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MA University: Online Courses - GrandMA Console Training - Year Round

Ready to take your design to the next level? Learn to program with a grandMA lighting console with MA Lighting University.

As our industry is constantly progressing, we at MA Lighting believe that solid knowledge and constant learning are not only needed – they are essential. While shows are getting more and more complex these days, there is a constant need to always stay up to date. Software and features evolve. There is always something to learn and areas to improve.

The MA University

The MA University aims to enable lifelong learning opportunities, constant improvement and creates a platform for staying up to date by providing comprehensive training programs and delivering global MA knowledge to the highest quality standards.

This is particularly important when it comes to MA console training, however it is equally relevant when setting up a network utilizing MA hardware solutions.

The training program of the MA University is certified worldwide by MA Lighting and aims to guarantee a consistency of knowledge independent of the training concept and location.

GrandMA Console Online Training

If you are new the grandMA lighting console and want to get started with the basics, grandMA offers a collection of instructional YouTube videos to demonstrate the basics of grandMA programming:

Another source of education is from MA Lighting.

MA provides a number of courses and access to training at their MA University. The focus can be on concerts, touring and live events OR theatre, musicals, television and film.

MA Lighting has this to say about their courses:

By providing comprehensive training programs, MA Lighting aims to offer its customers the best possible qualifications. This is particularly important when it comes to grandMA2 console and dot2 training; however, it is equally relevant when using an MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) or setting up a network via MA-Net2/MA-Net utilising the corresponding MA hardware solutions.

Our trainers are the best in their fields and teach with first-hand knowledge and experience. The topics are presented comprehensively and are illustrated in detail. To provide you with the best tutorial environments, the courses contain real equipment and products. The ratio of students to teachers is limited to make the process as comfortable and effective as possible. Trainings within the MA Lighting University are industry recognised, and attendees completing these successfully will receive a certificate.

Two strong elements form the basis of the MA University concept, aimed to deliver the best learning experience for you. Both elements of the MA University training concept – E-learning and hands-on training – offer multiple advantages. In combination, they guarantee the best possible learning experience and a sophisticated understanding of MA’s products and philosophies for you.

Don’t have access to a grandMA console? No problem. MA provide a PC version of the grandMA software which has all the functionality of the real thing.

Finally, learn from the best. Find a lighting programmer who uses a grandMA system, and request that they let you tag along on their next gig, or at least ask for a quick tutorial in a live situation.

Get programming!

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Women's Audio Mission: Audio Training & Information - Online - Regular Classes

Women’s Audio Mission uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of a training environment – the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women – to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco/Oakland-based nonprofit organization that uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of an audio training environment –  the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women –  to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

About WOMEN’S AUDIO MISSION:

Women’s Audio Mission addresses two critical issues:

  1. Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.
  2. The alarming 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs since the year 2000.

WAM’s accomplishments include:

500+ women have been placed in paid positions with Google, Pixar, SFJazz, NPR, Dolby Laboratories, KQED, recording Mary J. Blige & Hillary Clinton for Apple, Comedy Central, Tracy Chapman, Animal Planet, Electronic Arts, etc

The White House Office of Social Innovation visited WAM to learn about WAM’s revolutionary methods of educating young women and girls.

WAM was recently featured on the SF Chronicle: wam.rocks/SFChron2016; KQED: wam.rocks/KQED2016; and NBC News: http://wam.rocks/wamNBCnews

WAM was named “Best of the Bay” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

2,000+ classes given to 12,000 women/girls over 15 years

WAM’s recording studio is the only professional recording studio in the world built and run entirely by women.

WAM has produced and recorded albums for over 150 artists from 21 countries, including GRAMMY-winners Kronos Quartet, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie for NPR, Angélique Kidjo (2014 GRAMMY Winner), Oscar-nominated film, “Dirty Wars”, tUnE-yArDs, Clarence Jones (Martin Luther King’s Speechwriter), award-winning singer Tanya Tagaq, and St. Lawrence String Quartet, providing work experience for 215+ women.

WAM was awarded Google RISE Awards in 2015 and 2016 for our integration of computer science into our curriculum.

Get Involved:

•Become A Member or Ally
Be the first to know about special members only and VIP events, get free magazine subscriptions and passes to conferences as well as discounts on audio gear and text books.

