Alumni Review: Shin Kamiyama, Audio Production & Engineering 2009

Shin Kamiyama graduated with honours from the Audio Production & Engineering program in 2009. Upon graduation, Shin interned at several recording studios in the GTA, which quickly led to a full-time position as an Audio Engineer.

When asked about his experience as a student, Shin stated that, “I thought the Audio Production & Engineering program was great. The instructors taught us a lot. I’d recommend the program to anyone interested in audio-related work. It really allows graduates to go into any audio field they want, whether it be studio work, live sound, post-production for TV/movies, etc.”

Like many graduates fresh out of school, Shin found that it would be beneficial to gain some experience as a studio intern in hopes of eventually landing a permanent job in a studio. Shin interned at Iguana Recording in Toronto several months after graduation. In addition to his internship at Iguana, Shin also interned at Metalworks Studios. His internship at Iguana Recording was complete after three months. At the same time Shin was leaving Iguana, their Head Engineer was leaving to go work at Liberty Studios, another Toronto-based recording studio. Impressed by the work ethic and skills that Shin had shown over the past three months, the Head Engineer decided to take Shin with him to Liberty Studios. Shin was then hired on as an Assistant Engineer.

Currently Shin is working as the Main Staff Engineer at Liberty Studios. He says of his job, “I love everything about it. I get paid to work on music, and get to work with artists/producers I really like and respect. I really can’t complain.”

Shin says of his future that he wants to “keep doing what I’m doing, working with different artists, and always looking to improve my work as an engineer. I guess my big goals would be a Juno or Grammy award.”

For those who are looking to build a successful career in the entertainment industry, Shin only has one word of advice – “network!”