Vocational area: Music Production
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Working at actual studios has helped me understand how it all works and I can be more confident and comfortable when I work in other studios. I’ve got my first link in the industry and I can use it to promote myself when I start publishing music.
I wanted to gain professional experience at a music-focused workplace and to explore a new country. Record labels and managers are constantly on the lookout for experienced musicians. It would be hard to be a part of the industry without experience; this placement appealed to my needs.
Big musicians have to travel a lot to get their music out and work in different studios worldwide. Working in a completely new country would help me become more adaptable, and increase my social and communication skills.
I worked at a local community radio station which is a part of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. When I started, I was shown the office and was taught how to use the recording equipment.
I was mainly working as a producer and made a song for the radio station to use as a background for announcements and radio DJs. I had the opportunity to record myself making an announcement for an event. My recording was put on the official radio and can be heard by others.
I got to know the staff and other volunteers who were working there or using the equipment.
This placement helped me to mature mentally and get better at quickly adapting to new environments.
I’ve always wanted to visit Canada and finally being able to felt like a dream come true. The beaches are beautiful; I watched the sunset multiple times at wreck beach and it was amazing. The air is very clean and it’s refreshing to go out whether it’s to do specific activities or just to go on a walk.
I went to Granville street and Robson Street to shop; these streets are full of stores and people. There are a variety of restaurants of different cultures. Canada is very LGBTQIA+ friendly and accepting of everyone which is always nice to see.
Through my placement, I’ve got my first link in the industry and I can use it to promote myself when I start publishing music. The radio station said I can send them my music and they can put it on their radio, giving me free promotion! Being promoted in a different country means my music will be heard by more people.
Working at actual studios helped me understand how it all works which means I can be more confident and comfortable when I work in other studios.
Meeting new people, living and working in a new country, living in dorms has helped me increase my communication and social skills and independence. I’ve come to realise that I love to travel and go to new places, so I hope I can do that in the future. It will help me at University, where I will be studying Music Technology.
Exposure to cultural experience
Improved people skills
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