4 Ways Top Film and Television Schools Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

Posted on July 29th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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How did top filmmakers launch their careers? Many will tell you that they were persistent, and kept trying without ever giving up. But while persistence is important, there is more the puzzle when it comes to landing your dream career.

The following are some of the best pieces of advice that students in film and television schools can use in order to land their dream job after graduation.

1. Courses in Television Help You Develop Your Network

Networking is an important part of landing a job in any field, and film and television is no exception. That’s because many jobs are filled before they are made public, as peers recommend trusted professionals they know. Fortunately, students can quickly build up their networks throughout their studies.

Try networking at film and television events in order to meet industry contacts and become friends with people who work at companies you would love to be a part of. Film and television schools can also assist with this process by introducing you to other professionals in your field, and can help you develop relationships with peers and other students that can last a lifetime.

2. Film and Television Schools Help You Hone Your Skills and Excel at Your Craft

Malcolm Gladwell is an author who studied some of the greatest success stories of our generation—including Bill Gates and The Beatles. He found that they all have one thing in common: putting in tremendous amounts of time and effort into their craft. Gladwell explains that it takes about 10,000 hours to master a skill, so keep up the good work! When you perfect your craft, whether it’s script writing or directing, opportunities will start to appear. Courses in television can open a lot of doors for you, as they teach you the ins and outs of everything from developing your storytelling abilities to lighting the perfect set.

3. Television Schools Help Students Build up their Portfolios

Resumes are an important aspect of landing your dream job, sure, but they can only carry you so far. Companies want results. They don’t want to just be told what you have done; they want to see it for themselves. This is where the importance of a portfolio comes in. Constructing a portfolio allows you to show off your great work to potential employers, and if done creatively, can be a work of art in and of itself.

Television schools offer students everything from hands-on training to access to industry standard equipment—the perfect tools for building up a stellar portfolio. Once you’ve completed your portfolio, don’t forget to add it to social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get your work out there.

4. The Right Television Schools Encourage You to Follow Your Dreams

Steve Jobs once said that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” That’s why for many students, the immersive environment of a film and television school is so important. It helps to remind them what they love most about the field, even as they build the skills they need to make their mark within it.

According to a recent poll, 70 per cent of Americans hate their job; so remember to follow your heart and don’t be part of the majority!

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3 Critical Listening Exercises Music Production School Students Must Try

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

 

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Critical listening skills are essential for music production school graduates

What’s the secret to becoming a top producer? While having extensive knowledge of different recording techniques and equipment is valuable, what really separates a good recording professional from a great one is critical listening skills.

In recording, critical listening is the art of analyzing various components of a mix, and evaluating how they fit into the overall soundscape. And while a ‘good ear’ comes more naturally to some people than others, there are a number of exercises music production students can do to hone their abilities and produce more polished, distinctive work.

Want to improve your critical listening skills? Read on to find out how.

1. Music Production Colleges Teach Students to Analyze the Elements of a Mix

One of the most straightforward critical listening exercises involves choosing a song and deconstructing different elements of the mix, analyzing how they contribute to the recording as a whole. In his book The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Bob Owsinski suggests that every mix has six principal elements:

  • Balance: The prominence of each individual track in the mix
  • Panorama: How different tracks are spaced from left to right in the stereo field
  • Frequency Range: The prominence of the bass, mid, and treble ranges in the mix
  • Dimension: The sense of movement and space in the overall sound
  • Dynamics: Changes in volume, tempo, time signature, and key
  • Interest: Anything that makes a mix memorable, such a melodic hooks, tonality, or effects

Try listening to some of your favourite songs and note anything that you can pick out under each of these headings. Hopefully, you’ll begin identifying specific techniques that producers you admire use regularly, which you can then apply to your own work at music production school.

 

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Students in music production colleges can listen to songs and note the different sonic elements

 

2. Music Production Students Learn How to Isolate Individual Tracks

While the first exercise can be very effective, it can often be difficult for beginners to identify specific tracks or instruments, particularly in heavily layered mixes. If you’re having trouble with this, try and get your hands on a master file of a multitrack recording, and listen to it through a mixing desk. Then try the following exercise:

  1. Mute every track on the recording except one, such as the bass line.
  2. Listen to the individual track in isolation to familiarize yourself with it.
  3. Listen to the full mix and try to pinpoint the individual track within the overall soundscape.

This can be a great way to train your ears to isolate specific sounds, and identify their place in an overall mix more efficiently. And thanks to the various projects completed by students each year, music production colleges tend to have large stocks of multitrack recording files available, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice.

