Where are you currently employed?
NBC Universal/Bluewave Audio
Right now, the stage I'm working on is mixing a SyFy show called Warehouse 13 and a Disney show called Good Luck, Charlie. In the fall, we will be working on The Office, Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Up All Night, Cougar Town, Last Man Standing and Work It.
Describe Your Job.
Overall, my main job is to help projects flow through the mixing stage by collaborating with mixers, supervisors, editors, associate producers and engineers. All of these people help me gather information about how to best capture a quality-sounding show and provide good elements for people downstream. Some of the things I do every day include preparing playback elements, setting up recorders and setting up different console configurations depending on each show’s requirements. When a show is completed, all elements used to create the mix are organized into neat little packages and backed up. Then I leave a trail of bread crumbs behind to remind me how to get back into the show if need be.
How did you first become interested in this line of work?
I have always loved music and movies. When my dream of working in the music business faded, I started looking into sound for television.
Who gave you your first break?
Larry Manley gave me my first job in a post-production facility where I worked in the tape vault.
What was your first union job?
Recordist for Todd-AO Stage V on the CBS lot.
Which of your credits or projects have made you the most proud and why?
The indie film Garden State was my first feature credit. Although challenging, the collaborative spirit during the dub was very rewarding.
What was your biggest challenge in your job (or on a particular project) and how did you overcome/solve it?
These days, my biggest challenge is trying to stay ahead of technology, which is changing more quickly. It’s lik,e I’m writing this right now and, hey, hang on, I've got to update my computer...
What was the most fun you’ve had at work?
That is a tough question. An easier question would be which was the least fun. Most people I work with manage to keep me laughing and remind me to not take it too seriously.
Jobwise, what do you hope to be doing five years from now?
I love what I do but I have often thought of pursuing some sort of supervising—sound or technical or both… But, what I really want to do is direct. Yeah, that's it.
What are your outside activities, hobbies, passions?
I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. But, seriously, I enjoy mountain bike-riding, tinkering with gadgets of all kinds, collecting music and practicing yoga.
Favorite movies? Why?
Favorites are hard to nail down, but one that I keep coming back to is Blade Runner. The look and sound of that film was way ahead of its time and still holds up today. Donnie Darko is another favorite. It has a great soundtrack and a good mind-bending story.
Favorite TV programs? Why?
Breaking Bad is on the top of my queue because of the great acting and incredible character development. Parks and Recreation does a hilarious job of poking fun at government. I also enjoy The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for funny political commentary.
Do you have an industry mentor?
I have never had an official mentor. However, I would have to say that the industry as a whole has taught me many things. I continue to meet inspirational people.
What advice would you offer to someone interested in pursuing your line of work?
Get your foot in any door close to what you want to do, be a proactive learner, be persistent and don't get too discouraged.
Was there ever a circumstance when you had to rely on the Guild for help or assistance?
Years ago, I called on the Guild to support me when an employer was confused about who determines employment eligibility. They made some calls and everything worked out.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fellow Guild members, some words of encouragement?
Keep up the good work. Stay smart, stay strong. Power to the people.
- Compiled by Edward Landler
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