Student or Professional Member Levels are for anyone who is woman-identified (transgender or cisgender), non-binary or gender non-conforming.

The Ally Level is for men or other identified persons that want to show their ongoing support of WAM’s programs and initiatives.

• Training

• Events

• Job Postings

• And More…

For more information on Woman’s Audio Mission (WAM): Click Here

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Urban Dance Teacher Academy

Looking to expand your capacities as an Urban Dancer into becoming a teacher? Berlin-based Steeve Austin and his team run courses on this transition from dancer to teacher.

Steeve Austin started his career as a dancer for shows and promo-tours. Mostly gigs for Nike or L.A.gear, Adidas and more…

Autodidact till the age of 17, he moved on to get some quite important roles in musicals.

Very soon something deep inside pushed him towards passing on what he had learned to others. Teaching would grow out to become one of his life’s passion. This would give him the opportunity to travel the world.

Steeve is now known for his endless creativity and playfulness. He won dozens of titles in competitions, including a world champion title,  both as a dancer and as a coach. His recent projects include choreographing for hit tv shows, teaching workshops, organizing events, training dance teachers and running successful Youtube channels.

He has also launched a unique coaching program for dance professionals on his online platform “Raised By The Beat

Steeve is a member of the National Teachers Association of the USA, the International Association of Life Coaches and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Check out his site!

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Woman's Audio Mission: SoundChannel - Audio Training - Online - Year Round

SoundChannel brings the award winning, college-tested curriculum of Women’s Audio Mission to a worldwide audience using new online delivery methods. SoundChannel not only teaches you the right way to do all things audio but also teaches you why, by delving into the math and science that govern sound and the gear used in professional audio and recording.

Are you an aspiring music producer, recording engineer, live sound engineer or sound designer?

Get a jump-start on your career with essential training at SoundChannel!

SoundChannel is a project of Women’s Audio Mission (WAM). WAM is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women and girls in music production and the recording arts.

SoundChannel brings the award winning, college-tested curriculum of Women’s Audio Mission to a worldwide audience using new online delivery methods. SoundChannel’s online courses have re-invented the textbook, creating an entirely different learning experience: study at your own pace, see equipment up close and personal, interact and test yourself, access DIY projects and the best reading lists to brush up on the math and science necessary for a complete understanding of the field of professional audio and recording. SoundChannel not only teaches you the right way to do all things audio but also teaches you why, by delving into the math and science that govern sound and the gear used in professional audio and recording.

SoundChannel Training Library features:

•Animated, interactive e-textbooks that include audio examples, video demonstrations, DIY projects and quizzes so you can test your own progress.

•College-level content created by award-winning college professors and seasoned industry professionals. Used by colleges across the country.

•Resource library that delves deep into the science and electronics of sound and audio gear.

•Self-paced, unlimited access online 24/7.

•Affordable.

Whether you’re brushing up on recording techniques, or learning the fundamentals, there’s something here for you.

Over 6,000 students from 93 countries have been trained at SoundChannel.

SoundChannel is unlike any other available training material because it is:

1. Created and tested in a rigorous college environment by a tenured professor and 25 year audio professional.

2. Based on the science behind music production. Most music production training is weak in theory because it has been created without a solid foundation in science. It makes the content harder to understand because it seems like “magic”. SoundChannel’s materials were developed by an electrical engineer, who is an expert at making the science interesting and understandable.

3. Using current music industry references. The author was a former major-label recording artist and is an active record producer that works with artists whose music is on commercial radio stations, in Hollywood films and on television.

4. Gender and racially balanced. SoundChannel’s materials visually tie the trainings to producers, artists, educators from diverse backgrounds so that students see themselves represented in the field. There is no other training like it.

5. Revolutionary in its delivery method – full of interactive quizzes, tests and branches to other levels of difficulty or other areas of interest.

6. Full of up-close demonstrations from various viewing angles in real, world-class recording environments.

This project was made possible by funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Cultural Equity Grants, and ZeroDivide.

SIGN UP NOW:

A subscription gives you full, unlimited access to the entire SoundChannel Library. The materials are typically used by 1-2 semester course so keep that in mind when you choose a plan. You save more when you sign up for a longer plan. It’s the perfect companion for your studies.

