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Show #41 | Los Angeles, CA
Guest: Edwin Menjivar, Career AdvisorAKA The Sultan of Grind Opps
Dec 05, 2016

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



Videographer / Editor

Industry: Film

Location: New York, NY


HeartVeinNYC is seeking to commission an experienced videographer to design and edit informative and promotional video short for their cardiology practice.




Sound Designer

Industry: Recording

Location: Austin, TX


KingsIsle Entertainment is currently looking for a Sound Designer to help develop exciting new family-focused video games for mobile and tablet devices.




Production Coordinator

Industry: Film

Location: New York, NY


Method Studios is seeking a production coordinator that will be responsible for the assignment and tracking of tasks for assigned area of responsibility.




Harlem Globetrotters Sound Tech

Industry: Recording

Location: Atlanta, GA


Harlem Globetrotters is seeking a sound tech that will Set-up, breakdown, and maintenance of all fog machines, lights, studio colors, spots, lasers, blacklights, DMX board, amps, speakers, WDS, LEDs, etc.




Freelance Video Editor Entertainment and Sports News

Industry: Film

Location: Los Angeles, CA


Rapidly growing Los Angeles based entertainment studio is looking for energetic and eager freelance Video Editors. To be successful in this position ideal candidates must be fast and efficient in Adobe Premiere, have flexible schedules, and be available to work on short notice.




Lead Line Cook

Industry: Culinary

Location: Costa Mesa, CA


AnQi by House of AN is seeking a lead line cook for the Costa Mesa restaurant.




Media Production

Industry: Film

Location: Scottsdale, AZ


iMemories is seeking several media production assistants that will be preserving personal and family memories, converting any film, video, photos, and slides into digital images and movies that you can view online, on your phone or tablet, or on custom-created DVDs or Blu-rays.




Audio Editor

Industry: Recording

Location: Minneapolis, MN


Independent production studio seeking an editor that will be in charge of audio voice editing.




Live TV Production Tech

Industry: Film

Location: Minneapolis, MN


Evine Live is seeking a part time production tech with the potential to move into a full-time role in the future.




Full Time Prep Cook

Industry: Culinary

Location: Cleveland, OH


AVi Foodsystems is seeking a full time prep cook for immediate hire.




Cloie: IZ, look at my socks, look at my socks.

DJ IZ: What’s up yo, I’m your host DJ IZ. I got my lovely host Miss…

Cloie: Cloie Wyatt Taylor.

DJ IZ: What’s up, Cloie.

Cloie: I thought you forgot my name for a minute.

DJ IZ: You don’t see me do like the Hulk Hogan ear kind of…

Cloie: I love it. I love it.

DJ IZ: What’s up yow, we are here, this is show 41, episode 41. Man, it’s like these weeks just keep coming by fast and we just keep filling our Grind Opp slots. Cloie, you see me rocking my Santa hat, right? Because you know, I’m all about the season, right?

Cloie: Yeah, this is so pretty. It’s so…

DJ IZ: Yeah, so…

Cloie: Shout out to our Connected faithful, and just talk for minute guys. Thank you. These things that you are sending us, thank you, thank you, thank you so much. We are so excited. We have so many we’re going through everything now. All of your submissions, your resume questions, thank you. Please keep sending them in. And we are just so overwhelmed by the love, and we’ll be getting back to you very shortly sustainable.

DJ IZ: Yeah. And I’m glad you actually got that right now, Cloie, because we actually in the process of finalizing all our replies to all you guys, and making sure that we’re not missing out on anybody just as far as, you know, we’ve gotten a lot of resumes, and we got a lot of just really cool engagement from you all. So, we’re gonna make sure we get that response out to you guys this week. Other than that, Cloie, I mean did you have a great week. Talk to me about the David Bowie thing, let me know how that went.

Cloie: Look, we’re in previews. We have been named Time Out magazine’s name this one as the five must-see shows. So, Wait, can we talk about you for a second because we are at KickUp last week, and you guys had your grand opening on Saturday, no?

DJ IZ: Yeah, we had a grand opening Saturday and it was great, man. Actually, you know, a lot of folks came out, a lot of diversity, it wasn’t just one specific. We had people that were into Gluten-free. We have people that were just wanted some cupcakes, you know. We couldn’t keep enough on the shelf and I wanna shut out my man, Cats because of course Cats came through because…

Cloie: Did he?

DJ IZ: Cats came through because, you know, I had to give Cats a hug. I was like, “Man, you make it a point to just show up.” So shut out Cats for coming through and showing support. But it was great, Cloie. We couldn’t keep enough on the shelf, and it was just a great experience. I got to shake a lot of hands, meet a lot of people, and it was just inspiring, you know, in those moments, you just always kind of you slip away real quick because you just remember, men, it all started with an idea, you know, it all started. We’re just, “Okay, my buddy’s wife bakes and we can do something really cool.” And here we are in grand opening and, you know, folks are just coming to get their goods. So it was really good, you know, it was really good turn out and it was very exciting.

So I think too for our viewers that have that mindset, of just what it takes to be entrepreneur, how do you take a concept and idea, and how do you get it all the way to the finish line? You know, that’s a great journey and great process. That’s why I think it was dope that we actually did last week show from baking room.

Cloie: Yeah.

DJ IZ: I think its one thing, you know, when…

Cloie: Nathan, we are not at KickUp now by the way.

DJ IZ: Yeah, we’re not [crosstalk 00:04:01].Yeah, we’re at the studio. But, you know, it’s one thing for people to hear you talk about something. But for them to actually see you in an environment that was put together by an idea or our concept or vision, you know, that’s why they tires meet the road for our viewer. So it was incredible, man.

So, you know, had the great weekend didn’t really get a whole lot of time to show on Sunday. Because we had to get back to the shop and see how everything was going and just recalibrate. But, you know, I’m a head on over there after the show and delve things back in. And for the most part, you know, I’m happy to be here with you, Cloie during the Christmas season. I got Christmas music banging all throughout the night, all throughout the…

Cloie: I love it. You’re like the public radio station right now. One of the lifetime movie network where it’s like 21 days of Christmas. And I’m not mad at it, I think it’s beautiful. But sometimes, I just want like my snap to something, and I don’t necessarily need it with a side of Santa.

DJ IZ: Oh, got you, got you. Got you.

Cloie: But you in that hat is you in that hat, perfection.

DJ IZ: Hey guys, I’m all in the Christmas gear. So Cloie, let’s make sure we get some announcements. So for those of you who are on the go, who are mobile, do not forget to tune in on our podcast and our Google Play. You can catch the audio there. Also to Cloie, let them know where they can reach us as far as one and email or they wanna apply for the jobs. Hit them off for both of those links.

Cloie: Love it. So, guys, do you wanna get out with us? Do you want to connect with us? You can find us at [email protected], and that’s where we’re getting all of your submissions for your resume questions, your life questions, your music. All of that, that’s where you send it. To apply for these jobs, you can only get these jobs here, it’s not like they’re everywhere. You wanna go to And also not to mention, but yeah, we’re giving you five jobs live in this hangout. But we have an additional five jobs that we post to the website now, so technically we’re giving you 10 jobs.

