I’ve been meaning to start chronicling my intern adventures for a while now, actually since I started about a month ago… but it’s been difficult to keep up with everything that’s going on in life from The Lost Dial to workshops to commercials I’m producing to keeping up with new contacts I’m meeting from all areas of the business. I have managed to keep up with some of the big blockbusters that hit theaters and writing reviews for them in somewhat of a timely manner. But overall, I feel I’ve been neglecting the Indoob and I sincerely apologize. As the saying (and apparently my mantra) goes “Life happens.” And at this point, it’s happening faster than I can keep up with. It’s already July! (more…)
July 8, 2011
June 7, 2011
I neglected to mention what I’ve been up to the past few weeks and the radio (and now podcast) I’m apart of now. We’re called The Lost Dial, my comrades are called the Lost Dial Crew… or The LD Crew… or just the crew…
What are we about? Well, anything newsworthy or worth talking about. We aim for the morning drive style of talk radio, giving you news and fact in an informal and amusing way. We have our opinions and we aren’t afraid to voice them. The show was conceived from the leader of the crew, Mike D. He’s joined by co-hosts C-Loss (Chris) and myself. Our producer is Carolyn who sometimes joins in on the banter. She’s often heard in the background either laughing or throwing in witty remarks from the couch or anywhere else around the studio. Pete and Sharon the Cougar give us charity news every week, and Haley gives us local music reports.
The show’s grassroots of The Lost Dial come from our graduating class of Connecticut School of Broadcasting. We had to do a talk radio show for one of our finals, we enjoyed it so much, we decided to keep it going. Actually, it’s one of the perks of being a graduate at CSB and it’s encouraged for potential employers to check us out and maybe hire us for a radio station outside of the school.
My job, besides being a personality, is board operator and social network contact. I share some of those duties with Carolyn, but for the most part, I’m making sure we have a presence the internets. I admit I haven’t been doing a lot of tweeting with our official Twitter @TheLostDial, but I’m hoping to change that now that we are getting a bigger following.
One of the jobs I’m most proud of is setting our show up as a podcast. Even as I type this, I’m waiting to hear if iTunes will accept our humble podcast in their immense stable. But in the meantime, you can download us over at PodBean (and coincidentally, subscribe until iTunes includes us in their store).
So please, take a listen to the show! Like us! Be a fan! Send us feedback! (We’ll give you a shout out too!)
May 13, 2011
It’s the return of the fripod posts. I thought I was going to have more of a fanfare about it, but it’s not necessary. Anyway, due to an email I received yesterday about certificates and such being in the mail, I can confidently say that I’ve officially graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting!
BUT! My journey isn’t over. I just completed phase I, which is the training. Phase 2 is job placement, which they assist with as well. I’ve already started and will be returning to the studios to start recording my demos for future voice over work.
These are some exciting times ahead of me. It’s that “Fear of the unknown” exciting and it’s cool and refreshing to have. You don’t get that when you’re already in your 9-5 job or you’re in school (college too) because from the day to day you kinda know what to expect. And for some people, that’s good, that’s how they like it. But I found out a long time ago that I don’t think I’m made for a daily routine. I mean, I would like one to some extent. It’d be nice if I went to the gym everyday at the same time or woke up in the morning before Burger King stops serving breakfast. But for the most part, I like my days to be different. I enjoy a passive adventure. (I’m not looking for an Indiana Jones type adventure right now.)
I imagine a number of my classmates, or rather, fellow graduates might feel the same way. Whether they do or now, I wish them the best of success and I’m sure I’ll be working with some of them again. Throughout my time at this school, I happened upon Patrick Stump, formerly of Fall Out Boy, and his solo EP Truant Wave. I loved the messages in the songs and “Spotlight” was one of the most encouraging to me. I know there are two versions, but my favorite is the New Regret version.
In case you miss the meaning, it’s a self empowering and encouraging song that you can be your own star and you don’t have to let others tell you what you can or can’t do or what you are and aren’t capable of doing. Early on, I felt that the song, or even the whole 6 song album, or Stump himself, was a less eccentric looking male version of Lady Gaga… when it comes to self empowerment and “be yourself” attitude.
But this fripod post is dedicated to my graduating day class of March 2011! May you all be your all spotlight (which some of you already are) and continue to be awesome and achieving those goals.
May 5, 2011
Check out our morning show. This was our talk radio final at Connecticut School of Broadcasting. We produced everything… everything you hear except the few songs that we play, we created. Join me, Sterling Silver, and my fellow co-hosts Pixie and Damian as we talk about current events and whatever else that pops in our head.
Part of the morning format is to include weather, traffic, sports and news. We don’t do a tradition news report since that’s one of the many things we talk about. But listen for Pale for weather, Farmboy for traffic and concert report, Mike D for sports and Flaco for urban news. Ogre, our board op, also interviews local artists the Steve Dunn Band. Sorry to disappoint, but our “contest” was made up, but they are a real band and they make good music.
Click the link and/or download the show itself. I’m working on a better way to stream it so here’s the best I can do for now. You can also check this out on my new Tumblr too.
So tell me what you think. Would you listen to this every morning? Did you listen to all of it? And did you know which commercials I did?