School/Non-Profit Group Discounts:

Group discounts are available for schools and non-profits for groups as small as five. Depending on the size of the class, group pricing can be as low as $20/student per semester.

About WOMEN’S AUDIO MISSION (WAM):

Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco/Oakland-based nonprofit organization that uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of an audio training environment –  the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women –  to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

Women’s Audio Mission addresses two critical issues:

  1. Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.
  2. The alarming 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs since the year 2000.

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Feature Your Professional Development Opportunity On EVOLUTION.

Are you offering a course, class, event, or other professional development opportunity and want to share it with industry professionals around the globe? Contact us at evolution@theatreartlife.com.

Are you offering a course, class, event, or other professional development opportunity and want to share it with industry professionals around the globe? Contact us at evolution@theatreartlife.com.

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Mentorly: Writing & Publishing Mentorships - Online - All Year Round

Writing is a often a long, solo journey, but it doesn’t have to be! Connect with our wonderful mentors who have all been in your shoes and who have published dozens of articles, stories and novels between them. Whether you need feedback on your manuscript or advice on how to publish your work, they have the answers you’re looking for. Our notable mentors include Allie Larkin, Farzana Doctor, Meags Fitzgerald, Jackie Viramontez, Guillaume Morissette and Greg Santos, to name just few.

Writing is a often a long, solo journey, but it doesn’t have to be! Connect with our wonderful mentors who have all been in your shoes and who have published dozens of articles, stories and novels between them. Whether you need feedback on your manuscript or advice on how to publish your work, they have the answers you’re looking for. Our notable mentors include Allie Larkin, Farzana Doctor, Meags Fitzgerald, Jackie Viramontez, Guillaume Morissette and Greg Santos, to name just few.

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

ABOUT MENTORLY:

Mentorly is the very loved brainchild of professional Dancer, Ashley Werhun and Filmmaker, Katherine Macnaughton. As working artists, both experienced a significant gap in mentorship within the arts. After speaking to hundreds of artists and assessing their all-too-common pain points, the gap led to an urgent call to action: to provide artists with direct access to mentors who are eager to help them grow and steer their careers forward.

“Our mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.”

Every joining member helps to build a stronger community of artists that welcomes all levels, backgrounds, and creative disciplines. Welcome to the family!

Want to help us build the arts community and the next generation of great artists? We want to partner with you!

Learn More by Clicking Here!

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Actors Fund: Guidance & Grant Program - Career Transition For Dancers - Online - Year Round

The Actors’ Fund program enables dancers to define their career possibilities while developing the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines in order to thrive during all phases of their careers. Founded in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance.

The Actors’ Fund program enables dancers to define their career possibilities while developing the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines in order to thrive during all phases of their careers.

Founded in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance.

Core program services include:

•Career Counseling and Guidance Program
•Scholarship and Grant Program

Dancers are also eligible to receive individual and group counseling services, referrals for healthcare and health insurance and, where eligible, access to emergency financial assistance.

ELIGIBILITY:

For dancers interested in career counseling and guidance:

•An active dancer must currently be working professionally (or withing the last 12 months) in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry
OR
•Currently be enrolled in a competitive dance/training/education program and intend to derive income as a professional dancer
OR
•Former dancers must have a minimum of seven years paid employment in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry with five years of earnings of at least $5,000 a year,
OR
•Dancers over 65 must be able to document that his/her primary life earnings were derived from the entertainment industry

For dancers interested in a scholarship or grant:

•A professional dance career of 7 or more years (years need not be consecutive or current) within the past 20 years;

•100 weeks or more of paid dance employment in the United States (US citizens with global dance experience inclusive);

•Total gross earnings of a minimum of $56,000 (arrived at by combining the annual gross income of the 7 highest earning years within the past 20 years);

•Document a financial need;

•Consultation with a Career Counselor, either in person or by telephone (depending on proximity to one of our offices);

FOR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT:

We provide assistance nationally. For more information and an application, please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
Patch Schwadron, Senior Career Counselor
917.281.5992
pschwadron@actorsfund.org

Chicago
Maryellen Langhout, Career Counselor
312.414.0500
mlanghout@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
Sophia Kozak, Career Counselor
323.330.2472
skozak@actorsfund.org

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Mentorly: Visual Art Mentorships - Online - All Year Round

Mentorly mentor and acclaimed visual artist Olivia Knapp wishes she too have had access to a resource that could connect her with artists working in her desired field before spending substantial amounts on art school tuition that didn’t directly yield her career. That’s why she’s so keen on giving back through Mentorly, alongside our many other brilliant visual artists, Jason Cantoro, Dave Todaro, MissPixels and Lisa McLinden. Let them guide you on finding your own aesthetic and technique and getting your work known!