DJ IZ: Ten jobs is mine.

Cloie: Ten jobs [inaudible 00:06:17] 10 jobs, like 10 jobs. And also you can find us on social media everywhere at IZ Connected. That’s Facebook, that’s the Twitter, that’s’ Instagram, and yeah, that’s it, right?

DJ IZ: Yeah. And you know what, also to now that we got into the social media, I wanna encourage all of you guys to make sure that you’re following us, make sure you’re passing along the info. Tag folks, especially we were just talking about prior to the show, like I notice it a bunch of folks out there who are still sleeping on their mama’s couch, that want to get a job, man, what is it doing, I mean look out for your friends, send them the link, send them the info. Because we can get them connected here just like ya’ll are. So make sure you guys really, really follow us on those things and, you know, I always say it’s a great way to track our day to day movement to see what we’ve got going on and just for inspiration. So what else can we touch on before we get into this grinds up?

Cloie: Oh, survey. So, guys, last week we did a survey, we’re bringing it back. Because we just wanna make sure, double extra special sure that we didn’t miss anybody. Thank you to those of you that have participated, please participate again this week. But this week’s survey, we still wanna know once more what is your favorite part of IZ Connected. Is it the Grind Opps, is it the Q&A, the career and advice from us, the interviews? All that kind of stuff. We asked it last week, now we are…what is it? It’s called Empirical Data I believe. I’m gonna get…I’m going to work out [inaudible 0:07:48]. I’m stuck, I’m stuck.

DJ IZ: Break it down, Cloie, break it down.

Cloie: I’m stuck. We just wanna make sure we really heard you, so that we can give the best show possible. So for those of you that are watching us and the official of the Powerbar recording connection version which is really good, you wanna watch it there. The survey is gonna in the right hand side. So pop in, fill it out, it’s a quick poll and we will announce the results later in the show.

DJ IZ: Yes, sir. And also to shout out to Cool J love music for a gig, a wonderful musical intro piece and outro piece. We’re still rocking with you, girl. So I know you got some more heat, keep sending us some joints. And for all my music creators, music lovers, whatever it is you create, men, send us some staff, you might get a cool feature, we can highlight you here on our show. So definitely, you know, get proactive on that staff because like I said, we’re at a point now where we like to just receive and engage with you guys. So just whatever you’ve got resume questions, get it to us and we’re here.

Anything else before we get into this Grind Opps, Cloie? I know we need to kinds of let them know as far as what they need to have out ready, pen, pad, go ahead and break it down for them.

Cloie: Time to get your crayons and your pencils or pens or pencil, there or texting thumbs. I like to have my pen, my journal. So she is quick and playful and curios and strong. I have my phone, right? And of course guys, I have my Like a Boss cup.

DJ IZ: Geez, Cloie, you hit them with the one, two punch.

Cloie: Boom, boom, boom, boom.

DJ IZ: All right, cool. All right, here we go folks. Our first Grind Opp of the day is in the field to film, this is videographer/editor. HeartVeinNYC is seeking a commission and experienced videographer to design and edit informative and promotional video short. And this is located in New York, New York. My man, catch, you gonna have to get some flight, some miles, get your traveling things locked in, man. You might have to get on a plane bro, and go hunt down these opportunities.

All right. So, candidate must have two years of experiences of some kind of production experience. He or she must know how to handle both audio and video in the field, knowledgeable on how to light scenes. Editing experience required, room must be included. Payment can be accommodated for part time hourly or by project. Now, Cloie, here we go. This is your role.

How important is it to know how to light scenes? How crucial is lightning in that…?

Cloie: Oh, lighting and sound are beyond crucial. Do you know people will forgive so much if you are lit properly, and you sound good, right? Don’t forgive a script, people will make excuses for a script, they will make excuses for continuity in a scene. But if the lighting is f***ed [SP] up or the sound f***ed up, you got some serious cocky poo on your hand.

DJ IZ: And you know, I can assume that’s why they are saying there’s two years of experience is required because…

Cloie: Yeah, but I love that they say, “Of some kind.” That makes me…that like a little part of a bit [SP]. Just like, “We’re in your face but we’re easy about it.”

DJ IZ: Right, you’re right. Now, Cloie, have you came across somebody in that environment that it is actually operating lighting, and had a conversation as far as how long they have been doing it or, you know, how long it took them to get into this environment where they’re doing this various duties and jobs on a film set?

Cloie: You know what? I’ve never gotten into the conversations. but you can see the amount of effort it takes when they’re turning over a scene, and it’ll be like, in your mind, you’re thinking, “Oh, they’re just going to move the camera to here,” But it’s like, “No, No Booboo, it’s night time and they’re shooting it to look like day.” So we’re gonna need at least a half hour because we got to do all of these different things. And I’m not talking to them at that point. Because everybody has got their job and I’m gonna stay in my lane but I’ll watch. And it is lighting is amazing.

DJ IZ: Right. Yeah, I mean I know its serious business. And I think too, you know, that’s why it’s extremely important for those of you who are look into, you know, get something go on in this world of film. It’s so important to have a sizzle reel or real of your work. Because, you know, these folks can look at a reel within two seconds, Cloie, right? And know whether or not your shit is whack, or it’s good. Like straight up. like these are great opportunities like, you know, payment can be accommodated for part-time, hourly or by project like, you know, those call, you wanna get in really like show what you can do. Because you can be on the next project, or the next project, or the next project. And, you know, I’m just gonna go ahead and assume, I don’t usually like to assume but I’m gonna assume that if you got two years of your experience, at least two years, you know what we’re talking about, right?

Cloie: Yeah. At least the basics for sure.

DJ IZ: Right.

Cloie: For sure.

DJ IZ: To me, this is something that’s well beyond, you know, the basics. But it’s something that you need at least understand going into this thing, like, you got to be at this level like…

Cloie: You do. Because you’re not only shooting it, you’re also editing it.

DJ IZ: Yeah.

Cloie: That’s a different hat right there. You’re responsible for the story now.

DJ IZ: Right. And like I said, that’s why, you know, to me, if you were to have a reel in place, you would be able to pretty much show those different variations of what you’re skilled at. Because a reel does require great editing, you know, how well lit your scenes are and all those things. So definitely a great opportunity again, this is in New York, New York. And it’s something definitely worth checking out if you’re at that level. If you got those skills, definitely go for it. We encourage you to go for it.

Cloie: Please do.

DJ IZ: Yeah.

Cloie: Wait. So, IZ before we go into the Grind Opp 2, we do have special guest.

DJ IZ: We’ve got a special guest today?

Cloie: We got a special guest today.

DJ IZ: Who in the hell is with us today?

Cloie: You know him, you love him. It is Edwin Menjivar, our Sultan of Grind Opp.

DJ IZ: The magnificent Edwin.

Cloie: Hello, Edwin, you made it.

DJ IZ: Hello, Edwin, I don’t hear you.

Cloie: Oh, still can’t hear him.

DJ IZ: Still can’t hear him.

Cloie: I used to major in lip reading.

DJ IZ: Oh, Cloie, you got it, you could just translate.

Cloie: I’m just pulling your leg, I don’t know what he’s saying. I just try. I’m so good to be here. He said, “I’m so glad to be here.” Is that right? It’s good to be here.

