Education & Training
After I first decided to get into web development, I took a series of classes offered by Udactiy.com. Upon completion, I received a certificate and was accepted into an enterprise application development training program for java developers. Offered by COOK Systems, this program is rigorous and has a low pass rate. If you can pass, they will place you at one of their clients. After I completed this program, I was placed at ServiceMaster as a full-stack web developer.
After doing some composition and recording on my own, I decided to go to the School of Audio Engineering Arts at BRC Audio Productions in Kansas City, Kansas where I received a certification in Audio Engineering. It is a two-year program. All the hardware, software, music theory, and business applications were taught very well, but these things are fairly simple to grasp. The focus was on listening and mixing because these are skills that are very difficult to teach and take a long time to develop. I really appreciated that about this program. They have a lot of the best hardware and software available as well as a huge microphone collection. I was able to spend hours and hours getting a feel for how all the different technology effected the final sound of each song.
Web DevelopmentAfter completing my java developer training in Phoenix Arizona, I moved to Memphis, Tennessee where I worked as a full stack web developer for ServiceMaster. I was on the team that managed their franchise websites. Then I moved back to Kansas City where I currently do freelance web development.
Audio EngineeringI started with an apprenticeship with BRC Audio Productions after completing their audio engineering program. I acted as an assistant engineer on client recording sessions. After that, I worked for Harvest Productions in Kansas City, Missouri as an audio tech. Harvest Productions does lighting, audio, and video for parties, corporate events, conventions, and shows. I helped prep/deprep, transport and set up equipment and rigging, run equipment, and teardown after events.