Mentorly mentor and acclaimed visual artist Olivia Knapp wishes she too have had access to a resource that could connect her with artists working in her desired field before spending substantial amounts on art school tuition that didn’t directly yield her career. That’s why she’s so keen on giving back through Mentorly, alongside our many other brilliant visual artists, Jason Cantoro, Dave Todaro, MissPixels and Lisa McLinden. Let them guide you on finding your own aesthetic and technique and getting your work known!

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

ABOUT MENTORLY:

Mentorly is the very loved brainchild of professional Dancer, Ashley Werhun and Filmmaker, Katherine Macnaughton. As working artists, both experienced a significant gap in mentorship within the arts. After speaking to hundreds of artists and assessing their all-too-common pain points, the gap led to an urgent call to action: to provide artists with direct access to mentors who are eager to help them grow and steer their careers forward.

“Our mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.”

Every joining member helps to build a stronger community of artists that welcomes all levels, backgrounds, and creative disciplines. Welcome to the family!

Want to help us build the arts community and the next generation of great artists? We want to partner with you!

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Mentorly: Design & Arts x Business Mentorship - Online - All Year Round

Are you hitting a wall with monetizing your passion? We have just the right mentors to give you bridge the gap between making art and selling it. Gain knowledge from Art Director, artist and curator Caterina Rizzi who is also the Co-Founder of the wildly successful and fast-growing startup Breather. This highly-regarded mentor and entrepreneur will help you turn your exceptional talent into a vibrant business. Don’t wait to book, your career depends on it!

Are you hitting a wall with monetizing your passion? We have just the right mentors to give you bridge the gap between making art and selling it. Gain knowledge from Art Director, artist and curator Caterina Rizzi who is also the Co-Founder of the wildly successful and fast-growing startup Breather. This highly-regarded mentor and entrepreneur will help you turn your exceptional talent into a vibrant business. Don’t wait to book, your career depends on it!

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

ABOUT MENTORLY:

Mentorly is the very loved brainchild of professional Dancer, Ashley Werhun and Filmmaker, Katherine Macnaughton. As working artists, both experienced a significant gap in mentorship within the arts. After speaking to hundreds of artists and assessing their all-too-common pain points, the gap led to an urgent call to action: to provide artists with direct access to mentors who are eager to help them grow and steer their careers forward.

“Our mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.”

Every joining member helps to build a stronger community of artists that welcomes all levels, backgrounds, and creative disciplines. Welcome to the family!

Want to help us build the arts community and the next generation of great artists? We want to partner with you!

Learn More by Clicking Here!

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Active Shooter: How To Respond In Your Venue

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

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Your Direct Link To Design Mentorship

Mentorly has wonderful mentors in Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting and Stage Design, who are all eager to connect with you!

The world of fashion is forever changing and Andrea Lauer is on the leading edge of it. As a fashion technologist, she lectures at MIT and New York University where you can learn about sensors, electronics, and material science or how to break into the industry of technological wearables and how they weave into everyday lives. Andrea’s built artistic companies and collectives and has designed for Broadway and Theater. As a Chief Creative Officer, you’re in the most capable of hands. Fashion not your thing? Mentorly has wonderful mentors in Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting and Stage Design, who are all eager to connect with you!

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Your Direct Link To Music Mentorship

Looking to start a career in music? Take advantage of a rare opportunity to be coached by our acclaimed music mentors...

Looking to start a career in music? Take advantage of a rare opportunity to be coached by our acclaimed music  mentors Andrew Wan, Ross Snyder, Paul Cargnello and Caracol, to name a few. Whether in classical or experimental electronic, these mentors thoroughly understand the industry and could be your secret edge to getting your next big break!