DJ IZ: You know, Edwin is a very important special guest to me so, I’m gonna let the team figure out his audio, because I think it’s always great having Edwin on our show. Because he dives in seriously on these detail. So I’m gonna let the crew get him going. We’re gonna move on to Grind Opp number 2. Grind Opp 2 is in the field of recording. And this is sound designer, Kings Isle Entertainment is currently looking for a Sound Designer to help develop exciting new family-focused video games. Man, I wish my son was here. Man, I would have dragged him in here because he loves football games, to the detriment of me.

Cloie: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm (affirmative)

DJ IZ: And this is in Austin, Texas. [Inaudible 0:15:50] folks.

Cloie: All my exes live in Texas.

DJ IZ: So, if you’re tuning in today, here we go, this is a Grind Opp in the field of recording in Austin, Texas. They’re looking for a sound designer to help develop exciting new family-focused video games for mobile and tablet devices. Responsibilities will include, create various types of sound effects, edit process, manage and implement dialogue. Candidate must have the ability to work individually and collectively within experienced team of sound designers, in a creative and fast paced environment. Candidate must have experience with ProTools, dialogue and field recordings. Salaries will be [crosstalk 00:16:35]

DJ IZ: … with experience, okay? So this is defiantly a legit gig. Key things I wanna point out here, go ahead, Cloie.

Cloie: The more money you make…your money is directly tied into your experience.

DJ IZ: There you go. And also, along with that experience, they want to have experience with ProTools, dialogue and field recordings, okay? So, you know, sound designing can be a very, very fun gig but you got to have all the other things in place to run along with that, which is the dialogue in the field recordings.

So, you know, you’ll be working with an experienced team. So, if you’re inexperienced, they’re going to look at you like, “Men, who let you in?”

Cloie: Well, I got to say, “Who let the dogs out.” “Who let the riff raff in?”

DJ IZ: Who let this runt in? So you definitely wanna make sure you have to speed on that. And you wanna be creative and fast because it’s a fast paced environment, so be able to go in there execute, knock it out, and move off to the next. Again, I just wanna recover your responsibilities because there’s quite a few. They want you to be able to create various types of sound effects. They want you to be able to edit, process, manage and implement dialogue. So, you know, those are definitely key points of this Grind Opp, if you wanna make sure you have those written down or text however you’re doing it on your end as key points. But this sounds like it could be fun, I mean this is video games that was for mobile devices, you know tablet. So, it can be cool, it can be really fun.

Cloie: Right? Like I mean video games, yay.

DJ IZ: And you know, the cool thing like, I don’t know if it pertains at this, but in the past, we were able to do some stuff for EA sports a couple years ago, and being in the environment of gamers, it’s just fun. Like serious gamers, everybody is like champion at certain games and, you know, these guys is…

Cloie: Some is like fire. Some dexterity like [inaudible 0:18:44]

DJ IZ: Yeah, exactly. And these guys just kind of sit around and throw around ideas, and then, you know, they got program or some software guys and then tested out and they play. It’s like frat house type, really cool, you know, like just cool. You know what I’m saying? On the couch chilling like, you know. But really cool stuff. So again folks, that’s in Austin, Texas. If you guys want to check that out. Definitely something cool for recording and sound designers, all right? Moving off into Grind Opp 3. Cloie, I’m gonna let you knock this one out.

Cloie: I get to do it.

DJ IZ: Do it.

Cloie: It’s in [inaudible 0:19:24] film. It’s for production coordinator. It says, “Method Studios is seeking a production coordinator that would be responsible for the assignment, and tracking of tasks for assigned areas of responsibility.” And this is also in New York, New York so let’s start spreading that news. “He or she will facilitate the movement of shots between teams, coordinate daily reviews and communicate status updates, ensuring the delivery of shots on schedule. Production coordinator will report to show supervisors. Candidate must poses highly developed communication skills to facilitate interdepartmental needs, and schedules required. Exhibiting a consistent standard of excellence and all business communications. Strong comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and apps.” So this job is equal parts admin and technical knowhow for sure.

DJ IZ: Right.

Cloie: You know what I mean?

DJ IZ: So, is there a couple of key points that you could kind of just dive in for instance like, you know, how you seen it in your role, Cloie, when a production coordinator reports to various advisors or supervises, show supervisors. Like what’s that…what are some of those processes and what’s like, what’s expected?

Cloie: Well, if you think about a movie and how every movies broken down into scenes, every scene is broken down into like a bunch of different shots to make that one scene. And somebody is gotta be responsible for making sure that you get all of those different parts, even if you don’t use them, you wanna get what they call this coverage or that coverage. So that when you’re sitting in the editing room later, you’re not like, “Ahh, damn it, we don’t have this wire. We don’t have any like blah, blah, blah.” And so yeah, the person that’s gonna keep all together, or even like a commercial shoot how they have story board, the person that was like, “We did this, we did this frame, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah.” It’s all about storing telling and this person that’s helping to keep it together, right?

And the interdepartmental thing is because everybody needs those different shots for different purposes, right? So this your shot wrangler. And the fact that they have a knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, that’s not a game. That’s everything, that’s Excel, that’s PowerPoint, that’s Word. All of these things that you use, some more than others, but Excel, for sure. You know what I mean?

DJ IZ: So, even just from like a laptop or computer, you got to be savvy with this various programs, you know, in order to really be a coordinator as best as you can. Let me ask you this Cloie, you know, when you deal with folks that are coordinating in this role and, you know, they’re responsible for certain things. How important is it for their personality to be on point and to be positive. What’s the energy like of some of these folks that you’ve work with that are in these positions as a production coordinator?

Cloie: The production coordinator tends to be like pacifiers, and fire putter outer people. Because there’s a bunch of shit that could explode and go on fire, both literally in figuratively. So they tend to be… again, everybody is different, every set is different. But from what I have experienced, they tend to be not chill, but direct and able to take in information quickly, process and translate it back to you, but in a very even sort of way. Like you’re not gonna see so much their feathers get ruffled, at least now with the talent.

DJ IZ: Right, right. Okay.

Cloie: And I believe in over performing too, so I’m not gonna show up late and do anything that’s going to spark that flame.

DJ IZ: No. I know what most coordinators especially at this level. How easy is it for them to be become overwhelmed with a lot to do. I mean that’s the norm, right?

Cloie: That’s default. That’s like if they’re not overwhelmed, they’re probably like, “Oh, don’t know how…” That problem would set them off.

DJ IZ: Okay.

Cloie: So for this job, it’s like, yeah, you’re talking about a high stressful situation for sure.

DJ IZ: For sure, okay.

Cloie: Organization, all of that stuff, dealing with multiple personalities as we often talk about, and responsibility for making sure you’ve got all of these different shots. And, you know, and probably dealing with some of the footage and what they call the dailies, getting that to the right people so that people can help to organize the next day.

DJ IZ: Right. What kind of characteristics do you think one should have to be able to deal with a variety of teams, to be able to coordinate reviews, to be able to communicate updates? Like what do you think someone needs to actually have as far as part of their working attitude or their actual skill?

