Proud of Our Graduates: Jennifer Smith

Posted on March 25th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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This week as part of our Proud of Our Graduates series, we’re introducing readers to Jennifer Smith. Jennifer took part in Trebas’ event and venue management program, turning her natural enthusiasm and positivity into a rewarding career. Read on to learn how she did it, and why she chose to pursue this path.

How it All Began

After several years of travelling around North America and the United Kingdom, Jennifer knew she was good at interacting with people from all walks of life. She knew she could adapt to changing circumstances with ease, and keep a cool head and open mind to any adventure that came her way. She was ready to focus on her future, but she didn’t know how her particular skillset would translate into long-term professional success.

A major turning point came when she returned from her travels and encountered an ad for Trebas on the subway.

“I remember literally thinking to myself, ‘Event Management? That’s a thing? I think I might be good at that!’” she recalls. In a matter of months, she enrolled in the program and began working towards this exciting new career option.

Launching a Career with Trebas Event Management Training

Jennifer says Trebas became her top choice after she thoroughly researched her event management school options.

“I settled on Trebas because I felt it would provide me with the tools, skills, and education I needed in a time span that suited me best,” she explains, “and it did!”

In her courses, Jennifer says she learned “just how much goes into creating and implementing an event,” because she felt the program was “really well-rounded.” Time management, content creation, design and décor, staffing, catering, and sponsorships are just some of the elements modern event managers learn to coordinate at Trebas. For Jennifer, her particular favourite was the exhibit marketing class.

“I’m an incredibly creative person and the final project for that class was to build a mini model of our exhibit for our event,” she explains. “I very much enjoyed that.”

Life After Event Management Courses

With Trebas, Jennifer got the skills and experience she needed to secure both an internship and a job, straight out of school. Through Trebas’ event management training program, Jennifer secured an internship with the event planning agency DX3. She is currently completing this internship, and says she can’t wait to participate in DX3’s upcoming events.

“It’s been an incredible experience getting to work with other event professionals and being able to contribute my skills towards something great,” she says.

After DX3, Jennifer is moving on to become a volunteer coordinator for an events company called Achilles Media. She met with Achilles while she was still enrolled in Trebas looking for an internship. The company was so impressed with her training and enthusiasm that she was offered a job instead!

“I have to say getting offered a job before I’m even finished school was an incredible feeling. I’ll be working specifically for the Banff Media Festival and will be venturing out west sometime in the near future to do that.”

Congratulations Jennifer! We are so proud of all you have achieved, and look forward to hearing about what your future has in store.

Inspired by Jennifer’s story?

Contact Trebas for more information on our event and venue management program, and to start your career with our event management courses!

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4 Characteristics of Successful Audio Production College Grads

Posted on March 18th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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Before reaching your ears, every film soundtrack, radio broadcast, and top 40 hit passes through the fingers of an audio production professional. These skilled professionals can be found working for live concerts, film and radio, videogame and ringtone companies, corporate events, theatre performances and more.

If you’re interested in securing employment in any of these creative workplaces, finding the right training institute with experienced instructors and industry-standard recording equipment is half the battle. There are also certain key characteristics that suggest you are particularly well-suited to a career in sound.

Wondering whether audio production is for you? See if you have any of the following characteristics.

1. Audio Pros Are Open-Minded & Willing to Learn from Past Experiences

Today’s music and sound recording industry is complex and multifaceted. Not only do industry professionals arrange, compose and adapt sound, they’re also often called to negotiate recording studio rates and budgets, help performers make demos and book rehearsals, mix, master, and engineer recordings, collaborate with artists and beyond. That’s why many of the world’s best sound producers come from diverse walks of life. Working a range of fields and environments gives them a wealth of life experience from which they can draw skills and inspiration.

Your prior work experience, even if not directly related to the sound field, can support your career. For example, Oscar-winning sound engineer (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather) Walter Murch tried his hand at writing and editing before deciding to pursue sound production. He says this experience gave him valuable insight into how sound can influence different aspects of the storytelling process.

2. Great Audio Training Grads Have an Interest in Computer Technology

At its foundation, audio production is the manipulation of sound through digital or technological machinery.

“As a gear-head, I enjoy all the tubes and knobs and lights and boxes,” admits Seattle audio producer Stuart Hallerman. “I love music and technology.”

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Get your hands on the technological side of music-making in audio production training

An interest in the technological aspects of how sound is shaped and formed can help you adjust to the hands-on recording sessions you’ll face in in audio training and throughout your sound production career.

