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- on Yelp
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Demetrious hit the nail on the head with his statement, "Video Symphony is very much what you make of it."
If you strongly feel that you want a career in post-production, getting your foot in the door may be the most difficult thing you do. You need the experience to get the job, but you can't get the experience until you get the job. It's a catch 22 in this industry.
I attended VS after completing my B.A. in Film & Media Studies at UC Irvine. I spent 4 months after college trying to get any job in the industry. A PA gig, any random 1-2 day editing gigs, I even interviewed for a position to hold a boom mic 50 hours a week for $450 a week. It was tough. Then a friend of mine working as an editor in television told me that he got his start by attending VS in 2007. I looked into it and it seemed to be EXACTLY what I was looking for. I knew that I would have a blast taking the courses and getting to do post-specific work, but then there was the tuition. I have to admit, it was scary committing that much money when I felt it was nearly impossible to get a job in the industry. I figured, what other options do I have? At least I'll have fun and I'll give it my best shot and if it doesn't work out, well, I didn't want to think about that haha.
I enrolled in Sept. 2009. Just as I expected, my classes were very fun. I was finally learning the proper way to used Avid and FCP. Before this, I was self taught, so while I knew my way around a bit, I was fascinated at how much better the software was when you know the proper way to use it! There were some fellow students that slowly dropped out because they found that they were not as passionate about editing as they had thought. If you drop out early enough, you can get a decent amount of money back. You can also audit a class or two before committing to the year long curriculum. If you are passionate about editing or assistant editing, then I guarantee you that you will enjoy your classes.
August 2010 came around and it was time to graduate. A total of 8 out of the original 12 in our cohort made it to the end. All those who didn't were voluntary dropouts. Now, it was time to get a job.
Getting a job is still not "easy" even after the completion of VS. One new attribute that I possessed this time around was total confidence. I had been using Avid so much in the past year, I felt I could take on any job. (While that may not have been the case, I still felt that way haha). I took whatever paying gigs I could get. Some were $80 a day for a couple days, others were flat rate gigs where I found myself working WAY too much for the flat rate that I was being given, but now I had the proper skills to get these little jobs which was giving me the experience that I needed. I was not thrilled about any of them because they are stressful and for not much pay, but I did what I had to do. Finally through a job lead from Barbara, I got a job as an AE at a PBS station out in the Inland Empire. I took it, regardless of the rediculously long commute, and that job finally got myself in a position to move up in the post production world. I worked there until I got my first reality TV AE gig and the saying "work begets work" is completely true. If you are good, one job will lead to the next, will lead to the next. Now I am working on a scripted Union show and couldn't be happier and I can guarantee you that I would not be in this position had I never attended VS.
The people on here posting about their horrible experiences, while some of their distaste for the school my be true, it sounds as though they let that get to them too much and let it ruin their experience. It sounds as though they were expecting the Union gig right out of school. That just isn't going to happen now matter how good you are. Everyone has to pay their dues and the fact unfortunately is, employers DON'T view school as "experience" even though at VS, it really is. Everyone has to pay their dues, even VS students who are in debt, but if you do pay your dues, then you will be handsomely rewarded not only financially, but you'll get to go into work each day, loving what you do.
If you are researching the school, I hope this helps.
- on Yelp
I had such a great experience at Video Symphony. Better than college and A LOT cheaper! I recently wrote this email to my professors and job placement advisors thanking them, because without them I wouldn't be working at BET and doing what I love.
I would like to take a moment out of all our busy schedules and let you know what an intricate part you played in furthering my career. After attending CSULA for 4 years and getting nowhere after graduation, I was feeling a little disheartened that I'd never "make it." After being introduced to your school, I quickly found that my passion was in Post. You showed me that.
Now, it's been 3 years since I started at Video Symphony and each of you have taught me things that have melded together so wonderfully to make me a true post production professional. I can now say I understand the pressures and hard work that are involved in Post, whether its from technical applications, capturing the essence of a story or getting my foot in the door, I have sucked it all up like a sponge and it has furthered me in ways I could only imagine!
I couldn't have possibly understood the inner workings of this world without your help. You have given a new dimension to teaching (because you are all teachers) with your innovative ways of making the difficult concepts easy to understand for anyone. I have enjoyed every lecture, piece of advice, and moment spent at Video Symphony. You were the reason for my attending school every day. I have a lot left to do, and a lot left to achieve, but I want you to know you have opened the doors, windows, you name it, and made it all possible for me.
Once again I would like to extend a warm thanks to you for all the superb work you have done for me (and countless others) and from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all luck in your future endeavors.
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