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Show #38 | Los Angeles
Guest: Thomas Lang
Nov 14, 2016

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



Sound Mixer

Industry: Recording

Location: Madisonville, KY


Digital media company and news satire organization seeking a sound mixer that will be responsible for mixing daily and weekly video content.




Sound Board Operator

Industry: Recording

Location: Baton Rouge, LA


Community theatre seeking FOH engineer for concerts, plays, and conferences.




Video Editor

Industry: Film

Location: Birmingham, AL


Independent producer seeking video editor for independent client needs.




Part Time Stage Tech

Industry: Recording

Location: Orlando, FL


Walt Disney Entertainment is seeking stage technicians for live entertainment throughout Walt Disney World® Resorts. Stage shows to parades and special events, the Stage Technician team brings magic to life through innovation, continual training and cutting edge technology.




Newscast Director

Industry: Film

Location: Portland, ME


Local news station seeking a director that will direct assigned newscasts and productions.




Artist Digital Marketing

Industry: Recording

Location: New York, NY


Startup media company is seeking an Artist Marketing Representative that will be responsible for representing artists.




Lead Cook / Short Order Cook

Industry: Culinary

Location: Rockwall, TX


The Lead / Short Order Cook needed will be working under the guidance of the Club Manager.




Paid Video Production Internship

Industry: Film

Location: Minneapolis, MN


Production company specializing in docu-narrative short films, branded content videos, medical testimonial videos, and corporate videos seeking a video production intern.




Pastry Assistant

Industry: Culinary

Location: San Francisco, CA


High demand catering company seeking a Pastry Assistant that can thrive in a busy production environment.




Radio Talk Show Producer (Part Time)

Industry: Radio

Location: Stanford, CA


Independent multimedia company seeking a radio talk show producer for a talk show. Coordinate and oversee remote broadcast set up including line connection, mic levels, production notes, guest prep and talent needs.



Cloie: Are we live?

DJ IZ: Indirect.

Cloie: It’s happening right now?

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DJ IZ: I’m still grooving. I’m still grooving.

Cloie: Groove.

DJ IZ: I’m still moving. What’s up, y’all? I’m DJ IZ. Welcome to Connected Show #38. I’m your host, DJ IZ. I’m here hanging out with my lovely girl, miss Cloie. Say what’s up? Look at that smile.

Cloie: Hey, guys. Happy Monday. What? This whole thing?

DJ IZ: You so fancy. Me so fancy. So we haven’t talked since election.

Cloie: The world should win.

DJ IZ: And here we are, Connected Monday morning, and Donald Trump is our president.

Cloie: Shit.

DJ IZ: And that’s all I’m going to say. But for those of you who are just tuning in, thank you for showing up here with us on Monday, every Monday here at Connected.

Cloie: Hey, guys.

DJ IZ: And we might have some new folks joining us today, Cloie. Can you give them a quick rundown on what we do here every Monday on Connected?

Cloie: Guys, welcome, welcome, welcome to the Hangout. What we’re basically doing is hooking you up with some jobs, getting you connected with jobs in film, in recording, in culinary, in that world. That’s why we call it “Connected” so we can get you locked in. Every week we’re giving away five new jobs on our show and now, as few weeks ago, we’re giving away five additional jobs on our website. And in the meantime, we talk and play and have fun because, you know, that’s what we do.

DJ IZ: That’s what we do, Cloie. And you know, the cool thing, too, is it’s important for our viewers to know that these jobs can be only be found here on our show and our website. And these are jobs that are pretty, I can honestly say, Cloie, they’re incredible jobs. I mean, whether it’s a film job, whether it’s a job for engineering, whether it’s a job for radio, they’re pretty incredible jobs. And I’m saying, everybody, if you look Cloie, you could see who is checking in with us today saying hi. What’s up, Kirika [SP], Manolo?

Cloie: Good morning.

DJ IZ: Thank you, guys, for tuning in. And you know, also along with the jobs, Cloie, this is a show where we get to educate and mentor. And my favorite part of the show is our Q and A because it allows us to really talk to our viewers and they bounce their questions off of us. This is also a hub, this is also a great hub for those of you who want to send in your resumes, your sizzle reels where we could help mold and sculpt these things with you that are really important items in the workplace that you got to have. It’s imperative.

Cloie: Bonjour, Desiree, bonjour.

DJ IZ: Bonjour, Desiree. Thank you for joining us. And for those of you who are hitting the Monday hard, which you grind, be sure to hashtag Monday Movement because that’s what we’re doing here. We’re bringing you opportunity and a platform that allows you to really dive and also execute. One of the things we definitely don’t stand for on this show is underperforming.

Cloie: Uh-uh. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

DJ IZ: Nobody’s got time for that. But we’ll get to that later. So, man, I’m happy to see you, Cloie. I mean, every Monday I’m just like, “Okay, I get to see Cloie. We get to hang out.”

Cloie: Really? Yeah, me too. We’re going to hang out for Thanksgiving, too, for a minute.

DJ IZ: Absolutely, absolutely. How was your week, Cloie? What do you have going on?

Cloie: So many things, guys. So many things. I’m going to be…I’ve been in rehearsals for a show that’s opening soon, “Little Drummer Bowie.” It’s an homage and a parody using the music of David Bowie run by this company called the Troubadour Theater Company aka the Troubies. And they’re legendary. Garry Marshall’s company that he…the late Garry Marshall had a hand in founding. He was very instrumental in putting shows up. So that, and then I’m prepping to shoot something on Wednesday for a project called “Think and Go Rich” based on the book.

DJ IZ: A book.

Cloie: Something amazing. And just hustling, auditioning, call backing and feeling so grateful and reminding myself that gratitude is real and it gets you everywhere.

DJ IZ: You know what’s crazy? When you think about it, Cloie, when you’re really on your shit, it’s like it never stops. The days where you got to be here, then you got to be there, then you get back at this crunch. When you’re really doing it, when you’re really on your grind, you’ll notice that you really don’t have a whole lot of time to just hang and do nothing. It’s that everyday struggle, and that’s why I think it’s important, that’s why I like to dive in your week with you, Cloie, because I know you have so much going on everyday, and I think it’s beneficial for our viewers to hear that. Because sometimes you can get overwhelmed and then you get like, “Man, I just don’t. ” Yeah.