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Your Direct Link to Film & Video Mentorship

Gain insight into the nuts of bolts of producing and directing a film, music video, and corporate video and learn how to get your work onto the silver screen at festivals!

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Jacob Patrick, Derek Branscombe and Pawel Pogorzelski all have two things in common: they are successful filmmakers, each with a distinctive style and approach to filmmaking, and they are eager to help you navigate your film career! Gain insight into the nuts of bolts of producing and directing a film, music video, and corporate video and learn how to get your work onto the silver screen at festivals!

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The Definitive Facebook Marketing Guide

Let’s be clear right upfront: Facebook marketing is not the same thing as Facebook advertising. Yes, your Facebook marketing strategy can include advertising (more on that below), but since Facebook is, after all, a social network, your strategy...

Let’s be clear right upfront: Facebook marketing is not the same thing as Facebook advertising. Yes, your Facebook marketing strategy can include advertising (more on that below), but since Facebook is, after all, a social network, your strategy should also include efforts to build lasting relationships and ongoing engagement through valuable content that’s not about making the sale.

How to create a Facebook marketing plan in 7 steps

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Arts X Business with Mentorly

If you’re looking to build a company from the ground up, fundraise like a pro, produce a show or a festival, and make your employees think more creatively, find the guidance you need by connecting with renowned artist...

If you’re looking to build a company from the ground up, fundraise like a pro, produce a show or a festival, and make your employees think more creatively, find the guidance you need by connecting with renowned artist and social entrepreneur, John Michael Schert! John Michael has gone from Professional Dancer to Executive Director and Producer of companies like Trey McIntyre Project and the Treefort Music Fest. He has graced the pages of the New York Times for his innovative work and regularly lectures at the Chicago Booth School of Business and Google.

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High End Systems - ETC - Hog Programming (2-Day Seminars) - Regular Classes Available - U.S.A.

This two-day programing introduction course covers the powerful Hog control software, which is used in the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Hedgehog 4 and Hog 4 PC application. Attendees will learn a hands-on approach, using the industry standard Big Hog hardware with Hog 4 operating software, connected to a visualiser.

About ETC – High End Systems:

High End Systems Inc. began as a grassroots venture in Austin, TX between a musician, a DJ, and a photographer. Our mission has always been to provide quality lighting products with great service. We’ve gone on to become a global industry leader and innovative force by introducing a series of ground-breaking new technologies that helped define the industry.

We at High End Systems Inc. are proud to call ourselves an ETC company as of April, 2017. Our offices are located in Austin, TX as they have been for years. Combined with ETC we represent one of the most powerful entertainment lighting manufacturers around the globe. Now in our fourth decade of operation, we’re proud to be a pioneer in high power LED automated lighting, a pioneer in digital lighting fixtures, and producer of industry preferred lighting controllers for live event and concert touring applications.

At High End, we innovate and create the lighting products and control systems that illuminate some of the world’s biggest artists on the largest stages. Our portfolio also contains film and television studios, cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, churches, restaurants and retail spaces.

We attribute our success to staying in touch with the needs of our customers and community. Product research and development is an ongoing collaboration between in-house engineers and lighting professionals in the field and this collaboration is largely to thank for our status as a major industry innovator and intellectual property holder.

As members of the entertainment community, we know reliability is paramount. We maintain rigorous manufacturing standards, while providing industry-leading customer support services.

ETC and High End together, known for innovation and creativity, promise to bring bigger and better things to you for many, many years to come.

ETC – High End – Training Centers & Online Videos:

The High End Systems Training Center is the portal to information about our technical training classes along with online resources including videos and tutorials. Please use the links below to navigate further.

High End Systems offers one of the industry’s top lighting and console training programs, developed to ensure you have the support and most up-to-date technical knowledge needed to be on top of your game in this competitive market.

Free, online videos developed by our Support and Training Department. Topics covered in our videos include Wholehog, DL.3 and DL.2.

Hog Programming (Two-Day Seminar):

This two-day programing introduction course covers the powerful Hog control software, which is used in the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Hedgehog 4 and Hog 4 PC application. Course content is regularly updated as the software continues to add functionality.

