At the end of high school, I was still very excited about a career as an audio technician in the music industry, much to the dismay of my father. He insisted I try to find a real career as an Emergency Medical Technician (keep in mind he was an AV technician at a high school). I appeased him by taking all the courses required to pursue that field in either university or college, but my heart was never in it. Against his wishes, I followed my dream and went to Fanshawe College to become a studio recording engineer.
After completing that two-year program, I got myself a job at a live sound and lighting company in Toronto. My first few years were very hard. Lots of hours for little pay, but I was so happy just to be involved in the industry that I didn’t really notice. One year the company decided to have a three-day open house where they would invite industry people to the shop to check out all the latest gear. The audio department, myself included, put together a multi-channel audio demo that we then showed to people attending the open house. I invited my father to attend and he showed up to see what a two-year college course had given me. I couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from him. He was absolutely blown away and finally realized why I was so passionate about my career. He was proud of me for following my dreams.
We spent many years discussing all the cool technology surrounding my industry and he was always the first person I would call when I had reached any milestone in my career. My dad has since passed away, but changing his mind and making him understand why I chose the career I did was my proudest accomplishment.
– Vanz, husband, father, drummer, romantic, funny, compassionate >> learn more