Top Industry Pros Endorse RRFC!
The Recording, Radio, Film Connection and CASA Schools is known as an industry leader in helping break people into careers in broadcasting, recording, film and culinary. In fact, our methods are so successful (and make so much sense) that we’ve been publicly endorsed by some of the top names in these industries. Here are just a few major industry professionals who mentor for, partner with or officially endorse RRFC’s mentor-apprentice (extern) training approach as the best way to break into the business.
Dave Pensado - Grammy-Winning Audio Engineer
Grammy-winning audio engineer Dave Pensado is one of the most well-connected and respected audio professionals within the music industry. Along with Herb Trawick, Dave hosts the highly popular YouTube show "Pensado's Place," offering advice and tips for audio professionals and featuring interviews with top music producers, engineers. RRFC is proud to sponsor this show for its quality of education, and Dave has been a very vocal supporter of the Recording Connection, as well. See what he had to say about our program in a recent episode of "Pensado's Place" with noted engineer Linny Linesch (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros), who also happens to be a Recording Connection mentor.
Larry King - TV Host
With decades of experience in broadcasting (best known as the host of CNN's Larry King Live for 25 years), Larry King is a true industry veteran who knows the ins and outs of breaking into the business. Larry is an RRFC endorser, and recently hosted our own CEO Jimi Petulla on his current program Larry King NOW (available on Hulu). Check out the interview below!
Hans Zimmer - Film Score Composer
When someone mentions film music these days, the first name that usually comes to mind is Hans Zimmer. An Oscar-winner and four-time Grammy winner, Hans has composed original scores for the famed Dark Knight trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), as well as films like Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, Inception and a host of others. Having entered this industry as a self-taught musician with no formal training, he understands the power of mentoring more than most, having been mentored himself—so it's little surprise that he fully endorses our mentor-apprentice (extern) teaching approach.
Warren Huart - Music Producer
A multi-platinum producer and songwriter, Warren Huart has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt and Howie Day—and yet, with a passion for up-and-comers, he makes time to record and produce a number of indie acts, as well. Not only is Warren an avid supporter of RRFC, he also mentors for the Recording Connection, and in fact only takes on apprentices exclusively through our program.
Known for his work on Platoon, Wall Street, JFK and many other films, three-time Oscar winning director Oliver Stone is a true industry legend. He fully supports RRFC's on-the-job teaching approach, and partners with us to help young filmmakers enter the industry.
Tim Palmer - Music Producer
A true music industry veteran, Tim Palmer has produced, engineered and mixed records for the likes of Pearl Jam, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, Faith Hill, U2, Blue October and many, many others. A staunch supporter of our Recording Connection program, he says, "Knowing how to run a session and seeing for yourself what it's about, one on one, is invaluable. That's why I like Recording Connection."
Dr. Drew Pinsky - Radio/TV Host
An actual M.D., "Dr. Drew" is particularly known for his work in addiction recovery, having worked on numerous radio and television shows including Loveline, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and Dr. Drew's Lifechangers. Having partnered with Judge Mathis in reaching out to RRFC (see the video above), Dr. Drew also supports our mentoring approach to education.
Judge Mathis - TV Judge, Community Activist
Known for his role as a television judge on the CW, Greg Mathis is also a strong community advocate, having founded numerous organizations for the empowerment of troubled and underprivileged young people. Judge Mathis, along with TV personality Dr. Drew, recently reached out to RRFC to help a troubled young man turn his life around and pursue his dream of being a filmmaker. We gladly agreed to help, and RRFC's Chief Academic Officer Brian Kraft appeared on Dr. Drew's Lifechangers to offer the young man a full scholarship to the Film Connection.
Russell Simmons - Hip Hop Mogul
A legend in the hip-hop community, Russell Simmons has partnered with RRFC's Recording Connection to help provide career training for promising young artists who lack the funds to pay for an education. He recently reached out to the Recording Connection to help out a promising up-and-coming music producer, whom we placed in one of New York's best recording studios for one-on-one training.
Grant Heslov - Film Actor/Producer/Director
A film industry veteran, Grant Heslov's most recent accolade was an Oscar win as a producer on Ben Affleck's film Argo, which won Best Motion Picture of the year in 2013. Other credits include August: Osage County, The Ides of March and The Men Who Stare at Goats. Grant is a firm supporter of RRFC's on-the-job training approach, and has even agreed to hear pitches from our film students.