Alfonso Alvarez: Faculty Spotlight, Career Development


Meet Alfonso Alvarez, Director of Career Development at F.I.R.S.T. Institute in Orlando, FL. Interestingly enough, he started off wanting to be a Miami rapper as a teen. So, he and his friends opened up their own independent record label, right out of high school. Very quickly, Alvarez realized that the performing side of the music […]

Film Faculty Spotlight: Trent Duncan – Life as a Creator and Instructor


In the latest Film Faculty Spotlight, Trent Duncan – Digital Filmmaking & Video Production instructor – gives the behind-the-scenes scoop on classes at F.I.R.S.T. Institute. Having worked in the digital media industry for 15 years, Duncan brings valuable knowledge through extensive experience to his classrooms. Plus, he has worked in both ends of filmmaking, production […]

F.I.R.S.T. INSTITUTE SPOTLIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR DONNEY SMITH


We’ve all heard the saying, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” But what happens when hard work and talent combine, determination joins drive, passion meets productivity, goals unite with greatness, and creativity meets career to form one of the top music production schools? The answer is success! In a one-on-one interview with […]