By the time she was 18 years old, Film Connection apprentice Ashley Price had already completed a full length feature script and film all on her own. For The Day the Duck Derby Died
, which Ashley describes as a drama, she went out and bought a camera and brought together friends from her church group to film the movie. With the help of her mother Tanya, Ashley was able to put together her entire film! Ashley also happens to be a professional harpist, and even got some time in front of the camera playing the harp during another production when someone noticed her wearing an “I play harp” pin.
Ashley is currently wrapping up her apprenticeship with mentor Steve Carmichael at Radiant 3 Productions in Atlanta, GA. Both Ashley and her parents agree that there couldn’t have been a better fit and Steve has helped her every step of the way. Congratulations, Ashley!
San Antonio-based guitarist, producer, engineer and Recording Connection graduate Dominic Cerna has wasted no time getting his career off the ground. His electro-rock band The Taking was recently signed by manager T.J. Sagen (Disturbed, Device, Art of Dying, WERM) of JBM Management in Chicago!
The journey to national management began when Dominic visited Los Angeles with The Taking last year to record some demos with producers Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, Korn, Macy Gray), Mike Gonsolin (Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg) and Nick Nitolli at Trend Def Studios in West Hollywood. About a month and a half ago, while he was rehearsing with the band in their hometown of San Antonio, TX, Dominic got a call from the Creative Services Department of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, who wanted to used some of the band’s music after hearing some of the tunes they had posted online. “They wanted to use our totally self-produced single titled ‘Anywhere’ in the Spurs’ arena (AT&T Center) and for other promotional media during the Spurs’ 2014 playoff run,” says Dominic. “Of course, we were stoked.”
About that same time, the band’s single, “The Bitter End”
was played on KLOS-95.5 FM in Los Angeles during the Heidi and Frank Morning Show. Moments after the song aired, a well-known manager by the name of T.J. Sagen received a phone call from his brother, who just happened to be listening, to tell him about The Taking. T.J. contacted the band, and soon after, The Taking showcased for him in San Antonio. He liked what he saw and heard, and a management agreement was reached.
“We worked our asses off to get here, but now the real work begins,” says Dominic. “Having a manager like T.J. really brings us to a new level of professionalism even though we’ve always set the standards pretty high for ourselves. We’re going above and beyond with him.”
Dominic credits his mentor Mark Sinko for much of his success. “Big thanks to Mark at Salmon Peak Studios and Recording Connection for helping me get prepared for this amazing new venture with our new management, JBM,”
he says. “The other guys in the band are engineers as well so we have many useful weapons firing at all times in our main studio and at our home studios.”
Congrats to Dominic and The Taking!
Follow The Taking & Dominic Cerna on twitter @TheTakingBand and @TheTakingDom for updates, and find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thetakingband
. You can also hear “The Bitter End,”
the single that brought this dream to reality, in the “Apprentices and Mentor Media” section below!
Radio Connection apprentice Cordell Woodland (Washington, DC) recently found work at ESPN Sports Radio. Near the end of his radio apprenticeship with Luke Stewart at WPFW Jazz FM, Cordell began an internship at ESPN in time for football season, where he eventually moved into board operations, and finally to reporting live from the locker room. Way to go!