3. People Skills Are Key to an Audio Training Grad’s Success

One of the most essential aspects of a successful sound career is the ability to connect with people. Getting the most out of artists, managers, studio owners, production teams and more requires keen communication and collaborative skills.

“Part of recording is getting everyone fed and relaxed, getting their body chemistry adjusted, including my own,” explains Hallerman. He helps artists record their best performances by offering strategic support, with phrases like “your voice sounded beautiful today, just sing it one more time.”

If you consider yourself a strong communicator or you’ve worked in a customer service environment, you may already have this important and encouraging characteristic. With audio courses you can combine your people skills with practical industry knowledge—a recipe for recording success.

4. The Most Important Audio Pro Characteristic: A Passion for Music

Regardless of your professional skill level now, you’ve proven you already have a passion for music by reading to the end of this article. This passion is the most important tool you can use to launch a rewarding sound career.

“I’ve been consistently impressed with the students’ eagerness to jump in,” says Murray Foster, bassist for Great Big Sea and instructor at Trebas. “For the final assignment of every semester, there is (amazingly) always at least one song that makes me think, ‘that song could be on the radio tomorrow.’”

If you have this passion and the traits detailed above, the right training can get your career on-track and your creations radio-ready.

Are you interested in pursuing audio production courses?

Visit Trebas to learn more about getting started.


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2 Ways the ‘Live Streaming’ Trend Impacts Event Planning School Grads

Posted on March 11th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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If you decide to become an event planner, no two days on the job will ever be the same. Event planning is a dynamic and ever-changing field. As you begin your career, you’ll learn that no two clients—or events will be exactly the same.

Each event you plan will be truly unique as you adapt plans to suit client preferences, new trends, and even use new technology. One hot new technology that is changing event planning is live streaming, especially when it comes to conference planning.

How is live streaming impacting conference event management? Read on to find out.

1. Live streaming Can be a New Marketing Tool for Event Planning School Grads

When live streaming first hit marketing scenes, some event planners were worried that it would have a negative effect instead of a positive one. They were worried that if attendees could watch a conference from the comfort of their home, they might decide to stay in instead. However, as new data on livestreaming has started coming in, event planning school grads now know that the opposite is true.

According to one recent report, 65 per cent of conference attendees consider networking just as important as listening to presentations, interviews and panel discussions—meaning that they’ll still attend a conference no matter how much of it is being live streamed.

There’s also even better news for event planners. According to many conference surveys, viewing the livestream of a conference actually encourages new audiences to attend the year after. In fact, people who view the livestream of an event are 30% more likely to attend next year.

As a result, live streaming is becoming a top new way for event planner course grads to reach out to new audiences.

2. Livestreaming Requires Extra Preparation for Event Planning School Grads

While there are many benefits to livestreaming, it takes some extra preparation to include it in your event. To start with, you’ll need to make sure that you can rely on a solid internet connection in order to stay connected to audiences.  If you’re streaming a long presentation, you might also need to ensure that you have easy access to a power station to keep equipment charged for the entire talk.

As you prepare to live stream your event, you’ll also need to carefully research different live streaming tools and choose which one fits the needs of your event best. Some popular live streaming programs include:

  • Livestream is known as the #1 streaming software in the world and is used in over 6 million events.
  • Ustream is a highly rated professional streaming service used by clients like NASA.
  • YouTube Live Streaming is a free option which can include multiple camera angles.
  • Persicope is a live mobile streaming app that is easy-to-use for both event planners and attendees.

Deciding which streaming software you want to use will involve weighing up the pros and cons of each one. Opting for a professional service like Livestream or Ustream, for example, provides you with a higher quality product, but can run up extra costs.

Ready to start your event management courses and begin the path to your rewarding new career?

Find out how Trebas combines classroom theory with hands-on experience!

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Want to Make a Music Video? A Quick Guide for Students in Film Making School

Posted on March 4th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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Have you ever wanted to create your own music video? There is no better time to put your work out there for the world to see!

For many of today’s music fans, services like Youtube and Vimeo are where they find and listen to what they like. Producing video footage set to an artist’s music is a great way to promote a band and their sound, find fans, and even generate ad revenue.

Whether or not you have experience in the field, the right audio visual production training will set you on track to achieving your own specialised production career. You’ll be given all the tools and support you need to effectively produce and direct your own work, including camera skills, lighting technique, sound mixing, and cinematography.

To get you started, here’s our basic guide to making your own music video:

1. You’ll Learn How to Develop Your Concept in Film Making School

Coming up with a great music video concept always starts by meeting with the musicians to discuss their vision of the song and listening to the song yourself. Take notes on the basic structure of the song, and locate any passages that you find particularly rewarding or compelling to listen to.