Cloie: Wait, so here’s another thing. And this may be for a different show, but let’s talk about…I feel like it’s a valid thing. This is totally a show topic, the hamster wheel, right? Because there’s a difference between being busy and being productive. And we as hustlers are the first people to get sucked in to that hamster wheel, and that hamster wheel does not serve. So I’ll put that on the burner for that could be…

DJ IZ: Let’s put that on the burner because that’s a real…

Cloie: Make a note. That stress. Stress, like a whole thing about stress, yes.

DJ IZ: Right. So there you go, guys. I mean, that’s just a little insight. Shout out to my man, Katz, who is actually on a gig, but is still making it a point to be connected. What I love about Katz is he’s been so faithful to our show. And I’m not going to say anymore. But also, too, shout out to Cool Jay Love Music. We’re still rocking with her joint as our opening and closing music for the show, and also which reminds me to let you guys know, if you got music, send it on through. We’d love to feature you. If you got sizzle reels, send it on through. There’s a lot of connectivity that we have within our reach, and we’re always looking to plug our faithfuls in, man. So make sure you take part in that and stick around, too, because we got something great for you later in the show. Make sure you send…

Cloie: Yes, just send us your stuff. Yes, in here.

DJ IZ: In here. So if you’re trying to get at us, you can also always find the set You want to hit them with our email address, Cloie, for for those that want to send in stuff?

Cloie: Sure, absolutely. Like Kirika sent us a question in this week, which we’re going to get to you in a little bit, and you send all of that stuff, your music, all of that to [email protected]. I repeat, [email protected]. We want to hear from you. We love, love, love to connect.

DJ IZ: Absolutely, and don’t forget for those of you who are on the go like my man, Katz, you can also catch us on our Google Play, and our iTunes podcast where it’s audio, but if you’re on your web and you need…hey, man, we’re there. So definitely, definitely check in. What’s up, George? He says this is his first time watching, okay. You checked in at the right time, man, because we’re getting ready to dive into our jobs and our grind opps. Cloie, let’s let them know what they need to have in place before we dive into this crucial information.

Cloie: It’s super hard, guys, but you’re going to need to something to write with.

DJ IZ: That’s right. Super hard.

Cloie: Super hard. Something to write on, and then also something to do…or perhaps you are more technologically savvy, I’m going to say get your phone here. Mine has Batwoman on it. And you’re texting some. So that’s what we’re doing. Broompa [SP]. Hi. Hi, Broompa. Are we saying that right, Broompa? Broompa, welcome to you, first timer.

DJ IZ: Yes, there’s first timers. What’s up, Desiree? She’s another faithful. I guess she loves you, Cloie. OMG, you are a goddess. That… What’s up, Des?

Cloie: Thank you, Desiree. Hamster wheel is real.

DJ IZ: Yeah, and also, too, for our viewers, if you guys have friends that are looking to pursue careers in these various fields, man, let them know about the show. Let them know how real it is. And there’s definitely something here for everybody that’s into those different aspects and career paths. So without any further ado, we’re going to jump into our grind opps, which is a great, exciting piece of our show and what we do here.

So here we go, first grind opp of Monday is in the field of recording. This is a sound mixer. This is a digital media company and news satire organization seeks sound mixer for mixing daily and weekly content. This is in Madisonville, Kentucky. All right? Again, this is in Madisonville, Kentucky. I think this is a first for us here in Kentucky.

Cloie: I think so, too.

DJ IZ: So here we go. Candidate will also be responsible for going on location to record production sound as well as voiceover sessions. Candidate must have experience in using ProTools and 5.1 mixing understanding. Candidate must have experience using Foley recording techniques. Must be able to write independently and be able to meet deadlines.

So we got a lot of faithful viewers here, and you guys can attest to how we feel about being able to meet deadlines and work with a variety of people and different personalities. So that’s super crucial within this grind opp. Also, too, they’re asking that you definitely have experience in ProTools and 5.1 surround sound mixing, which is a very specific request because you’re going to be mixing. So they want to have that experience with surround sound. And you’ll also be responsible for going on locations. So you got to be mobile, you got to be able to move. One of the things I’m curious about this particular grind opp is they don’t mention the equipment or the gear. So I’m not sure if this is a thing where you if you’re looking to partake in this grind opp, if you need to have your own gear. They just saying…

Cloie: I see your point.

DJ IZ: Yeah. You just got to be able to mobile because they’re saying it’s location record production and sound as well as voiceover sessions. So they might have it, but it’s a good thing to just make sure on your end, guys, that you got some kind of gear in place and that you’re familiar with the gear that’s being used in these environments. So you’ll be…

Cloie: I love that they mentioned Foley, too. I have always loved just like to watch the whole Foley thing go down.

DJ IZ: Right. This is something…yeah, exactly. This is something you’ll be doing daily. So you’ll be mixing daily, and you’ll be doing weekly video content. Okay? And this is something you’ll be responsible for. So this is something you have to actually be accountable to and put together. So we all know that some folks ain’t quite great at managing or have structure. So I would say anybody who’s looking to fill out the app for this gig, man, make sure you have those characteristics well embedded in you. Okay?

Cloie: Also, I also want to say we as artists, we also tend to hide behind the wheel. I’m an artist, and that time just doesn’t exist, except it still does. An organization can still exist even in the artistic bubble. It can still…

DJ IZ: Totally, totally. Some of the gotta learn real quick if you don’t have it. So that is grind opp one for today. Again, that’s in Madisonville, Kentucky.

So before we jump into grind opp two, we have another guest we’re going to feature, which is a friend of mine that I got to hang with a little bit. His name is Thomas Lang. He’s worked with an array of people from Glenn Hughes, Tina Turner.

Cloie: George Michael, the Commodores.

