Crystal Olson, CRAS in Tempe, Arizona

"I am glad I chose to attend the Conservatory," said Crystal Olson

Olson graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2008, and used it to land a job at one of the top music studios in Chicago. She now has a successful career as a manager at Groovemaster, a place she actually started as an intern while still at CRAS.

"I liked the fact that Groovemaster was a smaller company….I definitely felt like I could contribute…" said Olsson, "Looking back, I am grateful I wasn’t hired at the other places I interviewed because I wouldn’t be where I am today."

Olson works with rock, alternative rock and metal bands. The list includes chart toppers like Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down, Finger Eleven and Cyndi Lauper.

"I feel that CRAS really helped me prepare for the real world in the recording industry. The gear at the school is exactly what you will find at commercial recording studios, and the tips and advice they give you are spot on," said Olson. "Being a student at CRAS taught me to take initiative to learn as much as I could, [and] running your own sessions gives you the confidence and knowledge to do it on your own".

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