SPARS mentoring programs receive enthusiastic reception at recent AES Convention

AES 2012 Mentoring_1

In the packed hallway, attendees sign in and wait for for the doors to open

SPARS produced several expanded Ask SPARS mentoring sessions at the recent 133rd AES Convention held in San Francisco, October 26-29, 2012. SPARS produced small group sessions in room 132 and for the first time, conducted one-on-one mentoring in the SPARS Mentoring Booth on the exhibit floor.

AES 2012 Sound for Picture Mentoring

Attendees ask questions in one of the Sound for Picture groups

The 33 year old recording association produced a two hour speed mentoring session on the second day of the convention, moving some 250 attendees through six career tracks in the areas of gaming, live sound / recording, manufacturing, mastering, sound for picture and studio production. The small face to face groups allowed students, recent graduates and other recording professionals the opportunity to ask questions and receive career advice from more than 26 of the most respected leaders of the industry.

AES 2012 Mentors

The group of gracious SPARS Mentors poses for a brief picture following the successful sessions

The hall outside the SPARS mentoring room was packed prior to the event as participants checked in and waited for the doors to open. The next two hours were a constant movement of excited candidates as those participating rotated from group to group. The positive feed back and comments from participants and mentors alike are an indication the Ask SPARS program is a hit.

AES 2012 Studio Recording Mentoring

Particpants in one of the Studio Recording groups

In addition to the small group sessions, SPARS offered one-on-one mentoring to convention attendees in the SPARS Mentoring Booth located near the main entrance to the exhibit floor. With the support of the Audio Engineering Society, the booth allowed two pairs of mentors and mentees to conduct 30 minute intensive career counseling appointments throughout the three days of the show. Participants and mentors signed up in advance, met at the SPARS booth and proceeded to the mentoring area.

Garrett Bentley Dave Hampton Mentoring

SPARS board member Dave Hampton mentors Garrett Bentley in the SPARS mentoring booth on the exhibit floor

The responses to both these programs have been gratifying, as one recent comment from a participant can attest, “I would again like to thank you for all the information you provided me. I now feel more confident in what I am doing and feel that I have a substantial amount of direction on what to do and what to work on in my potential path to success.”

AES 2012 Gaming Mentoring

Attendees discuss gaming opportunities in one of the Gaming groups

Kirk Imamura Ali Mohsini Mentoring

SPARS President Kirk Imamura meets with Ali Mohsini on the exhibit floor in the SPARS booth


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