As part of it’s expanded Ask SPARS mentoring initiative, SPARS recently completed another of it’s Ask SPARS Online Webinars with students enrolled in the recording technology program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. The Ask SPARS event involved a on-line hookup between members of the audio engineering club and SPARS member Shaun Wall. The webinar, whose topic was “Live Sound,” allowed students to learn more about the live sound industry, including production opportunities as well as general career issues.
Some of the topics covered in the on-line webinar were:
- How to make connections and increase your opportunities (from meeting a band for the first time to being on the road and working festivals)
- What skills are needed to be a successful live sound engineer (including interpersonal skills and making the band feel comfortable)
- How to communicate with others while touring (with members of the band, crew, venue staff, etc.)
- Using the gear at the venue vs. hauling your own gear
- How to adjust sound going from sound check to a crowded venue
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The webinar was made possible through the support of Wally Messner, Recording Technology Program Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin and Rick Senechal, SPARS Board Member and SPARS Foundation Advisory Board Member, Microsoft Studios.
In addition to its expanded on-line Ask SPARS mentoring programs, SPARS is offering on-line resume evaluation assistance to SPARS member schools to better equip their graduates for the post graduation world. The first of these resume evaluations was recently completed for SPARS member school, Appalachian State University. SPARS board members and other SPARS members evaluated resumes from some 10 App State seniors offering helpful suggestions regarding structure and content.
Schools and individuals who have an interest in learning more about SPARS expanded on-line mentoring programs are encouraged to contact the SPARS National Office at 800.771.7727.