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Success When You're A I N T E R V I EW By Karen Soltero Young t 32-years-old, Josh Young not only has his finger on the pulse of the music industry, but he's figured out how to tie a life long love of music with a successful career in the film and television industry in a way that's innovative, effective and nurtures new and undis- covered talent. And he's having a blast doing it. Young remembers as a young kid running down to the movie theater with his best friend to watch movies on the weekend, then he would sit through all the credits. He remembered thinking that one day he wanted his name on that screen. The dream of a little kid became a reality. But not without a lot of hard work and dedication to the craft that he loves. Josh found his love of music early, at just five years old, when he learned the saxophone, clarinet, and flute as well as the piano. Trained at the Citrus College of Music, Josh spent time as a studio musician, in orchestras, and as a band member. All this time his love of film stayed with him. He began working his way up in the film and television business as an editor, cutting together the raw footage to make a cohesive show. Today he works as a lead or supervising editor on a number of major shows, including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Big Brother. Young told us he wanted to make a difference in the world. "I wanted to affect people's lives in a big way." Nine years ago, he created a boutique recording studio with pro- ducer Darian Cowgill. It was a place for artists and com- posers to create quality content for the music and film industry. It was a successful business adventure and a thriving artistic environment. But the main puzzle piece was miss- ing, until three years ago when he had a new business idea, one that would bring together his passion for music, movies, and making a difference. At that time, Young was editing TV shows, recording music, knew a lot of artists and composers, when he real- ized that there was a real need for high-quality music in the film and telelvision industry. Alias Atrium was born. The idea was to take creative artists and bridge them with the business side of entertainment. They allowed artists to be creative, do what they do well, and Atrium took care of the business side. It is clear from the excitement in his voice that Josh loves what he is able to do for both the end users of his system and the creators of the music. "So not only are we licensing and placing music on television and in films," he elaborates, "but we're also trying to take artists and give them a leg up by letting them use what we're doing as a career booster." I asked Josh about the issues facing the music industry in the digital age, when everyone has access to the kind of equipment and software that the professionals use. He pointed out that like anything else, there's an art to this kind of work. "Just because somebody knows how to use Avid or Final Cut or Pro Tools doesn't make them an engi- neer, a producer, or an editor." He admits that many people are trying to do it on their own, but that quality results really require the kind of knowledge that comes from the heart and soul, not the in- struction manual. Young states "When you become an artist at Atrium, you become part of something larger." They maintain close relationships with everybody in their group, and once someone becomes part of Atrium, they're like family. Josh Young really loves what he does, which is simply the truest measure of happiness.

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