April 20, 2011
Hey Indoobians. I’m technically still on hiatus, but I was in shooting/editing mode and I decided to have a quick chat with my buddy, fellow CSB classmate and Renaissance man Kevin Marc. Watch here as we shoot the breeze about inspirations, books, and forest critters we see behind the school. There will be more videos to follow. In the meantime, follow him on Facebook (twice) and YouTube. The kid does his own reality show and as much as I dislike reality TV, I can’t help but cosign since I find myself watching it.
And yes, I am holding back a video many of you may have already seen by now, or at least you’ve seen it on my Vimeo channel. By the way, how do you like the new 3S:FX Productions logo?
(See Part 2!)
April 15, 2011
Happy Friday, kids. Sorry to say, there’s no friPod post this week, or possibly the next two-three weeks, or any planned updates. CSB has upped it’s ante when it comes to work and projects that we need to have completed by May, and many of my personal projects and activities have to take a temporary hiatus.
If I can make any posts or updates, I most certainly will. I still have to share my Sugarland and Duran Duran adventures. But I also will try to take my cameras with me wherever I go or whatever I do so when I make my official return, I can show you what I’ve been up to. In the meantime, I’ll more than likely post updates via Twitter. Lately it’s been a toss up between to-do lists, accomplishments, random thoughts, and of cravings for food, or food I’m about to eat, eating or ate. Ya know, the usual. Just follow me if you don’t already.
Stay tuned Indoobians. I’ll be back in a few weeks, and maybe with a few surprises that I hope you’ll enjoy!
April 9, 2011
Once again I’ve been slacking and I wanted to have this written and posted yesterday but better late than never, right? And by now you know my usual rhetoric: I’ve been busy. But at least this time I’ve actually been showing you–through video no less–what it is I’ve been busy doing. And that’s exactly what I’m showing you again here…
While I wasn’t operating any of the cameras taping the bands, I was snapping pictures of the band and us (CSB) taping the bands, which is what I showed in the last post. I feel like these videos should be longer, but that’s probably because we spent most of the day there, setting up, waiting in between sound checks, “hanging out backstage with rock stars” …ya know, the usual. But enough of my blabbing, let’s get to the videos. Just a recap, this is all brought to you by The Rock 106.9 WCCC. I’m posting these in the order they were recorded. (more…)
April 8, 2011
I kept promising this post for a couple weeks now, but here it is finally. These are my pics and videos of what I did with my school, CSB, when we went to Pig’s Eye Pub in Hartford to record a few rock bands being interviewed and performing acoustic sets by Connecticut rock station The Rock 106.9 WCCC.
Prior to arriving, I knew nothing about any of these bands. Everyone at the school said that if you are asked to do anything with the school or go anywhere, just say yes. So I said yes. (more…)
April 2, 2011
I kept promising to divulge in what I’ve been up to the past few weeks to a month. As most of you should know by now, I go to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting which from here on out will be known as CSB (unless, for whatever reason, I feel the need to spell it out). Since I’m still there, I know there’s a lot more I’m going to learn and experience. Initially it’s an 8 week program, but it offers a lifetime, career long service. I could talk all day about how awesome the school is, but for right now, I’m just going to explain why I’ve been so busy.
Like I said, the education lasts for 8 weeks. We’re taught by industry professionals (who are still working in the industry they teach) and we learn by doing. We take notes but at times it seems pointless (I take them anyway) because it’s all hand-on training. Grab the camera, sit behind the radio mic, DO IT! It’s intense. They throw a lot of information at you in a very limited time. Fortunately, I have a background in a lot of this stuff so some of it was a refresher, while other parts built on to what I already know. But I’m loving it.
Outside of class, our fearless leader and school director Art takes us out on what a few of us have called “field trips” where we get to experience first hand what some people do for a living. Long story short, we go out and record live performances. We can’t call it “filming” because we don’t work with film. Especially not on these field trips, everything is recorded on to big memory cards. By the way, those cameras are nice. The ones they make us use… well… it gets the job done. But the point is we have to learn how to use a regular camera before they can trust us with the high end ones.
Anyway, I’ve now gone on three of these event field trips, sponsored be local radio stations which usually feature CSB graduates. There are a lot of them out there and all of them singing praises of what a great school it is and how it got them to the job they are working at now, or at least started them on their way. (By the way, the school specializes in dozen upon dozens of jobs. I wish I brought a few of my friends to at least check out the tour.)
So our first event was somewhat of a mini rock concert. I want to have a separate post for that because of all the pictures I took and all the video we shot and experiences we had. That was last Friday. Monday I saw Sugarland. Due to this being a much bigger event, camera work was left to the professionals, which was our teachers. I took a few pics with my phone which I’ll also post later. But check out some of the stuff they shot here. Last night I saw Duran Duran (and a cover band called Kick). I actually got behind a camera this time, but video won’t be up for a few days, but I’ll post it when it does.
Besides that, I’ve been having a blast. My classmates are all very diverse and have their own bursts of awesomeness. I don’t want to call any of them out by name right now, there’s time for that later. All you need to know is sometime maybe in May you’ll get to hear a “morning” radio show online called “The Morning After” and yours truly will be the news anchor. It should be a lot of fun and I’ll also be living my dream. Part of it anyway.
Before I sign off, here is a look at an assignment I had been working on. It’s practically finished, but I was so excited, I wanted to show it off a little. The assignment was simple enough, shoot some footage, edit, add a voiceover, maybe some music, some transitions and have fun. Check, check, check, check, check, and check.