DJ IZ: James Ingram [SP], Mick Jones, the Commodores, George Michael. I mean, the dude is a real catch. So I got a chance to hang with him, pick his brain a little at the Nam [SP] this year. And something I want to show you guys. Again, this is Thomas Lang. Let’s roll to the clip. Check it out, y’all.

What’s up y’all? This is IZ. I’m with Connected. And man, another blessed opportunity to be standing here with an amazing drummer. Talk to me a little bit more about your process and playing and playing on records or playing in a live gig.

Thomas: Well, just like you said and pointed out, a pocket is really number one. It’s the most important thing and it’s really the essence of what a drummer should do. So one thing that I really pay a lot of attention to is feel the pocket, making…and really laying down a really solid beat. Whenever I’m working, producing, writing, for me as a drummer, the beat, the rhythm, the groove, the feel, it’s everything.

DJ IZ: That’s everything.

Thomas: And everything hinges on that. And I’m sure you know, when the beat feels right, everybody’s nodding along.

DJ IZ: Exactly, you feel something, and as a drummer and listening to you do your thing, it’s like you hear it right away. Right?

Thomas: Exactly.

DJ IZ: I’ve heard a thousand drummers. I’ve heard so many, but when somebody’s hitting that groove and that pocket, it’s like you stop and you’re like, man, that shit is dope.

Thomas: Exactly. Yes, time stops.

DJ IZ: Yeah. Time stops. And just the experience you’ve had, man, what are some of the things you as a drummer, you would do in a live setting versus playing on a record or in the studio, and the micing process. Tell me all those different things.

Thomas: Well, I mean, obviously, in a live situation, there’s a lot of factors you can’t really control, as well as in a studio and in your very familiar environment. So you have to deal a lot more bleed on stage, which affects gates on the kit. I mean, if you have 20 mics, a hut [SP] on a large drum set, you have to really make sure you work with phasing problems, overheads. That’s a really big problem usually.

Also if you have internal and external micing on the kit, to make sure that the phasing is right, and that it’s out phase. Bleed, you use gates a lot more in a live situation than in the studio, but other than that from the playing point of view, I approach it at the same way. I make sure that it feels great, that everybody can hear what I do really well, that I speak, as sort of saying, very clearly on the kick and that you play the room. That’s the really important thing, that you play the stage or the size of the room and adjust your volume and the power to the size of the room. And make sure that you always listen to everybody else, I think.

DJ IZ: Right. That’s really crucial information. And even for the new generations of drummers coming up, how important is it knowing how to tune your instrument? Knowing just the sonics what the kit should sound like for a certain record or a certain sound or a certain thing you’re going for, how important is it?

Thomas: It’s really important. I mean, there’s really no rule to that because obviously it’s also important to be creative and completely disregard history and write a new chapter and try new things, but I think in order to learn your craft, you have to listen to a huge a of music and analyze the tuning, sound, the micing, the effects, etc., on records ad recordings. Analyze that, try to recreate it to really learn how to use your equipment and learn, and understand what works in certain styles of music and what really supports a specific style of feel or groove, sound wise. If you listen to some Janet Jackson records with those like super gated snare. Drums is so bad. It’s just so aggressive, and has a certain feel to it. Or if you listen to Phil Collins, his tom-toms, you know, and some of the ’80s recordings, you have to know how to create that sound and recreate it. And once you know and have a great vocabulary in terms of creating sounds and making things sound and feel a certain way, then I think, it’s like playing an instrument, then it’s time to develop your own style and try and create something new and just create it.

DJ IZ: What you do is a huge inspiration to a lot of kids that want to do and be who you are.

Thomas: Thank you very much.

DJ IZ: And it’s a great role in that, man, and just the information you’re able to share, man. So thanks for being connected, man.

Thomas: Thank you so much. Thanks for having me on the show.

DJ IZ: All right. Catch y’all later. Peace.

Cloie: What a lovely human being. He’s a lovely, lovely human being.

DJ IZ: Yeah. And that was a fun interview for me because I started off as a drummer, Cloie, so when we get to hang out with like other fellow drummers, I’m like…that conversation could’ve gone off for hours. When drummers get together, man, we just, “Oh, man, have you played this or this snare? And what about this?” Every drummer has a different thing that they do and that they’re great at, and you’ll be surprised how many drummers don’t know how to tune their drums. They don’t know how to tune their drums. And if you look at drums, like back in the days, like in the ’60s and ’70s, I mean to get a sound, like people would set their wallet on them. They’d used duct tape. They’d used old tissue.

Cloie: Anything. I’ve seen that. I’ve seen that.

DJ IZ: Yeah. Right? Anything.

Cloie: I thought they were broken.

DJ IZ: Right. Yeah. So anything to get a really unique sound. I mean, those are the things you play with. And what I loved about him and what he said was that there’s also a point where you…it’s okay to create a new chapter. You know I’m saying? But it’s very much important to still know those that came before you and know a variety of music. And that’s great, I think, for this younger generation of musicians is that, man, yeah, let’s write a new chapter. Now we all know the difference between what’s different and good yuck, and what’s different and good that’s good.

Cloie: Life lessons, life lessons.

DJ IZ: Yeah, absolutely

Cloie: Let’s write a new chapter.

DJ IZ: Shout out to Thomas Lang for hanging with us, man, and allowing us to…

Cloie: He always…to mention, his boot camp, because he’s doing a boot camp. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, November 20th to the 22nd in Thousand Oaks, Thomas Lang is conducting a drumming boot camp. And if you all want more information on that, you can visit And the guys will throw that up in the feed. I guess now they have throw up in the feed because I just put them on blast. Oh, they do. You’re putting it out in the feed, right? You will do that?

DJ IZ: Oh, yeah, guys, make sure… And it could be a cool thing for any musician really but, yeah, make sure you definitely check that boot camp. I mean, for those kind of things, you definitely want to be able to attend those kind of things because there’s a lot of one-on-one connection and you can get some Q and A going, you can get some questions. And he’ll be there right with you. So again, that’s November 20th to the 22nd in Thousand Oaks. So please do check that out.