This fast-paced course requires a good working knowledge of basic entertainment lighting terminology. Attendees will learn a hands-on approach, using the industry standard Big Hog hardware with Hog 4 operating software, connected to a visualiser.

Topics covered during the two-day course include:

  • Console layout
  • Patching
  • Show file organisation
  • Programming
  • Timing
  • Palettes
  • Cues
  • Directories
  • Pages
  • Scenes
  • Saving Show Files
  • And More…

Sessions are held at ETC’s premises throughout the United States.

Classes run from 09:00 to 17:00; lunch is provided.

Space is limited: Only 6 seats are available for each session. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

This class is always evolving as the HOG Control Software continues to add functionality.

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Introducing Mentorly, Your Direct Link To Arts Mentorship

Mentorly is the very first online arts mentorship platform, connecting artists around the world. Mentorly is their direct link to mentorship.

Mentorly is the very first online arts mentorship platform, connecting artists around the world.

Mentorly is their direct link to mentorship.

Head over to Mentorly.co and sign up as a mentor, mentee, or both. Pick your discipline, browse our community of critically acclaimed mentors, request an hour-long session, and meet your chosen mentor via videoconference – all seamlessly hosted on our intuitive platform.
The experience is curated by Mentorly, taking all of the guesswork and intimidation out requesting guidance.

At Mentorly, we believe in supporting emerging artists, because talent and hard work aren’t the only defining factors of success. Thanks to mentors’ generous donations, our InKind Fund sponsors artists lacking the financial means to book a session with the mentor of their choice.

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Your Direct Link To Circus Mentorship

Whether you like to test your body’s limits or simply love entertaining audiences, passion for Circus Arts isn’t everything; you need to practice extensively with a clear idea of your unique offering and that’s just a first step…

Whether you like to test your body’s limits or simply love entertaining audiences, passion for Circus Arts isn’t everything; you need to practice extensively with a clear idea of your unique offering and that’s just a first step… Which school do you choose? What company do you audition for? Tania Holt, world-touring aerialist with Cirque du Soleil, choreographer, and coach is available to help you find your way. Connect with her on Mentorly.co.

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When First Aid/AED/CPR Training isn't enough.

In most areas of live entertainment, it is expected that staff are trained in First Aid/CPR/AED at a minimum. But have you ever felt a little unprepared for an emergency? There is more training out there and the internationally recognised PHTLS (Prehospital Trauma Life Support) Course is a good step up.

For those involved in flying automation systems, acrobatic performance, long and arduous load in/load outs in touring, there are risks. Being a confident and capable first responder can be key in saving a colleagues’ life. NAEMT provide a 2-day course with practical and theory components to upskill your emergency response. Be aware though, you will need to read the textbook thoroughly and brush up on your medical terms. This is no easy course to pass. Here is NAEMT’s summary:

NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education.  PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field, ATLS Guidelines and feedback from PHTLS participants.

Although PHTLS originated in the United States, it has evolved and now serves as an international education program available to EMS providers in countries around the world.

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Acrobatic Demo Reels - What does Casting want to see?

Many aspiring performers spend hours preparing a show reel for auditions with introduction graphics and music and carefully selected well-shot pieces from their prior work. But what does casting want in a show reel? Here are a few tips.

Imagine you are a casting agent and you have to watch hundreds of show reel submissions per week. All they are seeking in your acrobatic demo reel is a demonstration of your ability. In one resident Las Vegas acrobatic show, those responsible for casting watch the audition show reels without the sound of the reel on. So instead of painstakingly choosing the music for your reel, focus on what the casting teams are really looking for.

  1. Keep it under 3 minutes.
  2. Provide footage of competent skills only (not what you could do 5 years ago, what you can do now)
  3. Do not show a progression of skills. This is unnecessary. Show the final skill. A good casting agent knows what it takes to get there.
  4. No need to repeat skills from different angles
  5. No need for amazing production value, artistic lighting etc. Casting want to see your skills clearly.

Alongside your demo reel, provide your CV. Do not forget to include this information:

  1. Name. Address. Email. Telephone number.
  2. Include your Date of Birth.
  3. Height. Weight. Eye colour and hair style/colour.

