Seeking Career Advice

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Hector Garza, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Hector Garza

    Hector Garza Auditioning

    Mar 10, 2006
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    Hi all, name's Hector, I'm a new member here. I am a student at Lincoln Technical Institute taking the Electronic Systems Technician program in hopes of one day starting a career installing home theaters.
    I don't consider myself a complete newbie when it comes to home theater equipment although I'm certainly not as knowledgeable as some of the members here.
    I've done a fair amount of research but nonetheless I was wondering if there were any people here in the industry who can share advice on what it takes to be successful in the business and if you have any recommendations as far as reading material, websites, etc. Thanks much!
  2. GeorgeAB

    GeorgeAB Second Unit

    Jan 28, 2001
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    G. Alan Brown
    Apprentice with a company that offers CEDIA education to its installation techs. Subscribe to Widescreen Review magazine. Order their back issue of the special edition titled "Imaging Science Theatre 2000": . Read it at least twice. It's old information but most of it is still vital to understand.

    Study how films are made and movie theaters are designed. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has set standards and practices that govern the film and video industries. Read everything you can about these industry standards and practices. Everything done in home theater should be based upon these fundamentals. Far too many in this industry are ignorant of the basic rules.

    Read the FAQ sections of the various home theater web sites and forums. Plan on working for little money as a pre-wire/install tech for at least a year. You only think you know anything about this industry. Until you have worked in it for a while, you don't really understand what it takes to make a living at it.

    Best regards and beautiful pictures,
    G. Alan Brown, President
    CinemaQuest, Inc.

    "Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"

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