Your concept or vision for the music video should align with the emotional response you have to the music, and with the general pacing of the song itself. This will give you insights on the kind of tone you’d like the video to relay. By the end of this step, you should have a basic storyboard featuring the characters, settings, and general story you and your clients or partners hope to feature.

2. Scout Locations and Cast Members Using Your Film Production Education

Once you know what you would like to film, it’s time to scout appropriate filming locations and find your video’s cast and crew. In film school, you’ll meet these industry peers, and learn to see spaces and faces as they’d be viewed through a camera.

A music video director prepares a take on set

A music video director prepares a take on set

Film making school grads know that it’s easy to produce quality videos on a budget if you work with your film school peers, and take advantage of your familiarity with local city streets and geographical landscapes.

Sometimes the most compelling videos are made in the simplest environments. For example, Adele’s recent video for ‘Hello’ was filmed in a rural Quebec forest and a nearby apartment building. The video’s director Xavier Dolan believed these spaces conjured the particular tone he was looking for and offered the added convenience of being close to his own Montreal home.

3. Shoot High-Quality Footage Using Your Film Production Skills

Today’s top film schools know that producing great footage is about more than just the technical camera work. For example, Trebas’ film and television production courses will give you all the knowledge you need to shoot, light, and direct your own film.

On your music video set, simply cue the music—starting it early enough for your cast to get in sync with the lyrics or rhythm—and shoot your scenes according to your storyboards.

4. Post Production: Editing, Marketing, and Managing Your Music Video

When you pursue film production education at a top film school like Trebas, you’ll encounter a full term of editing and management courses, where you’ll learn what it takes to turn raw footage into a sleek and professional video.

You’ll learn through hands-on training in the post-production studio, along with comprehensive lessons about the important distribution and marketing business skills you’ll need to help your work gain traction on sites like Youtube and Vimeo.

Upload your video to a sharing site and watch the views pour in!

Upload your video to a sharing site and watch the views pour in!

With the right training and your own ambition, nothing can stop you from creating iconic music videos of your own.

Are you comparing film schools in Canada to find one that’s right for you?

Visit Trebas to learn more about our programs or to speak with an advisor.

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Trebas Institute Announces Software Partnership

Posted on March 3rd, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto



For further information:

Marilyn Wasney

Department Head, Event & Venue Management Program

Trebas Institute – 416-966-3066

Trebas Institute Announces Software Partnership

Toronto, ON – March 2, 2016 — Trebas Institute students will have their career opportunities grow as a result of the school’s support and contribution from Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), makers of Raiser’s Edge software and the most sought after software for organizations in the not-for-profit/fundraising sectors.

“We’re proud to welcome Blackbaud to Trebas,” says Luisa Tanzi, Vice-President, Trebas Institute. “Together we are supporting the commitment that students have made in their event management education, in addition to reinforcing our commitment of investing in their future needs.”

“The generosity of Blackbaud Inc. will make an immediate impact for the careers of our Event & Venue Management students,” said Marilyn Wasney, Department Head for the Program. “The not-for-profit/fundraising industries are competitive so the software arrived at a great time for the students looking to gain an advantage when seeking to secure positions in these areas. Unless a student is working in an organization that offers the software, they typically did not have the opportunity to learn it – now they do, closing a gap and making them more industry ready.”

“Blackbaud is pleased to support Trebas Institute and the Event & Venue Management program, as learning the Raiser’s Edge will allow students in the program to gain real-world experience using this nonprofit CRM. They will be able to better market themselves in the sector, when looking for work after the program,” according to Ed Van Hooydonk, Account Executive for Blackbaud Canada.

“The Event & Venue Diploma Program offered at Trebas is one-year in length and includes all education necessary for the student to get a great position plus an Internship component,” said Sat Balraj, Campus Director.

For those seeking to learn the software, in addition to rookie workshops for beginners, Trebas is looking to offer refresher workshops for those individuals already non-profit industry.

Further details are available at the Trebas Institute website or


About Trebas Institute

Trebas Institute was founded by David P. Leonard in 1979 as a response to the growing need for proficient and versatile music recording and business professionals, film makers, and event managers. Trebas Institute is a film, entertainment, event management, and music production college that prides itself on comprehensive and practical hands-on training.

About Blackbaud

Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years, Blackbaud combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 1500 customers in Canada including nonprofits-charitable organizations, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other mission driven entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud’s portfolio of software and services support fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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