In terms of CV layout:

  1. Previous performance experience (most recent first) with dates.
  2. Background training and achievements.
  3. Education
  4. Special Skills
  5. Links to Demo reel
  6. Provide headshot and full body shot (form fitting clothes/top off for boys)
  7. 2 references and contact details of those references.

Providing all of the points above give casting a good idea of you and your ability. From this information, casting will have enough to assess your suitability for the role they are seeking to fill.

Give them what they need the first time around. Good luck!

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Stepping into Management?

Is your career transitioning into a more managerial role? Many of us who work in the industry do not get any formal training in management and learn by trial and error. Self-education is key. Here is some recommended reading for industry professionals stepping into this arena.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other’s Don’t

Thinking, Fast and Slow

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Courses

Rational Acoustics - In Person Trainings

Rational Acoustics are the owners and developers of the world-renowned Smaart® Acoustic Test and Measurement Software.

Smaart is the most straightforward and widely used software for real-time sound system measurement, optimisation and control. For over 18 years it has garnered a loyal following from every corner of the audio industry. And on a daily basis it helps audio professional around the globe do their jobs better, faster and, of course, smarter. Rational Acoustics offer courses in numerous locations around the world.

Rational Acoustics offer the following courses:

Smaart Operator Fundamentals

Smaart Basics

Application Practicums

These courses are offered in numerous locations in USA, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America

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My Evolution

Expanding Your Job Search Abroad? Read These Resume Tips First!

It's time to update your resume for overseas jobs and internships. Read these 10 tips on how to write a great CV that will get you hired!

    1. Save your CV or resume as a PDF file.  Sending a Word or Pages file may seem “amateur” to many organizations.
    2. Save As “YOUR NAME.MONTH-YEAR”  Do not save the document under the file name “Resume”.  Someone may file it away haphazardly and you will never be found again. Ex: Joe Smith CV-March 2017.pdf
    3. If you are sending a cover letter, save the file using the same format as your CV: Joe Smith Cover Letter-March 2017.pdf  (Do not send a cover letter in the body of the application email).
    4. Add your country code to your phone number. You are sending your resume overseas, don’t make the future employer search for the country code to use to call you. Ex: +853 000 0000
    5. Be creative with your CV or resume format.  Most organizations do not expect to see standard business formatting like in the past, especially international companies.  Take the opportunity to highlight your personality and style.
    6. Proof it. Double check it. Get a friend to check it. Do not send a CV with spelling and grammatical errors and mistakes.
    7. Make yourself accessible. Provide multiple ways to communicate with you: Skype, WhatsApp, Email address, Phone number, Voxer. If companies contact you to ask for a time to chat, go to timeanddate.com – world meeting planner. Look up the employers time zone and your time zone and set aside dates and times that work for you, listing both time zones. 
    8. Add specific details. Rather than simply listing your past employment, expand on some of the last projects/shows/gigs that you have worked on and include your duties and responsibilities. Keep it short and precise. Overseas employers may not be familiar with the projects/shows/gigs you are referencing so make sure they understand what your role was within them.
    9. Colored Type or No? Many of my colleagues and I have debated about color on a CV. As someone who has scanned through hundreds of CV’s, I like color, I remember color. Don’t be afraid to use it but keep it simple and subtle.
    10. Watch your page length. Many employers prefer to see a CV or resume that is 1-2 pages only. 
  1.  Tips suggested by Anna Robb: Head of Stage Management – The House of Dancing Water – Macau, China

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Become a Rigger with accreditation - What's out there?

To become an accomplished Rigger requires both experience and training. Here are some ways to explore how to become a Rigger.

To become an accomplished Rigger requires both experience and training.

There are no countries except for Australia, who require you to have a certificate in Rigging prior to getting on the job. Given the risks associated with the job, it is the individual’s responsibility to gain the training, experience and knowledge to be confident in the practical application of their work.

Here are some training resources for you to consider:

USA – The Entertainment Technician Certification Program – Arena and Theatre Rigging Certifications

UK – Professional Lighting and Sound Association – National Rigging Certificate

UK – Professional Lighting and Sound Association – National Event Lifting Certificate

AUSTRALIA – Workplace Health & Safety – Rigger Licenses

AUSTRALIA – Workplace Health & Safety – Dogger (DG) Licenses

WORLDWIDE – Industrial Rope Access Trade Association

 

 

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