’t work out. At the end of the day…

Cloie: It’s already a success.

DJ IZ: It’s already a success because you took the initiative and you created an opportunity. So shout out to Desiree. Thank you for…

Cloie: Desiree, who is your mentor?

DJ IZ: Yeah. Let us know who your mentor is, too. That would be dope. And her question is, “Do you all have any tips on promotion and how to best promote events?” Honestly Facebook has a really good platform, because you can create your own events. But utilize anything out there. Obviously social media is great for that. It’s so hard nowadays with having a traditional approach when it comes to events or promoting, because it’s…I would say use the both, utilize both platforms.

Cloie: It’s like you’re doing it yourself. Like if you got to budget and whatever and you’re going to hire an outside company to promote your stuff, great. Also do that, but it’s like if you’re DIYing it and you’re making it happen, use internet y’all. Internet. This is using it for good.

DJ IZ: Yeah. And also Desiree, send us photos of your event, because we’d be happy. The CONNECTED team will be happy to help you to promote and blast it as much as we can, because to me, you’re a success story for CONNECTED. So if there’s any way we can help push that forward and help in any kind of creative way, definitely let us know. Send something. Send us what your show entails. Send us all that information, email it to us because we’d like to really help you there. All right, so shout out to Des for making that happen. Let’s see, do we have anything else, Cloie.

Cloie: We’re just getting so much love. We’re getting so much love. Thank you. Like thank you guys. Just so much love in our chat feed. We appreciate you. Thank you for appreciating us, because we appreciate you. Showing up week after week and making what we do worthwhile.

DJ IZ: Worthwhile, and we have another one that just came in. This is from Omar Paris. Being in a competitive industry, in a competitive City, Los Angeles, where would you recommend a 20-year-old aspiring producer to make connections with people around my age?

Cloie: You can’t be limited by age either.

DJ IZ: Yeah. I think rather than commenting about the age or aspiring producer, because you’re young. You know, at the end of the day, man, there’s a lot of folks making music especially in LA that ranges from 15-year-old all the way up to 40, 50. So at the end of day, man, just network with people who love what they do in music. Just find yourself being in places where you can meet other creators. There’s tons of things going on in LA.

Cloie: Yes.

DJ IZ: Tons of things going on in LA. I don’t know if you’re a member of BMI or ASCAP or CSAG, but a lot of these broadcasting companies have weekly events for songwriters, musicians and producers. So you kind of want to start doing your homework on the actual industry as far as there’s labels that always have something going on. There’s a listening party. You know, find yourself being around creative events and creators that are doing exactly what it is you do, which is making music.

And honestly it’s not hard to do especially in LA. So a lot of folks out here making music and doing what you’re doing. So definitely connect with people. It doesn’t matter what age, doesn’t matter what genre. Just connect with people that are doing what you’re doing. And that should be very easy to knock down here in LA.

Cloie: I think one of the last questions we have is, “What is the ideal length for a demo reel? And is demo reel, show reels, sizzle real, are they all the same thing?”

DJ IZ: Yeah, I would say yeah. Obviously if it’s…I would say if it’s a movie thing, obviously your demo reel should be a little longer, but if you’re just showing more or less impact content meaning content that’s going to grab the viewer right away, those should definitely be real sparse, maybe a minute and 30, maybe two minutes, but something really sparse and dynamic and energetic that allows people to see your capabilities. The style you shoot, how dope you are in your editing, you know, different styles.

Those are things to definitely take into consideration, but always make sure it’s really impactful and exciting, because…

Cloie: And short.

DJ IZ: Yeah, and short. I’ve seen some reels out there that just put me to sleep.

Cloie: So all that. The sizzle reel is like…think of it as if you were a producer and you wanted to shop this one particular project. Sizzle reel is generally geared towards one side [inaudible 00:53:52] hot sizzle because it’s on fire, it’s popping. It’s like highlights, it’s explosions, it’s car flipping, it’s all of that sexy stuff in a very, very tight package.

Sometimes it’s set to music, sometimes whatever, but it’s highlighting usually one particular thing and a project and it’s used for professional purposes.

DJ IZ: Right. Almost think of it as like a sports reel where let’s say it’s Michael Jordan. Any type of one minute clip you’ve seen on Michael Jordan that features his greatest moments throughout his career, they’re always amazing like his dunk, his last buzzer-beater shot. Like things that are impactful and then the visual aspect, just how it was shot, all those things, you want to showcase…

Cloie: Always fast moving.

DJ IZ: …as quickly as you can, always fast moving. Let’s see.

Cloie: I think that’s it.

DJ IZ: I think that’s it for the day.

Cloie: You’re welcome, Omar. Thank you, Omar. Shout to you.

DJ IZ: Thank you, yeah. Shout out to, Omar. Shout out to everyone who tuned in today and had some questions for us. Again, we want to encourage you guys to send us material. I don’t care if it’s music, a resume, a sizzle reel. You got questions, you got comments. Send as much as you can because we want to really be involved with our viewers. And you never know, if it’s a reel, if it’s music, what hands that we can get into for you. So always keep that in mind. Again, you can send that to us at [email protected], our link is

So man, this was a great show, Cloie. I was looking forward to this Monday because we had so much going on and so much to display. Again, shout out to…

Cloie: Jacinta.

DJ IZ: …Jacinta who sent in her music for our opening piece. You’ll hear it again as we close out. So keep sending us in those pieces. We want to continue to feature creators, musicians, songwriters. So definitely keep sending us in your music, guys. We love it. Shout out to our CONNECTED team, Cloie, who constantly make it possible for us to do this every week. Mike, Howie, Brian, Jay, Chevy. Thank you guys. We couldn’t do this without you guys. And I’m looking forward to my week. I got a long, long week along. A lot of meetings, a lot of places to be. I know you got the same, Cloie.

Cloie: I do.

DJ IZ: And it’s always a pleasure having my co-pilot here with me everyone Monday, because I always get to look at her beautiful face every Monday.

Cloie: Thank you.

DJ IZ: And we get to hang out and have fun with you guys. For the most part, I hope we’ve been very informational and very career-driven for you guys in offering these platforms and these opportunities. So again guys, this is show 31. Next week will be show 32. So the job opportunities for us on the number side are just consistently moving up, 155.

Cloie: Thank you.

DJ IZ: I think we’re at 155. And next week we’ll be at 160. So guy, we’re doing it in real time and that’s what we do here at CONNECTED. All right? So shout out to you guys for joining us again. We look forward to seeing you next week, man. I’m DJ IZ. It’s been great.

Cloie: I’m Cloie Wyatt Taylor.

DJ IZ: And we will see you next week here on CONNECTED for episode number 32. We love you all, peace. Have a great week. Monday Movement. Get out there and grind. We’re out.

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