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This week I had chance to work with Brent Gunter at the Portland Youth Rock Orchestra (PYRO) at their head quarters. Brent Gunter (my mentor) had his office in the main room, and I was in the room next door.

My "office": I put my computer in front of the mixing equipment.

On my first day I was somewhat disappointed to hear that I would not be doing much work with Sandia Crest Entertainment, as the recording was not profitable, and they have a hard time booking acts. So, while I am surrounded by recording equipment, it seems unlikely I will be using any of it.

Instead, Brent has had me focus on working on increasing membership for PYRO. The first two days I helped Brent with his online presence, showing him how to more effectively use the Twitter, the Facebook, and the Youtube page. I have about a month's worth of posts mapped out in advance.

On Tuesday, the conductor, Anna, called in sick. This put us into "panic" mode, as we could not hold rehearsal that night without a conductor. Luckily Brent was able to call in back up, and we had a sub for that night.

In order to make sure that the sub could work, we went to the rehearsal space (West Sylvan Middle School). There I learned about the surprisingly complex world visiting a public school, which required us to check in at the office, get badges, and get stickers.

Once we made our way into the room, Brent set up the mixer board while I did some heavy lifting- moving the drums out of the closet and getting them set up. This included a full kit and the concert toms. Afterwards, I arranged all the chairs into lines, and made sure that each chair had music stand. Practice that night went successfully.

On Wednesday, Brent took me in his truck so that I could learn about canvasing. This involved "cold calling" businesses, by showing up and asking to hang posters. People online call it "guerilla marketing", but Brent made a point of calling it "polite guerilla marketing" as we only hung posters were we were given explicit permission. in some stores, we were lucky enough to find a community board, which would almost always let us hang up our promo materials. Places that didn't have a community board required us to do a "elevator speech" about why they should let us hang things up.

Thursday I made a large list of every Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels and Fred Meyer's in Portland, with the aid of the internet. The rest of the day I was sent out on my own to do canvasing at Catlin hotspots. By the end of the day I hit most of my favorite places, and even had a chance to hang up some things on campus.

Friday I spent almost the entire day on my own in Downtown Portland (around NW 21 and 23), hitting shops in the area. While I was generally successful, I encountered more competition for my canvasing here from other cultural groups (bands etc.) and political movements.

Overall, this week I got a solid introduction to the innerworkings of PYRO, and helped with the marketing.

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Thanks for the update Kenny

Sorry to hear there won't be much opportunity for recording on this project, but I was interested to read about the other things you're doing. I'd love to hear more about the kids you're working with: how old they are, what they're playing, what they seem to be getting out of participating in this program. I'll be calling Brent and you soon to set up a site visit.

RE: Tony

During the day I am not working with kids. On Tuesday's I play percussions with the advanced group, but that is not a part of the program.

As for the kids in PYRO, they are age 7-23 guitarists, bassists, percussionists, and orchestral instrumentalists. Brent says that the program offers "the rigor of classical with the excitement"

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Week 1

This week I had chance to work with Brent Gunter at the Portland Youth Rock Orchestra (PYRO) at their head quarters. Brent Gunter (my mentor) had his office in the main room, and I was in the room next door.

My "office": I put my computer in front of the mixing equipment.

On my first day I was somewhat disappointed to hear that I would not be doing much work with Sandia Crest Entertainment, as the recording was not profitable, and they have a hard time booking acts. So, while I am surrounded by recording equipment, it seems unlikely I will be using any of it.

Instead, Brent has had me focus on working on increasing membership for PYRO. The first two days I helped Brent with his online presence, showing him how to more effectively use the Twitter, the Facebook, and the Youtube page. I have about a month's worth of posts mapped out in advance.

On Tuesday, the conductor, Anna, called in sick. This put us into "panic" mode, as we could not hold rehearsal that night without a conductor. Luckily Brent was able to call in back up, and we had a sub for that night.

In order to make sure that the sub could work, we went to the rehearsal space (West Sylvan Middle School). There I learned about the surprisingly complex world visiting a public school, which required us to check in at the office, get badges, and get stickers.

Once we made our way into the room, Brent set up the mixer board while I did some heavy lifting- moving the drums out of the closet and getting them set up. This included a full kit and the concert toms. Afterwards, I arranged all the chairs into lines, and made sure that each chair had music stand. Practice that night went successfully.

