Today our wonderful friend and Produce Like A Pro team member, Eric, is joining us to share how he got into the music industry, and to pass along advice on how you can get your start in the industry as well!
Eric currently works as the Studio Manager for Spitfire Studios, as well as is an Engineer and Videographer for Warren Huart.
Growing up, Eric was always interested in music and had the dream of wanting to be a famous rockstar. He played in bands, but as he got older realized that you can’t just decide to be a rockstar, and then all of the sudden you become one. After this, he started thinking about what other options there are in the music industry.
To figure out what direction he wanted to go in in the industry, he sought internship opportunities and it was through this work that he figured out he wanted to be hands on in music and figured out how to work ProTools, Sound Design, etc.
To get more training and to learn more of the basics, he went to two different schools, one of which was a Community College, and the other was Recording Connections.
After this, Eric wanted to seek paid job opportunities. Instead of waiting around for an opportunity to come to him, he googled recording studios in LA and sent his resume to all the studios he could find. After getting no response, he started just emailing Engineers directly. One of which, was Warren!
Out of all the people Eric emailed, Warren was one of the most qualified he reached out to, and he even second guessed sending the email since he thought he would never get a reply from someone this established in recording and mixing.
Warren ended up being one of the only people who replied and Eric got an internship with him, which then lead to a full time job.
It’s important to remember that you never know who is going to respond or see your work/resume, so it’s important to not doubt yourself and to try every possible opportunity you can. You can’t sit around waiting for opportunities; you need to have initiative and find opportunities for yourself and don’t give up on reaching out, seeking opportunities, and do everything you can to better yourself and your work!
Watch the video below to get more advice on how to get started in the music industry!