Ask SPARS Resume Review Appalachian State University Spring 2014


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App State Students in the Studio.

App State Students in the Studio.

SPARS Board Members and other recording professionals will be reviewing resumes from students enrolled in the Recording Program at Appalachian State University. The review process will take place March 21, 2014 through March 28, 2014 under the supervision of Scott Wynn, Chief Recording Engineer and Assistant Professor of Music in the Hayes School of Music.


10 senior level student’s resumes will be reviewed.


March 21, 2014 – March 28, 2014


Kirk Imamura – As President of Avatar Studios, a multi-room recording facility housed in a four-story building, he wears many hats. His responsibilities include “back office” functions such as business & strategic planning, finances, marketing, human resources and overall operational management. He has a General Manager who directly screens and hires interns. Kirk gets involved with hiring maintenance technicians and other senior level positions. Avatar Studios places more weight on experience when it comes to hiring. References from people whose opinions that are trusted go a long way as well.

My name is Charlie Kramsky. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology. After graduating, I got an internship at Avatar Studios in New York City. This internship turned into a job at Avatar, where I was on staff for a little under 4 years. Currently, I am chief audio engineer at Blue Rock Studio in Austin, TX. As chief engineer, I give my input and insight on possible interns for our studio and tech team. We primarily take interns from university programs who come highly regarded from their professors.

Chris & Yoli Mara
We own and operate “Welcome To 1979” recording studio in Nashville, TN.  We both interview and train new interns, who we hope to grow into paid positions after their internship is completed.  Our work force is all former interns, and has been since the inception of the studio.  Admittedly, we don’t take a lot of stock in resumes, however; we feel that they are a nice tool to use during an interview as topic starters.  Unsolicited resumes that are sent in to us immediately end up in the trash can.  We state that fact to encourage networking and personal connections prior to sending resumes.  We also like to know the life goals of people we work with and how they see themselves fitting in to what we do at Welcome To 1979.  Stating your goals on the top of your resume is paramount, and a widely excepted resume practice.

Rick Senechal – Media Architect – Microsoft Production Studios
Microsoft Production Studios is the largest and most in depth production facility in the region and the largest corporate facility in North America. The audio team offers a very wide range of services such as, music production, post, broadcast, sonic branding, location audio, sound design, production design, stage work, UI design and live sound. We have a staff of five audio engineers and when we hire we look for what I call the three P’s, passion (does your love of audio production drive you), people skills (we are a service business) and horse power. Horse power is a term used by some to talk about intelligence. When we hire typically we get 30-50 resumes from all over the country and the quality level of resumes vary a great deal. Some of them are so poorly written that they are dismissed due to the lack of seriousness. Many of the resumes show a list of gear and little to nothing about what services (the source of our revenue) they can provide. Cover letters often are very broad with little reference to the role they are applying for. I strongly encourage you to learn about the company you are applying to and in your cover letter express what working for them is important to you. I have interviewed many audio people over the years and some of them are just looking for a way to make money. If they aren’t inspired to be part of my team then why would I be inspired to hire them? Lastly, take time to think about how you present yourself. Be upbeat, friendly and always stay away from negative statements.

Sherri Tantleff has been passionate about the audio industry for over 25 years. She was Studio Manager/VP of Operations at Manhattan’s audio post facility, Sync Sound for 16 years. During her time there, one of her responsibilities was hiring. Having conducted many interviews, reviewed hundreds of resumes and hiring many entry- level employees she brings a unique perspective and offers constructive feedback to students. Currently, she is Industry Outreach Manager for Full Sail University. There she works for their Career Development Department as a national liaison to the audio and entertainment business industries. She attends many industry conferences and events in addition to helping students with resumes and mock interviews.

Shaun Wall
I miss the studio…badly. I love live and have being doing so for 15 years. I’m also currently a touring engineer, so the things that stand out to me are what would make me consider “would I give this person a chance to go out on the road?” While many of the fundamental skills apply in the studio or in live, just know that I possess a particular bent and live and studio each apply these skills slightly differently. So, if something sticks out to me it’s because I’ve found it valuable on the road. Things that don’t stand out to me are likely just as valuable, they just sit in a different place in my awareness. I’m happy to chat more specifically on any of your resumes, so please feel free to contact me with any further questions.