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Entertainment Career Connection

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Review Posted 11/10/2011
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Review 11/10/2011
I want to relate my recent experience with Recording Connection. This experience kept me from trying the service. First let me say that I think the premise of the school is excellent and it appears no one else does it. As opinions vary on whether or not audio or recording schools are worth it everyone agrees time in the studio as an apprentice is extremely valuable. Given this it seems Recoding Connection provides the best of both worlds - time in the studio on-on-one and the necessary course curriculum. What stopped me from using the service was the extremely heavy handed, over the top and worrisome hard sell. The entire pitch is geared towards them choosing you and that they don’t select just anyone – so you are special. I am 46 and not 18. The entire approach is tailored to teenagers and may be beneficial or necessary given the average characteristics of an average teenager but it worried me that it went so far. As a 46 year old professional I found the pitch and the excessive pushing insulting and very unnecessary. The company rarely seemed to understand that I was paying for a service, I am the actual customer and that they were not doing me a giant favor. My concern is they use this approach to make the average teenager and their parents feel far more special than they are so they can control everything that goes on and them as well. You are just so fortunate and lucky to be one of the few they choose. While I do agree that a teenager surely needs guidance in how to act professionally and interview I felt it went way too far. At the end when I voiced my reservations the “producer” went even farther and told me he knows “everyone” in the business tried to close by doubling down on the same heavy handed, over the top schtick. This is when I terminated the conversation. (Meanwhile this “producer” is in a room where I can hear a bunch or people trying to make sales. Wouldn’t a top notch “producer” have an office?) In the end it is very possible that everything would have worked out, especially given the studio they chose to work with me seemed to be top notch. (Coincidentally I had actually contacted them before I knew about Recording Connection to ask about an apprenticeship). As such it is possible my apprehension is misplaced. Having said this I suggest that people take my comments as food for thought and form their own opinion. (Lastly please read about this company on the Ripoff Report especially the response from Brant. His post appears fair, researched and valid. Again buyer beware and check things out for yourself. It's all a shame because the premise appears to be unique and could be really helpful)
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Hours   Phone   (310) 456-9627 Address   23852 Pacific Coast Highway Suite 802
Malibu, CA 90265
Website   http://www.careerconnection2000.com Email   jimi@petullapictures.com; srafkin@cooley.com; wsadler@lpsla.com
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