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Supa Important Recording Studio Intern Rules

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Supa Important Recording Studio Intern Rules

  1. Be on time! Typically interns and assistants arrive an hour early for every session.  Showing up late could cost you your job as a rookie in this business.
  2. Don’t be afraid to do the grunt work.  Taking out trash, mopping floors, and being a runner all day isn’t the most glamorous job, however if you can’t be trusted to do these simple tasks how can you be trusted with an artists’ most prized possession (music).
  3. Respect everyone.  Besides the fact that every person in a professional environment deserves respect, you never know who you’re talking to and dealing with in a recording studio.  Saying the wrong thing to the wrong person could end your career before it even starts.
  4. Put your cell phones away.  This is important for a couple reasons.  First you have to stay connected in a session. Texting and or being on social media disconnects you easily.  You don’t want to be asked to do something and be lost because you weren’t paying attention.  Secondly when you’re in a session, everything about the session, is confidential and there is absolutely no recording or social networking about the session allowed whatsoever.  If an artist even feels like you could be doing so you may be asked to leave.
  5. DO NOT “fan out” when you meet the artists.  If you’re good at what you do, chances are you’re going to come in contact with celebrity musicians and artists.  Remember the studio is their workplace and in a session you’re their co-worker, NOT a fan.  NEVER ask for an autograph or picture with the artist. Sessions go bad real fast when interns and engineers fan out.  Just relax and be professional.
  6. DO NOT try to promote your music as an intern.   Again artist and music industry professionals see the studio as a professional work environment.  Almost every major studio will fire you on the spot for trying to slip someone your CD or even talk about your music and how “hot” you are.  Just don’t do it.
  7. Last but not least, BE GOOD at what you do.  Know your stuff and stay ready.  You never know when it may be your time to shine.  If they call on you to run a session be ready to kill it.  Use any downtime in the studio to practice and troubleshoot issues with recording, mixing, etc.  They say if you stay ready you won’t have to get ready!
  8. REMEMBER INTERNS BECOME BOSSES SO STAY FOCUSED!! GOODLUCK