NARAS P&E Wing Director Maureen Droney was a huge inspiration. Back when I was a puppy she and Leslie Ann Jones showed me that I could be a great engineer, and the fact that I was a girl had nothing to do with it. Maroon 5 / Faith No More producer Matt Wallace inspired me to think outside of the box. He was the first engineer I assisted, and I fell asleep during that first long late-night session. He has not let me forget it to this very day. As the assistant to Dave Pensado, Dave Bianco, Michael Brauer, Keith Cohen, and Tom Lord-Alge, I learned how to pace myself and work within time constraints. Prince taught me patience and how to stay on my toes. Rick Rubin is my true hero. I learned how to love producing music through him. He taught me how to listen.
In an effort to give back, I have mentored many young engineers, and helped them learn the craft. Some notables are recognizable names: Nick Raskulinecz, Rich Veltrop, Todd Montfalcone, Lori Castro, Ulrich Wild, Jared Scott. You can see a page set up to acknowledge all the interns and engineers I've taken under my wings: Sylvia Massy Alumni
People who love production and relentlessly work towards their dreams have a good chance of turning it into a rewarding lifestyle.