Comments from AES 2012 SPARS Events held in San Francisco Part 1

From Student, Jon Kita:

“Hey Paul! It’s Jon, the Sound Design guy who gave you the guitar pick along with the business card out at AES in San Francisco. I am from The New England Institute of Art and am one of John Krivit’s people over there. I wanted to follow-up with you to find out what my next step in the SPARS Mentoring program should be.

I have signed up for the SPARS mentoring program and wanted to know where I should start next. I was excited to see that Kyrsten Mate was a part of the Speed Mentoring process in San Francisco and had hoped to get a session with her but there we’re none left by the time I had become aware of them.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to see her speak on a panel for Sound Design and was able to pass off a copy of my submission for the Category 4 Sound for Motion Picture Student Competition. I got some great feedback from Lora Hirschberg who was one of the judges in the competition and am hoping to stay in close contact with them in the coming year before graduation. If there were any way that I might be able to coordinate some sort of mentoring program with them I would be truly beside myself…my life has never been the same since I heard the sound of a lightsaber.

I think I speak for all of the students from NEiA when I say that the awards night at Coast Recorders was a turning point in all of our lives. I have been in the performance side of the music industry for the last 15 years. The band I am in has toured the States over 50 times, Europe 5 times and the Pacific Rim twice. There was never a moment in that time that I ever thought there was any point in asking somebody within the industry to help us in our path. Everybody in that particular aspect of the industry is usually looking out for themselves and getting to the next level before the next band does. There is just so much competition. I had always thought that the Production side of Audio was likely to be the same.

I couldn’t have been more wrong…and I thank you, Chris Stone and Kirk Imamura from the bottom of my heart for letting me know.

I am stopping at nothing to get to where I want to be professionally and I believe that this organization is going to be a key element in getting to where I hope to be. You guys seem to be in it for the right reasons and I respect the hell out of you all for being so willing to give back to us.

I would love to pass along a resume, my working portfolio, albums that I have Produced and or Engineered, Album Art & Corporate Graphic Design I have done as well as my Berklee & NEiA transcript, (I hope to maintain my 4.0 until graduation) and whatever else I can to prove to you guys that I am 100% serious about this. I also believe in the karma of giving back. I have been tutoring and working as a Teacher’s Assistant for the last few semesters at NEiA.

Let me know what I can do to help facilitate this process.

Thanks again Paul.”

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