And without any further ado, we’re going to jump into grind opp number two of the day.

Cloie: We’re just holding down the Southern contingent of grind opps today. We got a strong Southern love showing.

DJ IZ: Yeah. That’s crazy, right? They’re here, folks. This is in the field of recording. What’s that, Cloie? Like a boss?

Cloie: Just my like a boss cup that I always drink out of. How do you live life? Like a boss.

DJ IZ: Like a boss. Well, that’s the goal. That is the goal. So here we go, this is grind opp number two. This is in the field of recording. Sound board operator. Community theater seeking front of house engineer for concerts, plays, and conferences. This is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Here we go, engineer will be responsible for working with production departments to facilitate sound production needs during technical rehearsals and during the run of the show. Operator will be responsible for live bands, computer playback during conferences, recording and back up of show production files. Candidate must have knowledge of basic theatrical directions and terms. Engineer must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Well here’s what I like about this, Cloie. For any house engineer who is watching right now, definitely knows what all that means.

Cloie: All of it?

DJ IZ:Mhmm. If you don’t know what that means and you’re tuning in, and you claim to be an engineer front of house, you need a little more homework under your belt. You need a little more experience.

Cloie: I know what that stuff means.

DJ IZ: All right? But it’s a great opportunity. I mean for those of you who are in Baton Rouge, it sounds like a pretty solid company, and it’s a theater company so that could be a real fun experience. Would you equate this like theater or whatever to your road, Cloie, and what you do?

Cloie: For sure. I think this is a perfect grind opp for two worlds overlap.

DJ IZ: Right, yes.

Cloie: In terms of appreciation and what have you because you figure like community theater. I’m going to try it again, community theater. The layout’s going to be the same and in terms of terminology to execute the stuff for the concerts and play, there’s still stage, left stage, up, down, all like that. But now you’re going to layer in all the audio stuff, and the fact that this venue does so many things, you got to be able to adjust your sound based on the needs of whatever’s happening there. The sound for a play is not going to be the sound same as a concert. Plays have sound effects. They got this, they got that. You’re talking about actors and mics and all of that. Concert is its own thing, and then a conference, that’s its own other thing altogether. So jack-of-all-trades, and just how to adjust on the fly.

DJ IZ: Right, and also, too, I think a crucial detail for this one is knowledge of basic theatrical terms. And I’m sure in this environment, they might be completely different, but to be able to be up in speed on those things, you definitely want to have that already locked in.

Cloie: If you don’t know what upstage is, if you don’t know why it’s called upstage and what upstage is, you might use a lesson or two before applying for this particular job.

DJ IZ: And also, too, if you are experienced in this particular environment and setting, by all means apply for it. Let’s put together a really great resume that showcases your experience. And like I said, we can definitely help you guys there. It’s just a matter of us being able to take a look at what you have and what you have put together and maybe reconfigure, and maybe we can shot, and make sure the really important meat and potatoes of those things are in that resume. But definitely it sounds like really…Cloie, I love Louisiana. By the way, Cloie. I love it there.

Cloie: Do you?

DJ IZ: Yeah.

Cloie: I’ve only been once. It’s for a wedding for the first time in June. The other thing I want to say real quick about this grind, shout out to Louisiana. I hear your food is awesome. I only had liquid dinners so I don’t really know. The… You can laugh, IZ. I said liquid dinner. I said liquid dinner. In other words, hurricanes and daiquiri. The other great thing about the fact that this is a community theater is that oftentimes with community theater, you get a sense of heart that you don’t necessarily get on the professional side of it, because it’s the difference between pro-ball and college ball. Does that make sense?

DJ IZ: Absolutely, absolutely.

Cloie: Like the heart is there, for sure.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. Also, too, there’s a lot of Q and A that’s coming up on our chat. So I want to let folks know that we definitely get to the Q and A after our five grind opps. So please don’t think we’re avoiding your questions. Trust me, we would definitely answer your questions. Shout out to Ken, we got another first timer. Thank you for tuning in, man.

So Cloie, I’m going to let you tackle down our next grind opp, if you will.

Cloie: Love it, love it. So this next grind opp is coming to us from the world of film. It is a video editor. An independent producer is seeking video editor for independent client needs and this is in Birmingham, Alabama.

Clients materials include corporate social media clips, web series videos, weddings, etc. Video editor will be responsible for delivering a cohesive product that satisfies the client’s expectations. Candidate must be proficient with either Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro. Candidate must have a real prepared and explain past work. Bam.

So basically, you’re a right-hand man. You’re like the executor of the producer. You’re the right-hand man.

DJ IZ: I think too, also Cloie, we’re just looking at these specific details, I think this is another grind opp that is perfect for our folks who are in video and film to get a resume to us and let us help you fill this out. And shout out to our good friend, Edwin, who definitely can look at these materials and know whether or not you’re even in the ballpark. But because these are very specific details, I think you should definitely engage with us on those details of the resume. And just the experience, we want to help you make sure that you actually have those things in place for this kind of grind opp because it’s a really good opportunity, and it’s one of those things where whether it’s Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier, you want to be able to display the best of your work that allows these folks to see that you’re definitely qualified for the job.

Cloie: Absolutely.

DJ IZ: So definitely a great grind opp opportunity there. We’re going to move into our next grind opp.

Cloie: Wait, but before we do though, we got something to say.

DJ IZ: We do. Thanks for…man, what would I do without you, Cloie? Look at that smile. Like I want my viewers to really just look at that. Look at that smile.

Cloie: That was my pageant, my pageant thing.

DJ IZ: So we want to take this time to acknowledge one of our day one viewers, one of our OG viewers since show number one. This is my man, Katz, who has been tuning in, who has been a faithful. It doesn’t matter if he’s on a job site right now, the man is still tuning in. And we want to give him something from our treasure chest. He had a post that he posted on Instagram… And the dude’s been checking since the day one, Cloie. I mean, what can we say? So we have something from the chest that we want to give him.

