Ryan Oper (New Caledonia)

Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production

Course Attended: Live Sound and Event Production

Ryan Oper from New Caledonia had the option to study live sound in France, Australia or New Zealand. He choose MAINZ after he went to Auckland to visit the school and was impressed by the city and MAINZ’s facilities.

“I really liked Auckland and MAINZ. When I visited MAINZ there were people playing music everywhere and it had a great vibe. I really had a great year at MAINZ, it didn’t really feel like school. I got lots of support from tutors and opportunities for work experience,” says Ryan.

“At the beginning I wanted to study audio engineering but because I did not have any experience it was recommended that I study for a Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production for my first year and go on to do audio engineering. After my first year I got a job offer so I started to work straight away.

I have been working for Staging Connections since 2005. They sponsored me to get a work visa and now I am a permanent resident. It is a great job.”