Cloie: I think one of the biggest things is organization.

DJ IZ: Organization?

Cloie: Mm-hmm. Me personally, I think one of the biggest things is organization. Because if you’re talking about and talking to seven different departments. And you need to know what right hand needs to know what the left hand is doing, you know? And also the ability to duck on water. So although there are maybe chaos down below, up top its sailing smooth. That’s what we call a duck on water. I’m just where I am from. For those of you that are just joining us, we do have our survey. It should be popped up on the right hand side. We wanna know again for super special certain, what’s your favorite part of IZ Connected. So make sure we pop it in because we’ll have the results pretty soon.

DJ IZ: Can I say my favorite part?

Cloie: I want you to say your favorite part.

DJ IZ: So other than, you know, I mean of course I think it’s incredible thing and a beautiful thing to be able to offer jobs to our Connected viewers that are only founds here. but I think for me personally, Cloie, my favorite part is the Q&A, because we get to just dive through like whoever is one our chat who is here, who is asking like really good questions. That’s kind of my favorite part because it allows us to engage with our community. So I just put that out there. So not that I’m trying to favor you guys, when we should say as your favorite, but for me, that’s mine.

Cloie: You guys we love you. We love you.

DJ IZ: Yeah. We love. All right. So moving into Grind Opp 4, this is in the field of Recording. This is for Harlem Globetrotters Sound Tech. The Globetrotters, yo, I’ve been watching the Globetrotters since I was like…since I remember these dudes rocking afros and baby shorts like…
Cloie: Baby short, dolphins.

DJ IZ: Maybe basketball shorts.

Cloie: There’s a dolphins in the socks.

DJ IZ: All right, all right. So here we go. Sound Tech needed for set-up, breakdown and maintenance of all fog machines, lights, studio colors, spots, lasers, backlights, DMX board, amps and etcetera.

Cloie: That’s a lot.

DJ IZ: This is in Peachtree Corners in GA, GA is…

Cloie: Georgia.

DJ IZ: Georgia. All right, here we go. Let me recover that because this is lot of notes for you to take down as far as details. Here we go. Sound check needed for set-up, breakdown, maintenance of all fog machines, lights, studio colors, spots, lasers, backlights, DMX board, and amps, and etcetera., okay? So hope you are able to cover all that. Matter of fact, I just had, which reminds me, I just had a buddy of mine who just moved at Georgia, and he was asking if we had any Grind Opps in Georgia. So remind, Cloie at the end of the show to hit him up so I can hit him up and let him know we do have one. Okay, here we go. He or she will test all sound equipment, microphones, etcetera. For proper in-arena sound. Candidate must be self-disciplined with strong work ethic, fast learner, flexibility to work long hours, weekends and holidays as needed during the tour. There you go.

Travel will be required, flexible scheduling is a must at least one year of audio related experience required. Now, this sounds fun. This is a tour.

Cloie: It’s a tour with the Harlem Globetrotters.

DJ IZ: With the Harlem Globetrotters. This could be really cool. So, quick detail on this one guys. So just to give you an idea of what equipment you’ll be dealing with, that’s sound equipment microphones and from proper in-arena sounds. So you’ll be in in-arena setting. So it sounds like you’ll be dealing with some backline which is rented gear. So you got to kind of know your ins and out on that as far as hook up, breaking it down, all those things. And they’re asking that you’ll be self-discipline with strong work ethic. Now I’m gonna say, with any Grind Opp we bring at the table. You have to be self-discipline, and you got to be have work ethic because none of this works without work ethic. So that’s first and foremost. And you got to be a fast learner. What was that?

Cloie: I have a question for you. The self-discipline thing for job like this when you’re talking about so much gear, right? Because technically, they’re saying you only need at least one year of audio related experience.

DJ IZ: Right.

Cloie: How does discipline tie into the gear?

DJ IZ: I think the discipline in this role, is really just the matter of being on your game, meaning being on time, you know, making sure you’re handling things properly, making sure you’re actually up to speed on the gear you’re setting up. Those are some of the things that I see. Because I’ve been around cats like this role, and a lot of them are laxidaisy, you get comfortable because you develop a buddy, buddy attitude. Because you’re working around so many cats, and everybody is just polling together, you’re in together, you set-up, you’re in a bus to get. So I think the self-discipline is one of those things where you just constantly remind yourself that this is a job. They’re saying hang out, they say, you know, because it’s a fun gig.

So to me, that’s where the self-discipline kind of kicks in, it’s like knowing what you’re there for. Keeping in mind that it is a job, and you’re working along with friends that you’ve just befriended. So to me, that’s where the self-discipline and being on time. Because you’re going to bed late, and you’re waking up extremely early to set-up for the next event.

To me, that’s where the self-discipline…because what you don’t want to do is get relaxed, and then you set-up something wrong and other production, stage production starts to notice your weak links. So to me, that’s where the self-discipline comes into play, because you gotta be a fast learner and you got to be flexible with long hours, and you’re working on weekends, holidays.

Cloie: Right. They need that very clear.

DJ IZ: Yeah. There’s no downtime. So, you know, that’s where all those things kicking for you, because you got to be able to get in there and really do what you’re supposed to do. And like you said Cloie, they’re only asking for one year of experience, and that tells me…

Cloie: It’s not a lot.

DJ IZ: Yeah. That tells me because they’re asking you to be a fast learner, like don’t take one year of experience. But you got to be able to like learn really quick even from that point on. So again folks, that’s Sound Tech for Harlem Globetrotters. And that’s in Peachtree Corners in Georgia, okay? It looks like we got my man, Edwin is in the house finally. We got some audio say what’s up, Edwin?

Edwin: Georgia was on my mind.

DJ IZ: What the…

Edwin: Georgia. I had to, I had to.

DJ IZ: Yo, what’s up Edwin? How you doing, man?

Edwin: How are you guys? So, sorry about that. It happens, you know, it’s all about the show must go on, right? So we figure out a way and I’m excited to be here with you guys.

DJ IZ: James Brown would always say that man, “The show always goes on man.”

Cloie: He’d also say, “Get on the good foot. Get on the good foot.”

Dr. IZ: Hot tub.

Cloie: Ha.

Edwin: How are you Cloie?

Cloie: Good morning.

Edwin: Good morning.

Cloie: I’m channeling Rosie Chick [SP]

Edwin: I love it. That’s awesome. So what do we talking about?

Cloie: We’re just supposed to go Grind Opp.

DJ IZ: Yeah, We’re about to go to Grind Opp 5. So being that, you’re covered here on Grind Opp 5, man. I’m wanna announce this Grind Opp, and then I’m gonna let you just dive in, man. Just based of of some of the things you see, because this last Grind Opp is in the field to film. And I’m sure you see tons of folks shooting whatever resume or just trying to apply for this type of jobs in film. So I think you’ll be able to carve out some really good information based upon what this Grind Opp is asking for. And also to we got a nice variety of viewers in our chatbox that have really great questions…

Edwin: Let’s do it.

DJ IZ: So you’ll be able to dive into that too with us when we get to the Q&A.

Edwin: I’m excited. I’m excited to be with everybody. Thank you so much for having me.

