— Hugh Laurie (via thatkindofwoman)
Most of the shit you think you absolutely “have to do” isn’t actually shit you have to do at all.
You don’t have to check your email on your phone when you first wake up. You don’t have to respond to voice messages right away. You don’t have to use Twitter. You don’t have to drink at happy hour or own an iPad or wear heels or watch the news. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur and you don’t have to love yoga and you don’t have to do a 3-day juice cleanse. You just… don’t.
And you know what else? All of the things you really do want but aren’t doing because you think you need more time or more money or more whatever are actually things you could start doing right now. Today. No matter what.
Words to live by.
Don’t think I could ever get tired of this song.
Anonymous asked: So I was reading the question someone asked about doing sound in college and I'm actually going to do radio production major at a college in LA. Im wanting to do sound and tour with bands as well along with interning, but it raised the question, in your opinion, do you think there are a lot of opportunities to do these things with this major besides radio stations? Thank you.
Let’s preface this with: I have not studied audio or radio production, so my response is based on what limited knowledge I have of what a radio production major studies in college.
Are your classes teaching you solely about radio, or is it more audio based? Is there an audio program in which you can take classes?
It goes back to the last question about radio/college, your major doesn’t necessarily dictate where you go from there. However, if you want to work in sound, and there’s an audio program available, is there a reason you’re choosing radio production over audio? If you’re looking to tour, especially as a sound engineer, audio training will likely never hurt your chances. Unless you’re the kind of person unwilling to learn anything outside of what you learned in the classroom, even from those in audio for twenty, thirty years. Don’t be that person. Local sound guys can get real mean, real fast.
There are a lot of opportunities in LA, period. You just have to be willing to work hard and sacrifice any semblance of a life for awhile to get that base foundation down. Since this is a city of networks, if you have the opportunity, major in the field you want to be in. Especially since you’re at college in LA. Many teachers can help, your fellow students are great people to keep in touch with, and the opportunity for guest speakers in your desired fields which you can network with is key.
One thing, be careful about programs that are set on teaching an industry in the way it is right now. For example, and I’m dating myself here, one film program I was in would only teach undergrads about news broadcast production using film cameras. They wouldn’t even consider discussing the inevitable explosion of digital production, which was on the brink that year, and spent months making sure we knew every facet of a physical piece of film. So now people who finished that program had a wealth of knowledge which was basically useless within a year or two. Had the same experience in a music industry class which taught us about the mainstream record labels, and how it was only a matter of time before indie labels folded. Teacher hadn’t ever actually worked in the music industry.
Just keep in mind: Fundamentals are important to learn. But make sure if your college program isn’t keeping up on the current industry, that you are.
Anonymous asked: Hi I was the person who sent the two messages of going to college and pretty much getting somewhere and I just wanted to say thank you so much for responding and for taking the time. I guess I'm just nervous about things not working out and figuring out how to make all the connections, but I guess I'll figure that out when I get there. I do know there will be at least a 30 min commute on public transportation and a whole lot of hard work but I know it will be worth it so thank you again! :D
You’re welcome. It’s completely okay to feel nervous, and not quite sure about how you’re going to accomplish what you want. Everyone feels that way, whether they’re 18, 30, 45, or 60+. Use that uneasy feeling to fuel your drive to go after what you want.
If you can swing it - invest in a cheap car. Mostly for safety reasons. Trust me, you get stuck in Downtown LA & Union Station for one night in the middle of a freezing January with no coat and very little cash to your name with no way home, you’ll start to question every decision you’ve ever made. Oh, just me? We’ll carry on, then.
Anyway, best of luck at Northridge and in your chosen educational path. Feel free to send me an email once you’re out here, though I’m sure our paths will cross eventually in this tiny industry.
The most honest, truthful, flat out best description of Warped Tour I’ve ever read by Geoff Rickly.
Blood on the Dance Floor makes me feel old and irrelevant. Why? Because I don’t know what the fuck it is. It’s electro-pop-scream-metal-violence in goth drag that celebrates “cumming” on the audience with giant foam canons and has one of the most positive, inspirational record inserts that I’ve ever read. It’s either horrible nonsense or next-level art. But it’s truly made me realize, I don’t know the difference. So the singer with red hair and scary make-up told me that Thursday’s song, “You know,” he says, “the car crash one” changed his life. Luckily I was wasted and said, “How can I change it back?” Rimshot, dad… Am I right?
Originally snagged from AbsolutePunk.
Went to visit family in town, ended up on the Backstreet Boys Instagram. (The one holding a Starbucks cup, naturally.)
Eight year-old me is dancing in place, unable to speak through all the excitement. Followed by a hand on the hip, inquisitive glance to my twenty-something self, “You didn’t see The Backstreet Boys because you went to a play instead? … Is Jim Carrey in it?”
If we’re being real, though: Reading an announcement in the newspaper about the Backstreet Boys coming to town way back in the ’90s was the first time I ever realized groups like that had a whole touring crew, and if an awkward, incredibly shy little kid in Orange County could ever do something like that.
From my twenty-something self to that eight year-old: Not bad, kid. Not bad.
(Blanked out a bullying remark caught in the comments, ‘cause ain’t nobody got time for that.)
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