This has been a couple weeks full of newfound challenges. I feel that it is, more than anything, an indication of the trust I have earned from the people at the studio, regardless of the difficulties.
We’ve had many artists come through our studio in the past few weeks, all with very different sounds and all with nominally different attitudes. This revolving door of musicians has allowed me to notice the breadth of personalities that can be found coming through a studio. And, sometimes, the artists themselves do not correlate with the music they make.
For instance, only a few days ago, we had an incredibly heavy metal group come in whose music was sonically unforgiving, and loud as can be. In contrast, they were five of the coolest, most down-to-earth guys I have ever met, and when I talked to them before hearing the band I would not have known what kind of music they chose to play; I would’ve guessed indie-folk, or something.
Here I am, about to reach the end of my second month here at Bear Creek Studio. So much information has been constantly fed into my brain that it has been slightly overwhelming at times. I can safely say that I have been, in some way, actively involved in every aspect of running this studio. I have been trusted to handle important transactions related to the business side of things, and have also been asked to provide the studio with research and opinion regarding new artists that may be interested in checking out what Bear Creek has to offer them. Just the other day, I was asked to provide a guitar solo on one of the in-session band’s songs, which felt like quite the honor (and I must say, the solo wasn’t half bad either!).
This week’s blog features Joshua Kipersztok, a fifth semester EPD major interning at Bear Creek Studio near Seattle. Josh recently started his internship at Bear Creek and we’ll check back with him periodically for updates on his progress.
These past couple weeks have been a blur, to say the least. I have had a fair share of both positive and negative experiences throughout, but altogether I have grown tremendously confident in my abilities as an intern. To elaborate, there have been a few situations where I was told, bluntly, that my work on a particular task or two had not been adequate enough for the studio’s standards. These were tough instances to recover from, since it required that I honestly examine the flaws in my problem solving for those particular moments.
That being said, these bumps in the road have been important learning experiences, and I feel that I’m getting to the point where I can stop viewing my internship as a challenge but as an outlet for my newly acquired skills. Every day I come here now, I look forward to the new tasks presented, instead of shying away from them. Both Jerry and Ryan (my supervisors for this internship) have been very helpful in making sure I develop the confidence needed to handle myself in a professional studio.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now, more to come in the next couple weeks!