So with that, I have this Q8 recorder that I want to give my man, Katz, because he’s in the field of film so I want to give this to him. This is a company that we work with and that loves what we’re doing here. And it’s a company called Zoom, and they specialize in high-end audio products for film, music and various things. And honestly, I actually use this camera to shoot a couple of pieces on the product that we had coming out. And what you’ll love about it, Katz, is that not only does it shoot well as far the clarity in picture, but it takes in audio incredibly well. So the Connected team would like to give that to you, man, for being here faithfully since day one, who stays engaged with us, and it’s just that we want to do it for you, man. So shout out to you, my man Katz, for tuning in and being faithful here, man. That’s for you, buddy.

Cloie: Everybody loves presents.

DJ IZ: So we got special video pieces for you, Katz. Special video.

Cloie: Lots of teasers.

DJ IZ: Yeah, teasers. So we’re going to move into now, Cloie, grind opp number four and this is in recording. This is a part time stage tech. Man, Walt Disney…

Cloie: Is all you need to say.

DJ IZ: That’s all I needed to say. Walt Disney is seeking stage technicians for live entertainment throughout Walt Disney World and Resorts. Cloie, me and you should sign up for this job.

Cloie: I mean, here’s the thing. Disney is no joke. I don’t know how clear…I can’t say that any clearer. Disney, they don’t play.

DJ IZ: Yeah, they don’t. So here we go. Walt Disney is seeking stage technicians for live entertainment throughout Walt Disney Resorts. And this is, of course, in Orlando, Florida. Candidate must have full availability on Saturday and Sunday. I don’t… It’s Walt Disney, sign me up on there. Plus full availability on either Friday or Monday. And also, too, stage technicians terms, they’re looking for a team that brings magic to life through innovation, continual training and cutting0edge technology. So that’s what you’re looking for, and these are stage shows, parades, and special events.

Proven technical experience in live entertainment and at least one of the following disciplines: digital audio and sound reinforcement, lighting with conventional and moving light operation, video engineering, projection mapping, and rigging. It’s a lot of details there, folks. Proven ability to operate program, troubleshoot, and maintain equipment for theatrical and live entertainment venues. Includes understanding of electrical circuitry. Candidate must have at least one year of live sound experience, and by God, it means, why, you better have some experience for this.

Cloie: Proven ability.

DJ IZ: Proven ability. And it says part-time but this an opportunity that can well grow into a full time gig, and you’re going to meet tons of people in this environment. So those connections I’m sure will definitely have some long terms benefits for you. Anything else Cloie? There’s a lot of details. It’s one of the reason why we stress to definitely take notes on these details because you’re talking your movie light operation, video engineering, projection mapping, rigging. It’s a lot of things here, and I think again, this is another grind opp that having a resume in places definitely…

Cloie: You have to.

DJ IZ: Have to.

Cloie: And not just a resume. A kick ass resume is what you need for this. No this is probably one of the most detailed grind opps that I’ve seen in terms of what they are looking for. There’s no question that I have or that I would have looking at this. It’s like I either know this stuff or I don’t.

DJ IZ: Right, absolutely. And again, this is stage shows, parades and special events.

Cloie: They’re big.

DJ IZ: Not just sounds.

Cloie: Right?

DJ IZ: Oh, sign me up.

Cloie: This is Disney World.

DJ IZ: Disney World, and they’re asking, again, for at least a year of experience. So let’s get those resumes in. Let’s start molding and help shaping your experience that at the end of the day, best tell your story for this particular grind opp.

Cloie: Shout out to Hamilton, who will tell your story. No?

DJ IZ: That’s great, Cloie. I loved it. I love it man. Cloie sings. For those of you who don’t know Cloie can blow. All right like she can sing. Let me take out the “I” in sing and put an “A” because it’s more like sang.

Cloie: Thank you. Stop it.

DJ IZ: I’m going to let you top off our last grind opp, with grind opp five of the day, and keep in mind folks we have five additional grind opps on our site so be sure to check that out. Yeah so Cloie, here we go.

Cloie: Four sure. Okay, so grind opp number five is coming to us from the world of film. It is for a newscast director. A local news station is seeking a director that will direct, assign a newscast and productions. And this is Portland, Maine. Local news station, we said that. Experience using Adobe software required. He or she will be responsible for creating graphics using Photoshop. Director will also be responsible for training production crew in cameras, audio, and graphics. Managing experience is a plus as the director will be supervising production crew. Must be able to lift equipment up to 40 pounds. Bam.

DJ IZ: Bam.

Cloie: So?

DJ IZ: Be fit.

Cloie: Correct. Be technical and be able to communicate. Be fit, be technical, and able to communicate. Able to communicate.

DJ IZ: Connected work out videos coming soon.

Cloie: Oh my God. That will be next door to the bakery.

DJ IZ: Oh yeah. That’s right. So we’ll get back to the details on this but since you mentioned bakery. So for any of our inspiring chefs, cooks, bakers, Connected, we now have a bakery coming up soon. That will be located in Rancho Cucamonga. So I love to see… We got bakers out there, stop on by. I have more information for you by next week. We’re looking to be open right before Thanksgiving for all our bakers and culinary chefs. So back to the details of grind opp number five. Is there anything else we need to reiterate on this one, Cloie? Is there anything else you see…?

Cloie: No, I think these are things that hit is like… I think the most important thing for this one, it’s all important, but the communication factor because they actively…yeah.

DJ IZ: There’s a leadership component to this. I mean, it says director will also be responsible for training production crew in cameras, audio, and graphics. So that’s definitely a leadership role, which we definitely we all know requires a certain personality and be able to delegate, work with people and execute at the end of the day.

Cloie: And also to take the knowledge that you have and be able to translate it so other people… Because you can know all you want to in a day and that’s great and please you can do your job, and lift the rig, but if you’re not able to take those ideas, and make them so that they are translatable and that to another person, then that’s not. This is not you.

DJ IZ: Right, right. So that is grind opp five for the day folks. Do not forget to apply for these jobs through our link into our website. Again, it’s important for us to stress to you guys that you’re not going to find these jobs anywhere else. They’re only here within this platform. So that’s something that allows us to offer some unique and special to our viewers.

