seminars in southern France. But the cost is steep, and there are other factors to consider...
Honestly, I didn't think I had any chance of being accepted when I submitted my application. But somehow I made it into the group of fifteen engineers that will be spending a week at La Fabrique
living with and learning from an A-list producer (who I'm not going to specify, but he is quite well-known, even on Metafilter).
As a long-time aspiring songwriter, this seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity. As an industry amateur who is admittedly a below average musician and whose recording experience lies entirely in his bedroom, it's pretty terrifying. But I can deal with all that...I have some very supportive fans and have worked with professional musicans before, so I have some confidence and experience in playing above my league. I have no doubt this would take my game to a completely different level, and the networking would be exceptional.
The real problem is going to be convincing my wife that this is a real opportunity, and not a scam. The price tag is steep: approximately US$5000 to attend (which includes a room in the mansion and three meals a day), plus transportation from the L.A. area to the south of France. Say about $7k in total. This isn't an impossible figure, but it's a pretty difficult one.
My wife is very supportive in nearly everything that I do, except for my music, which has been a source of tension in the past. When I told her I was on the waiting list for MwtM, she was not impressed, and now that I've been accepted, I'm not quite sure what to do. This is bound to cause all sorts of strife and arguments.
Looking online at the studio, the grounds, the producer I'd be learning from and the testimonials of the past participants...well, this seems like it would be a dream come true. I honestly think I will regret it in a massive way if I let the opportunity pass. But I need a reality check. Do I just have stars in my eyes? Would this really be worth attending?
And if it is...how do I convince my wife?