On Wednesday, Brent took me in his truck so that I could learn about canvasing. This involved "cold calling" businesses, by showing up and asking to hang posters. People online call it "guerilla marketing", but Brent made a point of calling it "polite guerilla marketing" as we only hung posters were we were given explicit permission. in some stores, we were lucky enough to find a community board, which would almost always let us hang up our promo materials. Places that didn't have a community board required us to do a "elevator speech" about why they should let us hang things up.

Thursday I made a large list of every Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels and Fred Meyer's in Portland, with the aid of the internet. The rest of the day I was sent out on my own to do canvasing at Catlin hotspots. By the end of the day I hit most of my favorite places, and even had a chance to hang up some things on campus.

Friday I spent almost the entire day on my own in Downtown Portland (around NW 21 and 23), hitting shops in the area. While I was generally successful, I encountered more competition for my canvasing here from other cultural groups (bands etc.) and political movements.

Overall, this week I got a solid introduction to the innerworkings of PYRO, and helped with the marketing.

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nternship At Sandia Crest

 
This Monday I will start my work with Sandia Crest and Portland Youth Rock Orchestra (PYRO), under the mentorship of Brent Gunter. To my knowledge, I will pioneering the program. 
 
I will be aiding in all things logistical. This will involve mainly working from my own little office space. I will be helping Brent organize the various acts and concerts that Sandia Crest and put on. 
 
When acts come into the studio to record I will help on the techincal side, and all the heavy lifting (literally: drums, amps, etc). I will likely be helping set up mics and the like. During the actual sessions, I will be behind the board obseving Brent Gunter and a possibly a sound engineer.
 
The PYRO poster (with all relevant contact info)
 

 

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Lighting with Lindsey: First time with a real model!

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Yesterday (Thursday) I arrived back at Chris' apartment building in the pearl. He came down to let me in and then we went into his apartment, where his pleasant girlfriend Lindsey was cleaning the dishes. I was surprised to realize that I was comfortable with how to set up the backdrop and lighting with Chris in his apartment. I remembered how to set up the lighting with the umbrellas and everything! After setting everything up, Chris went through about 20 of my own photos I had printed out on normal paper for him. He went through with a huge sharpie and marked the lines that were present in the photograph, and was not soft when it came to criticism. Honestly I really liked how constructive he was with each photo, telling me straight up if it was an interesting composition or no. He even put checks by his favorite ones! I was really excited to have someone actually go through my favorite photos of mine and show me what they saw as a professional. It was really cool. We then went through some of my favorite photos by others (I learned quickly that he really doesn't like the Ballerina Project, which I had included two photos by them...woops). He told me about the Fibonacci Spiral (which is technically a mathematical term...who knew that so much physics and math would be included in photography. Great!). He also suggested I look up the photographer Dave Black as well as the website 500px.com. I have yet to do this becuase I've been editing photos of Lindsey from yesterday! Isn't she drop dead gorgeous?

Of course I was taking notes, and to give a little peek here's what one of my pages says:

(Single) Lighting Setups-w/key light-

Straight on with light @ eye level

  Catch lights in pupils, gives high fashion look

To the side

   Creates shadows and contrasts

Straight on=boring

Hair light= from behind (ish) lighting hair

 

Hope you like the photos! These are just the few I wanted to edit and then a few unedited ones. Chris let me take home a ton of his lighting equipment to play with! So this morning I took photos of Raina and my mom before they zoomed off to school. I'll post them in my next blogpost. Oh and Chris sent me two photos of me working with him and Lindsey!

This internship has turned into me getting free lessons from Chris...which is just plain awesome!

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I love your pictures, Anaka!

I love your pictures, Anaka! Hope you're having fun. Miss you lots.
--Emily
PS: "...which is technically a mathematical term...who knew that so much physics and math would be included in photography. Great!" I <3 MATH It needs to be used more often/all the time

I MISS YOU!

Emily,
You're so cute for reading and commenting on mah blog. I shall do the same for you buddy.
MATH NEEDS TO BE USED IN EVERY WAY SHAPE AND FORM 24/7! Since we are pros at it and would show up errbody