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Career Development: I.A.T.S.E. Labor Union Visits F.I.R.S.T. Institute

Many times, certain areas of work will be represented by labor unions that help protect the best interests of the workers in that particular field. The I.A.T.S.E., or International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, recently visited F.I.R.S.T. Institute to explain to students how the union can benefit them in their professional lives! Read on for more information about the event.

Tips For Graduates: Ensuring You're Ready For Entry Level Employment

The Career Development Department was established to ensure that graduating Audio Engineering or Film School students are fully prepared to begin their job search upon graduation*. The department also works to create awareness among employers so they look to F.I.R.S.T. Institute graduates as a major source of staffing and internship opportunities. Read on for more details about what our Career department can do for you!

Audio Engineering Tips & Tricks: Mixing For Vinyl Records

With music piracy rampant, today's CD sales are lower than ever. It would seem that the only medium that is not only maintaining it’s sales levels, but growing rapidly is the trusty vinyl LP. Almost every major label and working independent artist's music is being released on vinyl because of vinyl's increase in popularity in the last few years.

Florida Film School: Students Work On Indie Film "Inhabited"

F.I.R.S.T Institute film school and Instructor Trent Duncan are back at it again with a new, infectious thriller called Inhabited: Fight The Invasion! In this skin-crawling adventure, a group of shoddy soldiers on a failed rescue mission battle to save the human race from complete annihilation.

Audio Engineering Tips: The Ultimate Guide In Building A Home Studio

Building your project studio can be rather challenging if you don't know or understand the ins and outs (pun intended) and inner workings of the general set-up needed to make your own music. No worries! In his latest Audio Engineering Tips and Tricks video, Rich Ott, F.I.R.S.T.

Sean Paul and Orlando's Power 95.3 Radio Visit F.I.R.S.T. Institute

One of the greatest things you can do while you're in school is to take advantage of out-of-the-classroom activities, like visits from celebrities and talks from professionals. At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, an Audio Engineering and Film School in Orlando, Florida, students have the opportunity to meet and interact with big names in music industry, such as Jamaican dance hall superstar Sean Paul!


Tips For Beginning Music Producers: How To Use Reverb

In this video, F.I.R.S.T. Institute Program Director and Audio Engineering and Music Production Instructor Rich Ott explains in detail how to use reverb while you are audio engineering your recorded mixes!

Film School Tips: How To Shoot On A Green Screen Ft. Trent Duncan

“Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see,” — Benjamin Franklin. The art of optical illusion and digital trickery has been explored in the filmmaking industry through the magic of the green screen. Whether through independent film, music videos or the Hollywood big screen, your imagination can take you anywhere.

Audio Engineering Tips: How To Mic Guitars And Vocals

Anyone experienced in audio engineering will tell you, it’s not only about how talented you are or how many compressors and EQ’s you have access to in Pro Tools or Logic Studio Pro. If you do not have a quality microphone and understand microphone placement techniques, your recording may very well be doomed before it even begins! Here are my best tips on "How To Mic Guitars And Vocals!" 

F.I.R.S.T. Institute Spotlight: Interview With Director Donney Smith

We’ve all heard the saying, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” But what happens when hard work and talent combine, determination joins drive, passion meets productivity, goals unite with greatness, and creativity meets career to form one of the top music production schools? The answer is success!

Film School Graduate: Luis Martinez Shares Insight On His Film Career

Get the inside perspective of a student at F.I.R.S.T. Institute! Find out what brought film school student Luis Martinez to the Film and Video Production program at the Institute, and hear how a photo shoot with Alex Fatt, Latin hip-hop legend, has evolved into a gig as a videographer for an upcoming international tour. From scripting to filming to video editing, Luis is making his film career happen with us!


Music Production Grad: Luke Segrest — A Career In The Music Industry

Music Production School graduate Luke Segrest tells how the Audio Engineering and Music Production program at F.I.R.S.T. Institute prepared him for a career in the music industry working with Cash Money Records and The Avengerz Production Team.

Audio Faculty Spotlight: Earl Hoback, Director of Education

Follow our Director of Education, Earl Hoback, through his set-up as the front-of-house audio engineer for Blue Man Group in Orlando. See some of the practical, day-to-day duties of a professional sound engineer, and catch a glimpse of the show as it comes to life.

Film Faculty Spotlight: Brian Pitts — "Education Never Ends"

Meet Digital Filmmaking & Video Production instructor Brian Pitts in our Film Faculty Spotlight edition of Creativity Meets Career. As a television producer (and a graduate in Media Production), Pitts knows the film industry inside out, from the academic to the practical to the professional.


Film Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Hill Talks Hands-On Learning In Film

Let Michelle Hill explain what makes the Digital Filmmaking and Video Production Program at F.I.R.S.T. Institute tick in this edition of Film Faculty Spotlight. As the Film Program Director, Hill oversees students from the planning to the post-production phases of their projects, and with 15+ years of industry experience, she offers the kind of big-picture advice and film career tips that can help students take their work to the next level.

Steps After Graduation From Video Editing School

It is a difficult process for recent graduates to land a nice job once they are out of college. It might take a few months or few years before they get a proper break in their career. The same goes with students who have graduated from video production colleges or video editing schools. It is going to be a little bit of a rough road until they find something good coming their way.

What is Graphic Design? 4 Types of Graphic Design Worth Learning

Graphic design is one of the most creative ways to combine technology and art to communicate ideas. What is graphic design? A graphic designer job description will include working with computer-generated, photographed, painted and/or drawn images.

10 Employment Websites for the Digital Media Industry You Should Use

After you've graduated from a digital media school, it can be difficult and overwhelming to think about securing full-time employment in the competitive audio engineering or filmmaking industries. Luckily, we're breaking down 10 of the best employment websites that can help you apply for jobs online and land you your dream career!

Characteristics of Top Graphic Design Schools

What are some of the things that you look for in an educational opportunity? Whether you’re looking to pursue an education full time, or simply refresh your skills with a local or technical college course, chances are that you already have a list of characteristics in mind. When you're considering options for graphic design programs or going to college for graphic design, keep these four factors in mind!


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