3. Train Your Ears with a Blind Listening Exercise at Music Production School

Of course, you don’t need sophisticated studio equipment to practice critical listening. In fact, one of the most effective exercises you can do is to simply find a busy outdoor space, close your eyes, and listen. The lack of visual distraction will force you to pay more attention to the different sounds around you.

 

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Blind listening in open spaces can help music production school students train their ears

You’ll be surprised by how quickly you learn to distinguish certain sonic characteristics, such as the direction sounds are coming from, and how far they are away from you. This simple technique can do wonders for your ability to evaluate certain elements in your mixes, such as panorama, frequency range, and dimensions.

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3 Reasons Teamwork is an Important Part of Event Management School

Posted on July 15th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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When putting together an event for a client, it’s best to put a few heads together to ensure that you’re getting things done efficiently and on time, and also that you have a diverse set of creative ideas and concepts to draw on. Event planning is an inherently creative career path, but also takes a lot of hard work to pull off. Teamwork can make both the creative process and the event itself run a lot smoother. Essentially, as the old saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work.

Read on to discover three reasons why teamwork is an important part of event management.

1. Students in Event Management Schools Might Know that Teamwork Increases Creativity

Synergy means bringing together many different people or ideas to create a final product that is greater than the sum of each individual part. A synergistic brainstorming session, for example, would generate more ideas than if each person had written them down on their own. If you and your event planning team can foster synergistic creative energy when you are conceptualizing events, then your event will often end up being less one-dimensional, more interesting, and more popular as you pool together many fascinating ideas.

Working in teams promotes creativity through the exchange of ideas

Working in teams promotes creativity through the exchange of ideas

From the choice of the venue, to marketing and even budgeting, planning an event is a very creative affair. That’s why the more diversity exists in a group the better, as ideas will come from many different angles and backgrounds. For example, if you have team members of different ages, they might be able to tell you what’s trending for that age group, or provide valuable new insights you hadn’t considered before.

2. Students in an Event Management Course Might Know that Teamwork Promotes Ownership

When working within a team in a participatory manner—meaning everyone’s input is considered important—all team members feel a sense of ownership in the project. When team members feel that they are a functioning and appreciated part of the whole, they often take ownership in the outcomes of the project, meaning that they will invest their time, their resources, and their full attention to ensure the event’s success.

That’s why after graduating from an event management school, you might want to give volunteers and other team members the opportunity to provide input, so that they truly feel connected to the event and work their hardest for its success.

3. Teamwork Increases Learning Potential for Grads of Event Management School

When you surround yourself with co-workers that take on different roles in the event management process, you have the opportunity to educate yourself on different skills and absorb different tips and tricks that your peers might possess. Being a part of a team creates an incredibly rich learning opportunity for anyone who is open to continue learning after graduating from their event management course!

As you begin your career in event management, keep your ears and eyes open and try asking questions. For instance, you might find that one of your peers is a terrific public speaker or has a knack for always finding the perfect venue. By asking some questions or watching what they do, you can pick up their tricks and improve your own skill set.

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CCO OUTSTANDING GRADUATE AWARD RECIPIENT – NATALIA KOZIMOR

Posted on July 14th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

NataliaPragmatic, focused and decisive – Originally from Poland, Natalia and her family made their way to Canada when she was only six years old. “I was told we were coming to a new place and a new life where anything is possible, and I believed it,” Natalia mentioned to Marilyn Wasney, Department Head, Event & Venue Management, Trebas Institute, when she started the Program.

Natalia’s event management career would not be as direct as she would have liked. “I spent my 20s trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I kept trying my hand at a variety of roles sports management, pharmaceutical sales but none of these felt right. I felt like I was going nowhere and I did not belong anywhere specific, like I was displaced. I knew that I enjoyed certain aspects of some of the jobs but not one fully. Once I took the areas that I liked and was good at I realized they fit into event management. I researched the different schools and programs and decided on Trebas. I wanted a school that offered what I considered to be the best curriculum for me, and that was on the operations side. I think taking the EVM Program was the best decision that I have made so far in my life”.

When Natalia started in the Event & Venue Management Program she struggled as many students do when returning to school after being away for many years. “There is a certain level of commitment required for the EVM Program as it is intensive in nature,” noted Marilyn Wasney, “Natalia’s determination allowed her to figure this out pretty quickly – and when she did, she got focused and persevered”.

Being a hands-on person, Natalia also realized that if she was truly going to make it in events she needed to volunteer. “By volunteering, students start to see events through a different lens, this allows them to bring their education to real life,” commented Marilyn Wasney. “I wanted to learn as much as possible about the event industry – I want to see and be a part of it all and I did,” noted Natalia.

