THE RECORDING, RADIO, FILM CONNECTION AND CASA ONLY PARTNER WITH THE MOST EXPERIENCED MENTORS
When you train students in a classroom, you can often get by with hiring teachers with minimal experience in the field, as long as they have the credentials. When you train your students as apprentices (externs) on-the-job, like RRFC does, you have to do things a bit differently. To train someone on-the-job effectively, you have to know what you’re doing. That’s why the Recording, Radio, Film Connection and CASA only partners with the most experienced working professionals to teach our students.
Experience Matters—For the Teacher AND the Student
In the industries of film, broadcasting, recording and culinary, believe it or not, your level of education is not what opens doors for you. Not at all. Despite what any school tries to tell you, no one gets hired in these industries simply on the merit of their diploma or college degree. Chances are, they won't even ask you where you went to school!
But they WILL ask you this: "What experience do you have?"
That's right: potential employers in these industries aren't interested in your diploma, degree or certificate (including the one you'll earn from RRFC). They're interested in knowing whether you can do the job, as shown by your prior experience. They're also interested in whether other industry pros you've worked with are willing to vouch for you. This is perhaps the most valuable thing you'll take away from RRFC—the ability to say, "I have on-the-job experience."
So…if it's so important for YOU to have experience—why wouldn't it be even MORE important for your MENTOR to have it? That's exactly why we insist that all our mentors don't just work in the business, but that they have years of proven experience under their belts. That way, both we and you can be assured that you're getting a real-world education that will produce results for your career.
Recording Connection Mentors' Experience
The vast majority of Recording Connection mentors have more than a decade of experience working in the industry.
Our mentors have worked with bands and artists you know and love. Many of them have Gold and Platinum Records on their walls, and some have Grammy Awards on their shelves. Producers and engineers with this kind of experience will be able to teach you things you can't learn in the textbooks!
To learn more about our Recording Connection mentors, click here.
Film Connection Mentors' Experience
When choosing mentors for our Film Connection students, we look for people who don't just know the technical skills, but who are making a successful living doing what they do.
Many of these professionals own their own production companies, working on a variety of projects ranging from corporate commercial work to feature films. They have actual film credits on movies you've seen. These pros won't just teach you to work the camera, place lights or run Premiere Pro. They'll teach you how to think and act like a film professional—how to position yourself for industry success.
To learn more about our Film Connection mentors, click here.
Radio Connection Mentors' Experience
When it comes to experience in broadcasting, none can match the collective experience of our Radio Connection mentors.
They've worked in major market stations as radio DJs, producers and program directors; many of them host and syndicate their own shows, both on terrestrial and Internet radio. These professionals have the proven experience not just to teach you how to talk into a microphone or run the board, but also how to survive in the competitive world of broadcasting. These are true professionals who will teach you to think like a professional.
To learn more about our Radio Connection mentors, click here.
Chef Apprentice School of the Arts Mentors' Experience
When seeking out mentors for our newest program, Chef Apprentice School of the Arts, we wanted to be certain the people training our students were highly successful, in order to increase the chances for our students' success.
So we sought out master chefs and successful restaurateurs across the country with the strongest reputations and the longest track records of success. We didn't just ask these professionals to mentor our culinary students, but we also sought out their input in crafting the curriculum. The end result is a practical, hands-on education built on years of experience that will truly prepare you for a successful career.
To learn more about our Chef Apprentice School of the Arts mentors, click here.