DJ IZ: Man, always great having you. You’re A Connected All-Star, man, shoot, what are you talking about?

Cloie: …Connected All-Star.

DJ IZ: So here we go. This Grind Opp is in the field of film, this is freelance editor, rapidly growing Los Angeles based entertainment studio is looking for energetic and eager freelance video editors. This is in Los Angeles, California our hometown here. Here we go guys. Let’s see. They’re looking for somebody to be successful in this position, with ideal candidates must be fast and efficient in Adobe Premiere. Have flexible schedules and be available to work on short notice. Candidate must have knowledge in daily and topical entertainment, and sports news is preferred. Candidate must submit his or her editing real and resume. He or she will be working under contract. Wow, they actually listed \$150 a day.

Edwin: That’s sweet.

DJ IZ: Great thing I wanna point out now that we have you here Edwin, is we’ve been talking throughout the existence of our show about a reel or resume. Now, just based off of every you’ve seen, I mean and you see it all come across your desk, right? I want you to very, very detailed explain to me the difference between a resume and a reel or sizzle reel.

Edwin: Of course.

DJ IZ: The floor is yours?

Edwin: Your resume, it’s your ticket, right? It’s you biography in one page, it’s where you…

Cloie: One page.

Edwin: In one page, it’s where you’re page is gonna be next to hundreds of pages, right? And you want to make sure it’s the right…and it’s so funny now that if you asked me that. The most common thing that I’ve seen with resumes which is funny, it’s a lot of very basic things, a very basic grammar, things that we need to attack in order for it to look great, right? And this came to mind. When you’re going to a super market, you like things to be neat or else you’re not gonna buy it. Or else why would you buy it? So why would your resume be messy, right? So in one page that’s your resume. Now sizzle real, this is your time to shine. Now sizzle real, it doesn’t mean, “Oh, I just have a sizzle reel.” And that’s it, I checked that off. No, you better have the best sizzle reel that you can have.

Cloie: For you.

Edwin: Exactly. Now, what is that entail? That entails you working on this reel and giving it to people, not your friends but your mentors. And say, “What do you think of this? Give me the real feedback.” That’s how it is. Nobody is alone. But in order to build this sizzle reel, use the mentors, use the people around you. As long as people see that you want to work hard, people are going to want to help you out. So that’s the difference…

Cloie: Which one?

Edwin: Between a sizzle reel and a resume.

Cloie: What’s the difference between a resume and a cover letter?

Edwin:: Oh, resume and a cover letter.

DJ IZ: Oh, good one.

Edwin: That’s amazing. Now, a cover letter, this is where you show that, right? This is where you drop the pen, and you show how much you’re interested in the employer. How are you interested? Did you research, you know, or was it just another page that you saw and you just submitted your application? No, I mean anybody can do that. Did you do a research? Did you can take 10 minutes to see what they all about? What is this corporate company about, you know? A lot of these video editing things opportunities. These are big opportunities. Why? Because you’re working with corporations.

Cloie: They don’t know you.

Edwin: You don’t know if Phil and so that works for that corporation. His sister in law is the head of Warner Brothers. You just don’t know that. You have to approach that with that seriousness. And if you take yourself seriously, people aren’t going to take you seriously.

Cloie: And so in the research vein, in terms of doing your research for a cover letter, you’ve been seeing a lot of their vague opinion based things as opposed to facts. Like the idea of what you can give to this company, fact base, right?

Edwin: Exactly.

Cloie: What they can’t live without you.

Edwin: And for viewers if you do that, there’s nothing wrong with that. But think about it, you know, think about how stores sell you their product. You’re selling your product to the employer. A lot of stores will do research on you. A lot of stores know, you know, they hire people that do research on when you come in, where do you like to see on the right, I don’t know why supermarkets came…I guess that’s the topic of the day, you know? So that’s how you have to…

Cloie: Maybe [inaudible 00:37:54] break its lunch time.

Edwin: Maybe. Maybe. But that’s how you have to approach your cover letter. You are competing against everybody else, and competing this in majority against everybody.

Cloie: Not everybody does a cover letter either.

Edwin: Exactly. Not everybody. So basically the cover letter just to play in lay man’s terms, is why should they care about who you are? Who are you? Why should they care? They don’t wanna hear about you, they wanna hear about them. Make them feel like you care about them.

DJ IZ: Right. Now, real quick, what kind of resumes and reels do you see that instantly get shot down?

Edwin: Oh, man the majority. And the reason is because…

Cloie: Damn.

DJ IZ: I want you to reiterate that for all of us.

Edwin: Yeah, of course. But they…

DJ IZ: My man, Edwin said, “The majority get shot down.” Tell us why Edwin?

Edwin: And it’s because we fall in love with this position, and the position. “Oh I want that position.” And we have fantasized that about so much. They were like, no, in order to get there, there’s some steps. Your resume has to look the best. You need to literally pass it out everywhere, you know, something I used to do. I used to go Starbucks and just put my resume. And I would have a tally on how many times I would get caught. So I’m like, “Okay,” You know, and you change it up. Things like this are the little things that successful people do. They’re the little things. Everybody at some point is gonna be a talented as you, everybody is gonna work hard as you. But who’s gonna take that imitative to do things. Because if you do the initiative on your cover letter, that tells the employer you’re gonna be very grateful for the opportunity again take initiative there too.

Cloie: You know what? I just want to drop this quote and I’ll tweet this out later, but Maya Angelo has his very claims quote, my she rest…brilliant woman. She says, we’ve all probably heard it but, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Edwin: And that goes into our interview, right? Into interview.

Cloie: In cover letter.

Edwin: Yeah, because the person that’s gonna interview, they’re not looking forward to your interview. When you in interview, it’s a whole process. You wake up and you can’t sleep the whole night like, “Oh my God.” It’s like a date. Keep in mind for them, you’re just another person because they have hundreds of people that they have to see, so how are you’re gonna impact them? You’re gonna be the one that’s actually interested in the company, you’re actually gonna be interested in, “How is this person’s day?” You’re number 55 in the day. And who knows what this person is going through, and he has to hire somebody. So little things like I can really make a difference.

DJ IZ: That what’s up man. You know, also I want to remind some of our viewers and especially folks that are in our Q&A is like, you know, we like to think of as the guru of the jobs out here at Connect

Cloie: We see it all the time.

DJ IZ: Yeah. You see it all the time and the thing is with a lot of our guests, they do have those questions as to, you know, “What do I need to make sure stands out?” it never should be a thing where you’re thinking how to oversell yourself that really doesn’t sink up to your actual show real-time experience. and a guy like you, Edwin, who sees this everyday as far as what you need to look at, what you need to point out, how to get this job? I mean this is your world, and I think it’s extremely important that our viewers understand that the information you’re dropping on them right now, is really it. How you get the gig now? It’s how you get the gig now, you know what I’m saying? It’s like we bring you the gig and now you got to do your due diligence, and put it together and present it. And you’re that guy that can actually jump in the middle of it and say, “Ah, here’s what you didn’t cover. Make sure you recorrect that,” Or like this is inside trading to me. You know I’m saying? Its like, “Hey man, we can help you. We can really help you. We can get you over there.” You know what I’m saying? And that’s what’s crucial is that information you have Edwin.