Cloie: Yes, if you haven’t signed up already please make sure that you have signed up at because that’s where all the jobs are coming. That’s where you can be watching this live, like our official power bar recording connection version of this whole show integrated. It’s all there. And of course we are across all social media.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. By the way, Cloie, let’s them know where they can track our day-to-day movement on our various social media platforms.

Cloie: Right, so you can find us everywhere @IZconnected. That’s Facebook, that’s the Twitter machine. That’s the Instagram. All @IZconnected, right? We are also Facebook live and so many other places, but that’s where you can track us on the day-to-day. If you want to look for me on my own social media. I’m @alwayscloie. I don’t do the Facebook when I can avoid it, but Instagram is my fave, but that’s always C as in cat, L-O-I-E, like Edward.

DJ IZ: Nice. You’re such a pro. You are such a pro. So Cloie, we got a lot of folks in our chat. We got a lot of questions going on. Shout out to Henry who says he’s watching live from West Africa. So Monday, made it a point. I don’t even know what time it is right now over there, but he made it a point to check in with us. So shout out to Henry for checking in. We got a lot of folks who are bouncing questions off each other. This is great because I love to see when our viewers engage like that and to me that’s what brings the live aspect and component to our show that we do here. So let’s see if we can knock out some of these questions. Let’s see here.

Cloie: Actually, you know what while you’re looking for questions. I’m going to start out with the question that was submitted to us from Kirika Belk who is in…she’s getting started in the world of acting and she sent us some head shots and a reference letter, and she wanted to know about…she says, “Just want to get some insight if possible help for the acting film industry. Need assistance with creating a small reel of myself doing a monologue and a few sides. Boom. Right?

DJ IZ: Bam.

Cloie: And she sent us photos and what have you. So Kirika for you, first of all I hope I’m saying your name right. Kirika. Please, correct if wrong. One of the places that I wanted to send you to, in terms of helping to create a demo reel, if you’re in the LA area, which I believe you said you are. But there’s a place called, S-P-E-E-D-R-E-E-L-S dot com, and I think they’re going to throw it up in the website. But it’s a place where you can go. And they’ve got them all over where they’ve got the lights, the background, everything setup so that you can literally just tape and they’ll give you a reader. So you have footage to begin to build a reel because that’s the whole point of having reel that you do have to have footage right because we all got to start somewhere.

I will also suggest, and I think I mentioned this before, to connect with student films or if you have writer friends that can write something short for you that you can also cut in with that. Does that make sense? Because monologue is great, and if you have other things to supplement that, you use what you have to get what you want. And if you got a monologue, great. Make it the best damn monologue, get somebody to put it on tape for you, and get it to the edited so that it looks beautiful. That was one. Two, in the field of resume you sent us a letter of…a reference letter which is great, but let’s see about what we can do to get you an actual resume because think about it. You submit your photo with your resume on the back. That’s what people want to see. A list of real short and concise special skills that you have, productions that you work with, the part that you played, be it lead, co-star, guest star, whatever, and who directed it. That’s what they want to see, and of course if you are union or non-union. So that’s all in a nutshell. Hopefully, some of that is helpful to you.

DJ IZ: Bam. That was a lot of juicy information. Lot of juicy…

Cloie: [inaudible 00:41:46]

DJ IZ: So moving on, we have a question in from Ken. He says, “What advice do you have to find jobs in the Atlanta area. I’ve obtained a BFA in audio production, and I’m currently in Las Vegas. Here’s what’s interesting, I mean, through the course of our shows, Ken, we’ve had a lot of jobs in Atlanta and in Vegas. So I think you know maybe what you can do, which can be cool, you can go to our website where we have all of our jobs posted and find the jobs that were in Atlanta and Las Vegas, and let’s do a follow up to see if anybody was hired in those particular fields.

I think having to be a fan of audio is incredibly, that’s a great thing to also add in addition to your resume, if you haven’t already. But let’s find some for you man. I mean, we had tons of jobs in Vegas and in Atlanta so this’ll definitely help you find some jobs because I know your question was any advice on how to find jobs in these areas, and we definitely had jobs in those areas. So let’s make it a point to follow up on that with you if we can. Shoot us an email, and let’s stay proactive with this particular question.

Let’s see, what else do we have?

Cloie: So many, this says Christine Washington says, “How do you go about being a DJ? I think you’re going to start with that by getting some type of experience in the music scene?”

DJ IZ: Well, I will first say first be a lover of music. I would say it sounds like you started from scratch just by presenting your questions. So I would say definitely get a library of music around you. Start learning about the artist and just getting yourself familiar. DJ is not one of those things where you have access to tons of music and just decide to be a DJ. DJ is actually a craft. I would say definitely get your hands on some turntables, some Technics 1200s, and this is always great for me, Cloie, because I get a lot of [inaudible 00:43:55] inspired to be DJs and when you have to get the real equipment, a turntable isn’t cheap. It’s \$650. So unless you know right away your level of commitment to this…

Also, Christine, there’s other platforms and gears which are called controllers which are less expensive but still it keeps you accountable to you really wanting to do this. But I would say that’s where you want to start, you want to get yourself some gear, you want so start learning how to blend mixes, and a lot of these stuff you can find on YouTube really and see how it’s done and familiarize yourself with the techniques. And you said after you got started with that by getting some type of experience in the music scene. It’s one of those things where you got to pound the pavement, you got to get going on your skill, you got to start working on your craft, and all those other things will come. So that’s nutshell, the quickest explanation I can give you on that.

Cloie: And wait, I think that this question and your answer is a great tie-in to question that Desiree has, which is, “What do you all do to keep income rolling in while you’re in between projects? I find that being freelance has depended solely on projects for income?” So how to get something more concrete in recording and music industry. So basically like how do you keep that ship sailing when waters run dry.

