Denise Baboukis – Class of 2017

What is your job title and what are your job duties?
I currently have two industry jobs. My first job is an internship with Spin Recording Studios. At Spin Recording Studios my job is to assist with set up/clean up of sessions.  Also, I assist in the sessions doing anything from going on coffee runs to adjusting microphones. My second job is another internship as a radio host on with Mark Mendoza from Twisted Sister. There are two other co-hosts, Frankie and Archie. My job duties include coming up with topics to talk about, promoting the show and being a talent scout.

What are some of the things you like best about this job?
Both places are completely different from each other but I enjoy every moment I am at either place. One of the things that I like most about Spin Recording Studios is the fact that everyone there is willing to teach me. I’m always learning something new whether it’s about the industry or about mixing and recording. However, the radio show is a place for me to just let loose and just hang out, it’s a whole different world from a recording studio.

How do you see yourself using your Audio Production skills in the future?
I use my audio skills every single day. When I’m not at my internships I’m working for myself doing live sound gigs and other freelance work or just practicing my craft. Everyday I have the chance to grow as an audio engineer, so I take advantage of every opportunity.

How did your education at AMP prepare you for this job?
AMP put me into real life situations from the very beginning. Because of this I was able to apply real experiences when dealing with my clients. Also, I feel I am able to hold myself in a more professional manner from what I was taught at AMP. Not only did this school help me to become more of a professional but they also helped me understand how the industry works and the techniques involved.

What is your fondest memory of AMP?
My fondest memory from AMP is when I stayed after class one day, I was practicing with a pop song and had asked one of the teachers for advice. He was ready to leave when I caught him but he took the time to stay and show me some tricks I could use when mixing. I still continue to use what he taught me that night in a lot of the songs I do today!

What advice would you give to a student who is considering pursuing the Recording & Sound Technology field?
My advice would be to talk to as many people as you can and make connections early. You never know who you are going to run into just walking down the street. Not only that but work as hard as you possibly can and people will notice how hard you work!

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