Edwin: Exactly. And you know what, honestly guys, it comes into our viewers as well. It doesn’t come because this is something of an employment. No, this is one of the hidden jewels of the career centers for their recording radio film connection, is that the career people are actually doing that. This is what I’m doing. I’m not doing this, I’m actually doing this and I’ve actually spent years hitting my head in the wall and I’m like, “Oh, that was the wrong move, all right. Move that was the wrong move.” So if you have the opportunity, get this advice. You already ahead of the game a few years, you know. These are the things that are gonna make the difference. Go to the internet and see how this people did it, and you’re gonna see that the most successful people are the ones that have the most failures. But their difference is that they know how to approach it and how they approach it. And yeah, and don’t romanticize your career. It’s 2017, be excited and…

DJ IZ: That’s what I’m talking about. That’s what I’m talking about, man. So again, guys that was Grind Opp for the field of film, freelance editor. And that was in Los Angeles, California. Now, I know we have some interesting results in Cloie, from what we’re talking about earlier, and I wanna go ahead and let you get into those results, so we can see what different compartments have Connected is that people love and enjoy the most. Go ahead, break it down.

Cloie: Well, what we found today, the question for those of you just joining us is, what’s your favorite part of IZ Connected? And the options were is the Grind Opps, is it career and advice, is it the Q&A, guest interviews? What the results are, Grid Opps got 33%, our career and advice got 39%, Q&A 22% and our guest interviews, 6%. Boom.

DJ IZ: Okay. So the numbers are changing. It’s like, you know, it’s all based on preference. Some folks might like this, some folks might like that. And it’s all good as long as you enjoy something. And that’s to me, that’s what…

Edwin: And if I may say something for the viewers, the reason that there is this questionnaire, the survey, is the same thing because we wanna improve. And if the pros want to improve, why shouldn’t you, you know? It’s like, yeah, we may think, “Oh this is what’s hitting,” And the market is telling you, “No, this is what it is.” And I feel like a lot of graduates tend to be like “No, but this is how I always thought it was gonna be.” And it’s like the industry’s not there anymore, we’re in 2017. We’re at spring 2017.

DJ IZ: Yes.

Edwin: This is…

DJ IZ: The game is changed

Cloie: So Edwin, you’re saying that that’s like the perfect transition into the video that we have. Because IZ we have you, you know, you sat down with the School of Hard Knocks saloon, if you were…

DJ IZ: Right. Right. Yes. And that’s a thing is like we talked about why your attitude is important in the creative road. And why it’s so not cool to fake it until you make it anymore. And it’s like you got to show him that you can deal. So rather than give away what I talked about in the video, let’s go to the video, let’s show what we got going on.

When it comes to your attitude, a lot that it can be generated from your surroundings or what you’re going through, any of those kind of things that just affect you emotionally. And I think attitude is always so important and vital, especially your positive attitudes. You’ll find that in the creative world that a positive attitude that’s just great energy, then it just gets people gone. And when you’re creative, you definitely not the best vibes around you. You don’t want bad vibes, you don’t like somebody’s to kind of just derail your train of thought, or your concept, or your idea, you know. Because creative essentially we all pull on things, we pull on a human for maybe a topic or concept, inspiration. And depending on those different vibes, I mean you don’t want to be the vibe killer in that. You know, a bad attitude can generate a lot of things that just derail everybody. So I think it’s always important man to get your day going positive of attitude, your working environment, positive attitude. And that’s like the personality or trait that you just want to carry with you at all times.

Cloie: Yes.

Edwin: Wow. That’s amazing. That’s so true.

DJ IZ: And so true, right, like I notice even in my role like even as a leader, or even I like the caked up bakery, you know, everybody is focused, right, and they’re baking and they’re in the kitchen. Now, I can walk in there and be like, “All right guys what do we got going today? Where’s our quantities?” Or I can walk and then be like, “My team, man is everybody feeling good? Like are we excited, do we have the music on?” That can change the whole like duration of the day. I even meet as a person in position to lead. I actually tell myself, “Okay, I need to go in here and create a very fine environment for these folks right now.” And I make that decision to go in there and do that. And I think, you know, anytime you can create an enjoyable environment for work, man that’s what you want to do. You want to make people feel like outside of them and the work hours that you really do care about them, right? You care to know how their days going. You care to know like, “Hey, man, I know you’re having it rough, it’s holidays, it’s Christmas but, you know what? When you get here we’re gonna light you up. Everything is okay.”

Cloie: You know, the other thing too is like when you talk about creative’s and having a positive attitude, creative’s are by nature regardless of whether or not they tap into, they’re spongee people. So whatever that energy is, it gets absorbed. And not everybody is Adele who can take that pain or that frustration and make it into like and just go platinum. Some people can go real dark and awful. And so it’s important as a person leading creative’s, to lead with an open hand as supposed to an iron fist. That’s all. I just dropped that bomb and now I’m just going to keep moving.

Edwin: Can I drop another one?

DJ IZ: Yeah. Go ahead and drop a bomb.

Cloie: Yes.

Edwin: I want approach is a little bit different, and actually just for my experience. Well, how can you be positive? How can I be positive when my bills can’t be paid? How can I be positive when I know my mom is sick or my dad is sick, and I don’t know because this what I’ve gone through in the industry. And I know a lot of our viewers go through and it’s hard, right? It’s hard. And we have to learn how to understand that this is the industry. It’s a creative industry. It’s a very vibey[SP] industry, right? We all go through stuff. Just because everybody’s smiling doesn’t mean it’s oh. Just because I’m here smiling like, “Hey guys,” doesn’t mean that it’s all butter and cheese. It isn’t. But if you understand…I don’t know why butter and cheese. I don’t know. I thought I don’t know. I’m hungry, sorry.

How to actually separate that, right? How to separate? What I did, is just a mental trick, I was like all right, I’m the studio. Yes, I may not be able to…being real, I many not be able to afford them a chicken right now. But let me think of why I remembered why I’m doing this because of music, right? We’re doing this because of the music. We’re doing this because of film. Because if you saw this film and you loved it and that’s gonna get hard, especially in this industry when nobody calls you back, and you’ve worked on your resume. And then what?

Cloie: And you’re real. And you’ve been to 50 million auditions, and you haven’t book a gig and you blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. It’s real.

Edwin: That is where your real career starts, you know, that is with the industry. I think the great thing about the entertainment industry that kind of molds you. It kind of build your skin that by the time, you know, 20 years pass you kind of smiling like, ‘Wow, I’m 20 years in this industry and that’s amazing.” Then you help others, that’s why I love about this industry that it feed itself. It’s kind of thing we’re doing this. We want to feed the young people, even the ones that lost this dream and picked it up at 50. It’s not too late.

Cloie: It’s never too late. And the other thing that I think, so many things. And I know we need to get to the Q&A.

Edwin: That’s right. Look, I could go on.