Seven weeks into the program Natalia’s event side really opened up – the struggle was over and Natalia was on her way. The weeks progressed and so did Natalia’s volunteering experiences – from baby steps to being involved with some major events. She volunteered with the Arthritis Society, Reel World, FanExpo, and Music Niagara, where she planned and executed a medium scale concert – handling everything from catering to stanchions and connecting with CEOs. More importantly, as Natalia’s experiences grew, so did her confidence level – she was living the connection between school and the real world and began to see that there was a true place for her in the event industry.

A major Program highlight for Natalia was the Exhibit Marketing course where Natalia took research to a whole new level. Working on a Polo Match for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, she involved herself fully by volunteering at another Polo Match (Richmond Hill) in order to really understand all aspects of the event and thus her project, which won her accolades from fellow students and even those within the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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Natalia’s big event breakthrough occurred when she received word that her internship would be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Natalia remembers, “I can’t believe that I, ME, I am going to the MTCC. If you would have told me that at the beginning of the program, I would never have believed it in a million years that I would be able to do it – but now, bring it on!”

In order for Natalia to adapt quickly, she was completely immersed in the MTCC culture – and adapt she did. On the front lines from day one, Natalia began training on their systems, attending meetings, taking part in large events/small events, set-ups and take downs. “Natalia is someone who is able to accommodate and transition herself to the needs in her surrounding environment. Maybe it’s a result of her experiencing new surroundings and having to readapt from an early age, maybe it has helped her. She is very efficient and does not waste her words when she speaks which contributes to her being clear and focused in her direction,” stated Marilyn Wasney.

The day before Natalia’s internship ended she was offered the position of Exhibitor Services Representative.However, this was not to be Natalia’s fate. When she showed up to work on her first day, a half-hour into her new space, she found herself being called in to see her supervisor. “I thought I was going to be fired and I just started”, commented Natalia, “but I wasn’t – I was promoted! I am the Supervisor, Docks Department.”

The MTCC encompasses 2.8 million square/feet and in 2015 held 45 major conventions (such as FanExpo, an event which students worked), 332 meetings, 42 tradeshows, and 71 banquets all of which Natalia as Supervisor gets to work on with the assistance of approximately 48 union staff whom she is responsible for. Together, they coordinate the logistics for set-up, load-in and out for these events.

“It took a lot to get to where I am today, my journey taught me to always follow your heart and believe – really believe, even when you feel you can’t do it, you have to because believing becomes reality, just look at me and my life now”.

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Jerry Bishop (Business Assessment Solutions) presented Natalia with her award.

By Marilyn Wasney, Department Head, Event & Venue Management Program

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3 Online Video Related Career Paths for Film Production College Grads

Posted on July 8th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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The beauty of a film production education, aside from the beauty of the actual art being created, comes from the diverse career options that await you upon graduation. We are living in a visual culture. A culture that watches 4 billion videos YouTube and 8 billion videos on Facebook each and every day. With the global love of video currently at extraordinary levels, the time is right to make the move into film production to land a rewarding career quickly. There is, however, an incredibly wide spectrum of film related careers to choose from.

Read on to discover what types of online video related career paths are available for students after graduating from film production college.

1. Film Production Education can set Students up for Business Video Blogging

Did the video blogger kill the text blogger? The short answer is yes. Text blogging as a medium began to rise in popularity at the beginning of the 21st century, but started to slip as more people began to gravitate towards video blogs. Becoming an expert in video blogging practices puts you in a position to serve both individuals and companies.

Graduates of film production college can create video blogs for businesses

Graduates of film production college can create video blogs for businesses

As companies discover the importance of blogging, business blogging has become an expanding industry. Even companies like Coca-Cola and Blendtec have jumped on board and started producing their own video blogs. If you decide to use your film production education to begin working in the business video blogging industry, remember that keeping a conversational tone in your videos is important for viewer engagement levels to be high.

2. Film Production College can Lead to the Production of a Web Series

Web series are television series that are accessed solely through the internet. After a rocky start, web series have begun to explode in popularity. They are easy to produce, light on the wallet, and have a potential audience of 3.4 billion internet users. Creating a web series can be done for a multitude of reasons, like trying to get a TV pilot off the ground. It’s also a good way to get around waiting for production money or approval to start filming a show. The rise in the popularity of web series means that directors will be increasingly needed all over the world, as the internet’s reach is expanding rapidly and globally.

3. Graduates from Film Production Courses can go on to Make Video Marketing Campaigns

According to hubspot.com, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online after watching a marketing video. Including videos in emails also increases click-through rates—the number of people who click through the email to the website of the email sender—by 200-300%. That’s good news for students in film production college, as these are impressive numbers. Companies all over the world are utilizing the power of video to reach potential consumers, meaning that they need video content creators to create video blogs from start to finish.

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