DJ IZ: Well, I think what you really have to do in this day and age, the business model has changed for not just the music platform but for all the other platforms of business. So one of the things I did when I saw the economics of music changing because of the downloading and people not buying records like they used to, I really had to learn how to create other opportunities outside of music business with other companies and other platforms that very much use music as the point of conversation.

So for example, at that time in 2003 started working with the company Monster Cable who made products that were still affiliated with music whether it was a cable, whether it was an iPod cable, a Bluetooth speaker. All these devices needed content, music. So I found out a way how to navigate outside of music but still using my musical platform to spark the conversation, and then went on to do other things. And when nobody’s looking for a record for somebody to produce, well guess what, I’m on the other side doing product design for Bluetooth speaker.

Bringing in artist like O’Neal or Usher that are looking to partner with other companies outside and just making an album. But use this company as a platform, as a base to promote their music. So those are the kind of things that you want to be able to navigate through everything now because it’s no longer just sitting in the studio and making a record, like that day and age is over. You got to figure out how to meet with folks across the aisle that may be sell your music like a retail or like a best buy or a fries and start having those conversations, and it really comes to networking. Outside it’s just music business, you know what I’m saying. Like that’s where you got to be and that’s how you keep the lights on when nobody’s looking for a record.

Cloie: Show up and [inaudible 00:47:33] bunch of pay. The lights will always come back on.

DJ IZ: So Christine, she said, “Okay, great because I already have Pro Tools and I’m working on as far as producing music.” There you go, girl. You’re up and running. So that’s, and she said just keeping my options open. And for all our viewers that’s something we always want to do. We never want to limit ourselves or our way of thinking. Or we want to make ourselves available for opportunity and make sure we can get in there and actually execute. So that’s…

Cloie: We got first timer Louis with a question too. He says, “Any recommendations for a beginner’s studio like mics and equipment?”

DJ IZ: Yeah, I would say for speakers in a beginning environment it’s best that you get powered speakers, meaning it’s speakers that don’t require power amps. And Yamaha makes some KRK, Adams, there’s a lot of speakers out there that are pretty affordable. So I would say for start-up studio, I would say start with some small, near field speakers, a laptop, or a computer. Maybe a mic pre like Avalon. You can get a Shure mic. Let me see if I have any mics. This mic right here actually. This is actually a good mic for vocals.

Cloie: Shure.

DJ IZ: This is a Shure SM7B. So like if you have a little room you’re putting together that mic will definitely get a good quality of tone for anybody recording. And then I would say if you’re a keyboard player or a DJ, you can have a turntable, a drum machine or a synthesizer or plug-ins in your computer. But those are some of the basics you just want on deck if you plan on putting a small room together. You want to do some treatment on your walls for sound proof and…let me swing here. If you see right here…

Cloie: Look at that inside track.

DJ IZ: Right, so that’s a panel. So what I did, I did something basic where I did a frame, wood frame around it and in the middle is like it’s a layer of fabric. And then behind it is a sound proof foam. So that keeps the sound very in close but very accurate. So and this is kind of my basic general setup. If you see I got some near field speaker. I got a little mixer. Over here I got my gadgets, my toys which is my MPC, my turntable, a V7, and this is like, this is what I would call a very much a basic setup but I’ve done so many records in this room. So it really comes down to your ear and your experience with different sonics and how well your mix is sounding. Like I said all I need is an outlet just to plug in. I can make music anywhere. So I hope I was able to give some insight on just those details.

Cloie: You gave me insight.

DJ IZ: I love to give you insight, Cloie.

Cloie: Well, insight.

DJ IZ: Robert says where’s the link to the drummer boot camp? Can we give that to him again, Cloie?

Cloie: Yeah, I think we popped it in. It’s That is Thomas’ website and it has all the information for the boot camp,

DJ IZ: Sweet.

Cloie: You’re welcome, Robert. You’re welcome. Christine wants to know what kind of stereo system is behind you.

DJ IZ: Those are THX speakers up top, and it’s tens at the bottom. And I also have two stereo subwoofers in here for the low end. And these speakers aren’t powered speakers so I’m having an amp to power them. I would say to keep cost down for a startup, definitely find some speakers that are already powered so you don’t have to buy power amps and then hook them up and all that stuff. So it will save you a lot of time. Let’s see, what else do we have here?

Cloie: I feel like that might be all of our questions today? Well, we have a comment. Henry is saying that the RFC [inaudible 00:52:03]. He needs to be in school with you. Come on, Henry. Come on.

DJ IZ: We welcome all. Also Desiree did have another question. She said, “What are some tips in regards to finding venues to host shows and performances?” I think it’s really just scouting your area, and finding places that maybe are venues that are already hosting certain events and [inaudible 00:52:13] attendances in these events and you come…what I noticed when any time you come to a venue with an event, it’s always great to have a deck put together. And a lot of you might not know what a deck is but that’s something we can definitely bring you up to speed on here. A deck is pretty much…

Cloie: [inaudible 00:52:49]

DJ IZ: Yeah, think of a deck as almost like a PDF file. Something you can show people that list all the details of what you’re doing whether it’s the day the event is happening, what’s the demographic, who’s sponsoring, how are you going to promote. It’s pretty self-explanatory kind of presentation. But I will say scout your area, Desiree. See what venues exist out there and you get in touch with the folks whether it’s the venue manager and see what you can do. It’s really just about getting out there and asking questions.

Cloie: [inaudible 00:53:29] relationships, like everything. And that might have been last question.

DJ IZ: Is that the last one?

Cloie: Did we get them all? I think so. Oh wait, wait, wait, Anthony says, “What should this age of music producers do in order to set themselves up for more jobs/opportunities outside of networking?”

DJ IZ: You know what I would say, I would say use your existing platform which is your music to create other opportunities. What I’ve realized is that music, no matter what facet of business, music is always the great conversations starters. People always want to hear about music. “You produce music? Wow. I’m in this field, and I always wonder what it’s like just to create.” It’s always a great conversation starter, and that’s how you start building opportunities with other folks that aren’t even in the field of music because there is something exciting about music, Cloie, that just people want to, “Man.”

