Global Academy recently welcomed back an esteemed former student, Harry Diffey, who currently serves as Capital’s renowned sound designer. Harry’s return to the academy was an invaluable opportunity for Year 12 students, as he generously shared his wealth of experience and insights into the intricate world of sound editing.
His familiarity with the academy’s structure and tasks, stemming from his student days, combined seamlessly with his professional experience at Capital. This unique perspective allowed him to guide the students through industry-specific techniques, providing a rare glimpse into the real-world demands of sound editing.
Rather than lecturing, Harry engaged the students by demonstrating step-by-step processes to transform a voice-over into a polished, radio-ready promo. The interactive session allowed students to witness firsthand the transformation of raw audio into a refined piece within a mere 30 minutes, a task that typically consumed hours during Harry’s student years.
The impact of having an ex-student return to mentor current students cannot be overstated. Harry’s presence injected enthusiasm and relevance into the learning experience, captivating the students in a way that traditional teaching methods might struggle to achieve. His journey from Global Academy to becoming a prominent figure at Capital served as an inspiring narrative, demonstrating the attainability of success through dedication and hard work.
At Global Academy, fostering connections between current students and successful alumni is a point of pride. The palpable excitement and engagement displayed by the students during Harry’s session reaffirmed the significance of such interactions in shaping and motivating aspiring talents.
Harry Diffey’s visit not only enriched the students’ understanding of sound editing but also ignited a spark of aspiration and determination within them, proving the impact of alumni involvement in shaping the future of Global Academy.