We’ve mentioned this many times before, but it’s worth saying again: ESP supports high-quality music education, and here near our headquarters in the Los Angeles area, the best real world music training comes from Musicians Institute. That’s why we were happy to set up a small booth at MI’s Career Day 2010, and let the current crop of students know more about working in the musical instrumental manufacturing industry.
What does musicianship have to do with working somewhere like ESP? Trust us: everyone here has a background as a musician. We’ve all played in bands, all done gigs on stages of various sizes. How else would we know what guitar and bass players really need from their instruments? When we bring in new staff members, we often look for people who not only have the skills they need to do their job, but we also will prioritize people who have a background and education in music... and we know that MI grads will be among the cream of the crop.
That’s why on Wednesday September 15, we were there at MI in the middle of Hollywood, talking to students who may want to pursue a career in our business. It was a fun affair with many different sectors of the music industry represented. Studios looking for audio engineers, film production companies wanting a fresh crop of scoring composers... even the military, who were looking for “a few good men” (and women) who wanted to perform for the troops abroad. Enjoy our pics below!
Lots of MI students gathered in this courtyard area, browsing around different tables for various career choices.
Of course, everyone wanted to meet Team ESP.
ESP Marketing Assistant (and former MI student) Mario Rubio mans the table.
An LTD Deluxe B-1005 and an ESP M-II grabbed their share of attention while people cruised by.
MI students gather around, checking their raffle ticket numbers to see if they were going to go home with a new guitar.
Another hopeful entrant in our raffle for a free guitar.
Well, he didn’t get the guitar, but a free ESP custom skateboard deck is a pretty cool consolation prize!
I won! I won!
The proud winner of our raffle. He took home a brand new LTD Deluxe Viper-1000. Sweet!