Welcome to the industry. And it's great to hear an enthusiastic youngster like yourself. Makes me feel young again. Great passion and aspirations abounding. Unfortunately, the industry has changed. It's all a crapshoot. You need the business cards, you need the Facebook, you need the blogs, you need a psychiatrist. I've been in therapy for years and my business still sucks. It really depends upon your market. Is there a lot of music happening locally in Kansas City Missouri? Have you checked out the other competing studios in your area? Have you knocked on their doors? And, do you have at least $10,000 to invest? Investing in that $300 thingy and a couple of $50 microphones is Not going to make a recording studio. So, you're moving in the wrong direction. Business cards, smiles and handshakes don't bring in business. You'd think it would? It's really who you know, who your friends are, how good you are, and just plain luck. It's the recording studio musical lottery. And only a couple of people get to be those $1 million winners much less $100 million winners. But you just never know when your number might come up? Hey, I recorded Tori Amos's original demo when she was 14 and what did I get? $100 and she wasn't even Tori back then she was Ellen. So I rushed right out and bought some bubblegum. I was even able to purchase a reel of blank tape with all that money.
Community college is a great idea. Much more affordable than those stupid specialty universities like Full Sale. Where you can spend $40,000 to learn that ribbon microphones are noisy. Or so they used to teach. In my book that's called fraud. So at the community college level, you'll at least learn the basic fundamentals of what you need to know, hopefully? Actually, you don't need a college degree to learn how to move volume controls. You do need a college degree to learn something about business. And that's where I personally fail. I'm a creative person not a business person. I never had the money for college because I bought recording equipment. Many studio owners have been that way and they have been in and out of business numerous times because of that. Even hit making engineers like George Massenburg who have built some of the greatest, equipment, control rooms and studios of his own have lost all of them over the years. Many folks here have to hold down additional jobs to support their studios. Others are busier than others and enjoy a little more longer-term success with their investments. I worked at NBC-TV for 20 years doing crappy talking head audio, Fixing, designing, constructing, control rooms, so I could build my own facility. And I've gone broke with my own facility over the past 10 years. It's been a downhill slide. Thankfully, my stuff is all paid for and my overhead is virtually nil. Lots of guys manage to procure loans and incorporate and then they go out of business. So take a business-class with your recording engineering class. You're likely to be more successful that way because of it because you'll understand that this is really not a moneymaking business anymore and almost never was except for the very lucky.
Dirty Harry..." are you feeling lucky today... punk?"
Mx. Remy Ann David