Cloie: Creating fire, and it gets into your soul in a way that words cannot. You take out the words, you just feel it on a level that you can’t necessarily communicate.

DJ IZ: And those are the things. It’s looking to build relationships across the other side, and you’ll find that it’s challenging sometimes to have these conversation with music people because we’re just…we think the four walls of a studio when you make music and then you go put it on SoundCloud and that’s where it all stops. Just like no. I always say the easiest part is making the music. The hardest part is getting other folks to be engaged that aren’t in the business, and bringing everybody, gathering, creating them, a great event, and a plan, and a strategy and marketing part, that’s where the connection is made. Also, Desiree, I noticed you had a question that says what is that sheet called again? It’s called a deck which can be…I’m going to say a PDF. I mean you can think of it like that too and it’s just s something that has all the details of your event and what you’re doing. Gary.

Cloie: Gary has a question.

DJ IZ: “Newbie here, other than my love of the Karaoke stage, I’m lost when it comes to the terms you’re feeding us noobs, sonic, kick, gate, micing. What resource would you send my way to get me started?” Okay, let me make sure…

Cloie: So like a vocab lesson.

DJ IZ: Okay. So when I say sonics I mean pretty much how something sounds, like “How does the record sound sonically?” Which means audio-wise how well does it sound mixed? Is it well blended? That’s what that term means. Kick, I’m not sure what you mean. Instrument kick or something that has a lot of kick. Gate is the opposite of or kinda like compression. So we probably should just have a sideline chat because if I say something it’s going to be another term that’s in the field of…so I just need to give you a quick rundown of what these different terms mean.

Cloie: And maybe that’s something for us to…maybe we come up with like a vocab chart or a whole vocab lesson episode.

DJ IZ: So for Gary, micing is just based off of how your questions presented micing is, I would say it’s a technique whether let’s say you’re micing a drumset. Micing being placement where you put the mic. Do you put the mic close to the snare, or do you put it two inches away, do you put your overheard mics on the cymbals. Overhead meaning overhead mic. Your mics that are above you. So those are the things that we can definitely dive in with you a little more detail off the cuff, off radar, and I’d be happy to do that too, but I think that’s a great idea, Cloie, doing a cool little cheat sheet for the different fields, like engineer cheat sheet…

Cloie: [inaudible 00:57:42] The Connected school is in session.

DJ IZ: And Louis says, “Music is food for the soul.” Definitely with you on that man. It definitely is. I always say think of movies, commercials. Think of all of these things if they didn’t have music in them. Think if you couldn’t listen to music on your way into work, crazy right?

Cloie: I just don’t even know. I have my daytime soundtrack. I have my night time soundtrack. And if I didn’t have those things because I drive a lot to auditions, to shoots, to whatever, if I didn’t have that… I’m a person that’s okay with silence but not that much silence. No word. If I didn’t have my Nina Simone playlist at night…

DJ IZ: Wow. Nina

Cloie: Shout out Pandora. Like it’s just…

DJ IZ: Yeah. We want to make sure we didn’t miss anybody’s question.

Cloie: Wait [inaudible 00:58:45] is sending some lunch. She says, “I have to say that both of your synergies DJ IZ and Cloie are amazing. Just listening to you both is inspiring enough.” Girl, don’t make me break my mascara. Thank you. Thank you.

DJ IZ: Thank you very much. And thank you Manolo for he says, “Great lesson today.” Thank you very much, man, and I love seeing you guys here every Monday. I mean, 10 jobs a week is something that’s incredibly great for you guys. And our whole role is to get you guys in the space where you can fully take advantage of these opportunities. Get out there and make a living and set yourself on a career path with something you love to do everyday, day in and day out. And that is our ultimate goal. And shout out to Katz, man. Definitely want to highlight Katz. He’s been here since day one as I mentioned again. We love to do something special for all you guys. So just stay connected, stay tuned. It’s something we’re committed to. We will be here every Monday, [inaudible 00:59:50]

Cloie: Germaine just said, “Ten new jobs a week. Thanks Obama.”

DJ IZ: So Germaine, you know what’s crazy about what you just said I’ve been telling folks like, Cloie, how many jobs are we at today? We’re over 200 jobs now.

Cloie: Especially when you consider that we are now doing 10.

DJ IZ: Right, so I said, “Man, Connected is handing out more jobs than our president.” So for you to say, “Thanks, Obama.” Like dude we’re right there with you. And shout out to Obama. I love Obama. But yeah, some we’re doing here on Connected. With that being said guys, it has been a great Monday here hanging with you guys. We look forward to doing this every Monday with guys. So we’ll be here. Shout out to Louis. He says, “Glad I joined today. I’ll definitely stay connected.” Please do.

Cloie: Yey, tell your friends. Bring them, all are welcome.

DJ IZ: Bring them on in. And guys, again, don’t forget, the only way to apply for these jobs is through our link in our website.


DJ IZ: And we got this shout out to our team who makes this even possible to do which is Howie, Mike, Bryan, Jay. Am I forgetting anybody, Cloie?

Cloie: No, well, we just did also add [inaudible 01:01:06] because she’s got that cool music that we play at the top. This is Cool Jay Love music. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Guys, holidays are coming, whatever you’re into, just get us some stuff. We would love to feature you in 2016.

DJ IZ: Yeah, and shout out to my girl, Jessica. Thank you for tuning in. She says, “Thank you, we are a trove of information.” Thank you. That’s my great North Dakotian friend. So shout out to…

Cloie: North Dakota. And Edwin. Thank you, Edwin. Of course can’t forget Edwin. Go for Edwin.

DJ IZ: And with that being said guys, this is our show for Monday. I’m you host DJ IZ with my co-host, miss Cloie the lovely. And it’s always a pleasure. We look forward to seeing you next Monday. Please get out there, hit the pavement, grind. Don’t let anything influence you on why you shouldn’t get up and go make it happen. Go make it happen, and we look forward to seeing you guys next week. All right. My name is DJ IZ.

Cloie: I’m Cloie Wyatt Taylor.

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