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From a mid-term  report by acting mentor John Boylan:

“My dictum is: Call me when there is a crisis and call me when you achieve big success. That way the door is not only open to discuss on a weekly basis but during those heightened times when “you really need someone to talk to”. I think this must be a key part of the definition of a mentor. Being there when needed.

“A mentor needs to have no ‘angle’; no personal interest in the sense of having something to gain. A mentor can’t want to be liked or always right. A mentor’s brain must be working objectively and if that is taking place then the mentee feels this openness and purity and this lays the atmosphere where trust can be built.”

Part of a final report by music mentee Patricia Wheeler:

“At the beginning of this project, I assumed I knew what the words “mentor” and “artist” meant. While I may have been technically correct, it became apparent to me after my third session with Mike that my understanding of the terms was super?cial…The concepts Mike brought up when he was not addressing the tools and building materials involved in constructing a piece of music in this idiom spoke to the true nature of creativity, revealed to me the constant state of flux that the equation “Vision + Craft = Art” exists in, and ended up being the stuff of true mentorship.”

Media mentee Kyle McDonald

“In the arts, the idea of a mentor and an apprentice is ancient….With Dale’s help, I’ve gone from a scatterbrained approach … to a laser focus on what I need to do to get to where I want to go. I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity, and I’m certain it will shape my future life.”

Media mentor Dale Barnes

“To be able to talk to a young student like Kyle, and see him progress, and to be able to utilize the knowledge you have, instead of letting it go forever, I really thank CSARN from the bottom of my heart…..The more they can do of this, the better it’s going to be for everyone in the industry.”

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