Cloie: I just also want to say because that’s the world, right? I feel that very deeply, the whole idea of putting your blinders on and running your race. You cannot measure your success but what somebody else that’s in your same age bracket have been doing at this thing. You cannot judge by your success with somebody else’s. Their path is different. You don’t know their highs, you don’t know their lows. So it’s important that you show up, you do your work, you hashtag, over perform and you always show up. And fame that’s just the way that energy in the world works, is they will come to pass, like it will happen. It may not look like what you thought and you wanted it to look like, which is what we’re talking earlier with attachments, but it will happen.

Edwin: Yes. And also another thing, we were talking about vibes and everything. Think, “Okay, if I’m having a hard day, how can I be as a neutral as possible, that way I don’t cause attention to myself.” Because regardless, there’s every minute that you’re in the studio, there is somebody is paying money. That’s just what it is. So yeah, I hope that helps.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. Absolutely, Edwin. So guys, we got eight minutes, we got some Q&A that’s going on. We got some question, so we definitely wanna jump in to that. Cloie, let’s start reading and scrolling through some of these questions.

Cloie: Love it. I’m gonna scroll down to the bottom.

DJ IZ: I know, I see one from Jordan that says, “Any Grind Opps in the Boston area or Chicago?” That’s actually great. Good question.

Cloie: Oh, we have some last week, yeah.

DJ IZ: We actually have had a couple in Chicago and Boston. So, you know, it’s one of those things where you just continue to tune in with us. And we would definitely have something for you in either one of those states and cities. Also too what you can do is go to our website, and you’ll be able to see a list of all of our Grind Opps. So, you’ll be able to find the ones that were in Chicago, and the ones that were in Boston. And we can actually help you in regards to figuring out if somebody was actually hired for those positions we offer. So definitely wanna do that. Just takes a little bit of homework, but you can definitely find what we’ve had in Boston and Chicago.

Cloie: And guys, also to reel on that point, make sure that you do check out our Connected, the other five Grind Opps because this week, we have reporting job Minnesota, we’ve got film jobs in Arizona and Minnesota, and a culinary jobs in California and Ohio. You can only get those at page.

So Sharmela Ivy [SP], hi, Sharmela, wants to know if there is any advice for a beginning music producer.

DJ IZ: Yeah. That’s such a huge…it’s a simple question but it’s such a huge like vast rabbit hole.

Cloie: Oh, and people are helping her in the career feed too, amazing, it’s all up in it too. Like our feed is popping off for Sharmela, go ahead.

DJ IZ: I think anybody who’s looking to jump in to producing, you know, I think one of the things to do that’s extremely important right away, is to get a understanding of what actual producing is. So, everybody has a different idea of what that is, yeah. Everybody thinks because you make a beat your producer, or because you have a relationship with musicians that you’re producer, you know, I like to say, a producer is somebody that doesn’t necessarily have to play an instrument, doesn’t necessarily have to make a beat. If you look at what Quincy Jones did for Thriller, he was a guy that could take an idea, a concept put all the people together and execute, and then have a finish product and present it. That’s what a producer does, and that’s really what the job description is. Is somebody who can take something from scratch, get it all the way to the end of the finish line to where it’s ready, and then present it.

And through that journey, you might have, you know, a great song writer like a Ted Templeton. And then you got a Greg Phillinganes who plays keys. And then you put this body of work together, that’s what a producer does.

So, it’s really kind of understanding that. And you can also, as a producer, you can be a songwriter, you can be a dude who does the music. You can be a string player. So, all those different facets of what a producer is in, you know, if you’re talking about being a songwriter, or music producer, then you wanna have your gear, you wanna have a laptop, a computer, a recording system, whether it’s ProTools, Ableton, Logic, those are some of the things. But I think for the question that was asked, I think it’s important for you to understand what kind of producer are you looking to be, and most importantly, like what it is that you do. Like I said, are you a songwriter? Are you somebody that puts the music together? Are you somebody that can take a bunch of different components and start it, create it and finish it. So, it really depends.

Edwin: I have one real quick. What’s her name?

Cloie: Sharmela.

Edwin: Sharmela, so check this out. It’s very scary, right? When you open up logic session, any type of session, this is what I would say, it just to add to IZ. Don’t make it so hard on yourself. Get your favorite records, import them into this session. And what you’re gonna start creating is called sound alike. And you’re gonna start copying these records, and what you’re gonna start doing is you’re gonna start seeing how someone else approaches this song, right? There’s nothing new under the sun, start copying the songs. The best way that you’re gonna find your identity, is to start copying because you’re gonna see as the best way, you can teach yourself, “Oh, this arrangement go.” Literally start from hearing a song 10 times, make a list, what do you hear the first time? “Oh, I hear the kick.” “How does the kick go?” “It goes like this.” Create it, you know. “Oh, how does the snare go?” Things like that. That’s really gonna help you. Create a lot of sound alikes and then just jump in the water.

Just get in the water. Start making music and you don’t have to create because creating scratch, when you don’t have experience, it’s kind of scary, even when you’re experienced, right? It’s like, “Oh, I don’t know. I need to make something new today.” No, just make sound alikes. This is a exercise that the most expensive music sports until this day use right at the beginning. If a students, they just create sound alike of 10 top songs. It doesn’t have to be just the billboard song, anything. An Asian song, an Indian song, anything, and try to copy it in its entirety until it’s done.

DJ IZ: [crosstalk 00:57:47]

Cloie: Oh, go ahead, sorry.

DJ IZ: I’m sorry, Cloie, just one of the things I wanted to point out that is important to us, is we have Steven here who is actually…he says he’s trying to enroll now as we speak to RRFC. So I wanna make sure our team focuses on him. His name is Steven. So I wanna make sure we assist him in any way possible to make it a very painless, and very well-understanding process. Shout out to Steven who is joining to RRFC. Shout out to you Steve. Thank you.

Edwin: Shout out, yeah.

Cloie: Love it. So, Ken wants to know, I believe Ken maybe you can clarify. I think this is in reference to the Grind Opp 4 for the Globetrotters. But he wants to know on maintaining gear, is this repair or are they referring to troubleshooting as in problem solving and signal chain?

DJ IZ: Actually, maintaining gear in that environment for that Grind Opp, it’s more or less, you know, unloading, loading set-up. And you know, a lot of times, I see cats who are…because they do it every day, day in and day out, they tend to throw around gear, they don’t care about it. They put it back in the travelling cases however. So that’s to me where the quality of work being done in that environment needs to be really handled with care. Because you can take a microphone, throw it in the box, you get shipped to next venue. And now that mic sounds like crap.

So, in a technical aspect, that’s technical as it’ll be. You’re not really repairing anything, however, you should have some knowhow there, in the event something does go down. But for the most part, it’s really just understanding the gear and how to properly unload, pack back up, get it on the trucks, those kind of things, just handling with care.

Cloie: Okay. Sharmela wants to know how do you guys feel about mentors. And also, when you have zero connections, how do you get their attention?

