A note to prospective internship candidates:
With the recent proliferation of recording schools in the Midwest we get many requests for internships every semester. Internships can be valuable for both aspiring engineers and the studio. Unfortunately there’s no way we can accommodate all of these requests. We are always interested in meeting and working with particularly talented and motivated interns. However, at any given time we usually have only one or two interns, sometimes none at all.
If you’re interested in an internship at Flowers, here are a few things to bear in mind:
1. Internship inquiries should be made by EMAIL ONLY. We delete any phone messages left regarding internships.
2. In your email, tell us more about yourself besides the simple fact that you’re looking for an internship. Are you just trying to log hours to fulfill a school requirement, or do you want to work at this specific studio? Do you know who we are? Are you familiar with artists that have worked here? Are you acquainted with the equipment and techniques we use? Can you bring something unique and constructive to a session environment? (Note that “unique and constructive” does not include obvious stuff everyone can do like running Pro Tools, etc.). Include any details that will help distinguish you from other candidates. There are a lot of other candidates. Also, please proofread your email (and your resume if you include one). Typos and grammatical errors don’t inspire confidence; details are important in this business.
3. If you have any samples of your work available on the web (i.e. on Soundcloud or your own web site), by all means include a link. Give us details of what you did on the recordings (i.e. engineered, produced, mixed, etc.). PLEASE do not email us mp3’s of songs. If you don’t have the means of posting samples of your work on the web, you may want to get that together before you start contacting studios about internships.
4. A prospective intern should be prepared to participate in the workflow and tasks of the session. We don’t accept interns who can only be here a couple of hours at a time, or only plan on being here once or twice. It’s not productive to get someone up to speed with the facility if they split after a day or two. If your work or school schedule can’t accommodate these considerations, you probably won’t work out as an intern here.
5. Unlike some studios, we do not view interns as slave labor fit only to clean toilets and take out trash. If we accept you as an intern we encourage you to absorb as much as you can from the experience and to help out as requested. However, please remember: we are in the business of making records for our clients, not training new engineers. We value your time, energy, and ambition. We ask that you reciprocate by respecting our work process and not bombarding us with questions or, worse, unsolicited “suggestions”. The wishes of the producer and client are paramount in a professional recording environment. Failure to recognize this has shortened the careers of many novice engineers.
It takes us a while to sort through internship requests and respond to the ones that are interesting to us. If you send us a compelling email, and if we’re looking for interns at that time, you may hear from us. Unfortunately it’s not possible for us to respond to every request.
We wish you the very best of luck in the world of recording!
Thanks for your interest in Flowers Studio!
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