This Is How You Get An Internship At A Recording Studio

by | Sep 10, 2020

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Looking To Intern At A Recording Studio? Bay Eight Has Some Tips For You!

Often times, when we think of our dream job, we skip right past the brute workload. Don’t jump feet first into daydreaming about the view from the top of the charts.

There’s nothing wrong with a little ambition. So we’re here to provide you with some insider tips directly from the owner of Bay Eight recording studios, that will ensure you get and keep that position you’re coveting. 

1 Bring In A Client

Landing a recording studio job can be as easy as applying to one, but this is rare. Most of the time, working in the music industry requires a wild goose chase until you’re able to convince someone to take a chance on you. You need to show the powers that be that hiring you is an advantage to them, rather than charity.

2 Start Local

Many dream of getting their foot in the door at a major label. But that’s not necessarily where you start.

If you have prior music internships at a recording studio before you apply at an internship at a major label, your resume will stand out.

3 Have Samples of Your Work

Part of the work of landing an internship begins long before you apply. You need to already be doing the thing you want to do at whatever level you can.

4 Remember Every Opportunity In The Music Industry Is A Long Game

It’s a long game. So networking, reaching out to people on LinkedIn. Know that you have a build a relationship with someone before you ask for an internship. Cold calls and emails are unlikely to get you far.

Network laterally

5 We love that you love music, we just don’t care to hear about yours.

“ Make sure you interview for the career and not as a musician!” Matt, Owner of Bay Eight

A big mistake most applicants make when applying for an internship at a recording studio is discussing their music. Naturally, we aim to hire those who are passionate about music, however an interview for a position as an intern is not the time or place to mention your mixtape. We simply do not care. No studio owner wants an aspiring musician ruining the comfortability the studio offers in an attempt to snuggle up to clients and push their music. Major artists come to the studio for privacy, professionalism, and exclusivity.

All in all, A recording studio is a service-oriented business. Our interns are encouraged to foster the technological savvy to operate equipment, the social skills to mesh with an array of client personalities, all while respecting the responsibility of maintaining the space.  Good luck on your journey!

If you’re applying for an engineering job, but your ultimate goal is to be a rapper, you’re probably better off keeping your aspirations to yourself, at least in the beginning.

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