DJ IZ: How do I feel about mentors. I think mentors are crucial. I can honestly say for my journey that is because I had such an incredible mentors that were able to share information and guide me, and let me know what’s to come. Its part of the reason why I’m here still today, doing what I love to do. Because somebody took the time, somebody that had experience, had the information took the time to pull me aside and say, “Here’s what you want to do. Here’s what to look for. Here’s how I can help you.” Because it’s one thing to take information from somebody that I never been in the game, but has all the right ideas of how you should be doing something. It’s another thing to be with somebody that does it day in, day out has made a career out of it, is successful that pours that information. And that’s what I call a Privileged Information. It’s information that most people have to pay for. And to me, that’s the difference. I mean mentors are extremely important, I mean it was vital to my journey, and I’m sure for all of us Edwin, Cloie I’m sure it’s been vital to even your guys’ has joined.

Edwin: I could have real quick to that. How do I approach them? Well, the way I did it as well when I didn’t know anybody and still I see it this way. I say, “No, people like Rick Rubin, they’re my mentor. ” Rick Rubin, Benny Blanco they’re my mentors.” Have I even met them? No, but I’ve read every single book that has been written about them. I read every single interview that they’ve done, every single video. There’s no excuse, we have technology now that could show us. Oh, this is how this person, these are his habits. This is what Rick Rubin would do. This is what Benny Blanco does every morning. Oh, let me do the same thing, you know? Even if you don’t have access to a physical mentor, get that discipline and find mentors the best of the best.

DJ IZ: Yeah.

Cloie: So, then we have Cory wants to know. This looks like the last question, like official question as opposed to just follow-ups. Cory says, “If I send you guys my resume, can you give me feedback/ help me tweak it?”

DJ IZ: Absolutely. Yeah.

Cloie: Yeah.

DJ IZ: So, Cloie let’s…

Cloie: That’s what we’re doing right now.

DJ IZ: Yeah, Cloie. Let’s remind them where they can actually send that so we can get our hands on it.

Cloie: Sure. So, you want to send that Cory and everybody else to Connected at, and like we’re seeing at the top of the show. We’ve got a bunch of stuff right now that we’re going through. So, thank you all for your patients. We’ve been just overcome by the love and people that wanna connect with us. So just please keep it coming. So, yes Cory, yes to that.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. We have another question that just came in, guys. It’s from Robert. He said, “Any advice in getting personal hands-on experienced in audio recording using ProTools? I’m a recent graduate but don’t know how to go about getting some experience, and actually recording. Whether recording myself or someone else.”

Sounds like you didn’t go to the recording connection but we got you, we got you.

Edwin: Yes, we do.

DJ IZ: I would say, let me see, graduate, but I’m gonna…I would say, man, if you got a little setup, you know, maybe reach out to…actually, if you got a guitar center in your area, you can find a slew of musicians waiting to get in the studio at a guitar center. And if you got a little setup or you got access to a setup, you know, I’m sure you can get somebody to come in and say, “Hey, man, is it possible I can just maybe record you for an hour or two, and maybe in return, I’ll give a CD or physical piece of your recording that you can have.” And so it’s a fair trade off. but that’s a great way to get some experience of recording, you know, a musician at and allows you to start getting your techniques down as far as what you’re gonna run the guitar through, or if you want to do a drummer, or you start building up that experience. So, that’s probably a great way. And you can also do a reach out on your social media, reach out to any musicians in the area, and get your engineering chops going. I mean that’s probably the quickest way you can get some personal hands-on experience in recording.

Edwin: What if we do a little bit more practical though? What if he…what’s his name, sorry?

Male: His name is Robert.

Edwin: What if Robert goes to his local high school, talk to the director there, “Hey, can I just record the band?” You’re gonna have a jazz band. You’re like, “I just wanna record.” And you gonna have high school kids that hey, they’re excited to record, right? They’re not gonna be amazing but not only are you’re gonna improve as engineer, you’re gonna improve as…

Cloie: Or they might be.

Edwin: Or they might be, you know, but if the worst…they are the better because you’re gonna improve, no, make it. So, let me make these guys sound good. You’re gonna learn how to be a vocal producer, you’re gonna learn how to be a producer, you’re gonna learn how to be a great engineer. And it’s like I think there’s a lot of practical ways that you could approach these things. There’s a lot of kids that they would be excited, a lot of teenagers. You go obviously go to administration, you know, and be like, “Hey I’ll give you guys the recording for free, let me just record.” And yeah, every single Tuesday and Wednesday when there’s jazz band, go and you can try X pairs, X, Y, space pairs. All these different things and really, really there’s a lot of options you could do. Think outside the box.

Cloie: Which leads me into like our last little comment. Because our feed is blowing up with what our Connected faithfuls helping each other. So it’s like guys, yes, live and do. Wayne E. says, “You are mentoring right now. Appreciate your time, addressing our dreams and desires in the field of recording.”

Edwin: Amazing.

DJ IZ: Now, here’s what’s great, here’s what’s also great that I love about our Q&A now. I’m looking at a message from Mason. and he’s actually saying to another person who is in our Q&A, he’s saying, “At Robert, if you add on FB, I can direct you to a group that we share Stems on. you can download MultiTrack for free to practice on.” See, now that’s like in its purist form of Connected.

Cloie: Yes.

DJ IZ: Now, folks are connecting with each other and all of that helps benefit each other as far as…

Cloie: This is how you build a network.

DJ IZ: This is how you build a network.

Edwin: And make sure you maintain the network. Follow-up guys, every week, how are you? Don’t just talk about music. “Hey, who are you? I don’t know you…”

Cloie: And don’t just always talk about yourself, right? Ask questions and listen to the answers.

Edwin: Exactly. Help each other. That’s amazing, I’m excited.

DJ IZ: Dope, dope. Well, guys I think we are at 12:07 now so we have seven more minutes, and it’s, you know, that’s what happens when great things are going on and the vibe was right. You just go. There’s no time-frame.

Cloie: You just go.

DJ IZ: You just go. but it’s another great thing guys. Do not forget there’s an additional five jobs on our site that you can connect to. And this is something we do here every week for those of you who tuned in for the first time, we are here every Monday 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Do not sleep, catch us on our social media IZ Connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, track our data.

Cloie: Where do they find you IZ?

DJ IZ: They find me at iz_avila and you can see what I got going on, and you can see what Cloie’s got going on hers and shout out to my man, Edwin, who is the guru, the author of jobs, resumes, information. It’s always fun having you here man, we love you bro and thanks for chiming in on our Grind Opps and our Q&A. You’re definitely a huge component to our team. Shout out to the rest of our team, Mike, Howie, Brian, Michael, Shelby [SP], Jay…

Cloie: Michael others, yes.

DJ IZ: Still love you, I’m still bitter about our thanksgiving dinner, and I will continue to bless you all who didn’t make it, but I love you guys. Edwin get the pass because Edwin’s, I don’t know he’s just special. That was special. But yes don’t forget to tune in here next week on Monday and also you can catch us on our Google Play and Podcasts. I’m your host DJ IZ, love being here. My lovely co-host.

Cloie: I’m Cloie Wyatt Taylor, guys. Thank you for tuning in today.

DJ IZ: And our job guru, Mr. Edwin the man.

Edwin: Big hugs everybody. let’s just keep going guys, let’s just keep fighting.

DJ IZ: Absolutely. And on that note we are out. Love you all, keep it Grind in today’s Monday movement, get out there and get things going, get off your mamas couch if you’re still on it. We will [inaudible 1:08:28] next week. I’m IZ, peace.


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