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Emily Yang - Y-9 Recordist/Mix Tech

July 2024

Where are you currently employed?

I am a mix technician at Signature Post. I am also a freelance dialogue editor.


Current projects?

I have been working as a mix tech on the HBO Max documentary for Lady Gaga, “Chromatic Ball Concert,” and the FX episodic show “American Sports Story.”


Describe your job.

As a mix technician, I am responsible for configuring the stage with precise technical specifications to ensure that the mix is recorded and delivered in accordance with industry standards for theatrical or episodic releases. This involves close communication with re-recording mixers, sound supervisors, and post producers.


How did you first become interested in this line of work?

I have always been drawn to storytelling through various mediums, whether it’s through sound or visual media. It was during my time at Berklee College of Music that I delved deeper into the intricate soundscape of film and animation. Immersed in this world, I discovered my passion for audio production, where creativity and technical precision intertwine. From that moment, I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career; I was driven by the desire to bring stories to life through the power of sound.


Who gave you your first break?

My first break to join the Guild came thanks to the encouragement and support of my good friend and colleague, Christina Wen, along with the belief of engineer Scott Oyster. Their confidence in me opened doors to new opportunities and allowed me to work on many meaningful projects.


What was your first union job?

Working on a television show called “The Old Man” and a feature film called “Significant Other.” Through these projects, I have met many talented professionals who have since become valued colleagues and friends.


What credits or projects are you proudest of, and why?

The documentary “King Coal” was particularly special because I had the opportunity to collaborate with close colleagues, which made the experience both rewarding and enjoyable. The final product was a testament to our collective effort and expertise.


What was your biggest challenge in your job (or on a particular project) and how did you overcome/solve it?

As a mix technician, the main challenge lies in anticipating and addressing potential issues with adaptability and calmness. While it is impossible to predict every problem, staying alert and responsive allows me to troubleshoot effectively on stage.


What was the most fun you’ve had at work?

The most enjoyable aspect of my work is witnessing the seamless collaboration between sound and visuals in the final form before it’s shared with the outside world. It’s truly rewarding to see how each element contributes uniquely to the overall composition, serving as a testament to the time and effort invested in the project.


Jobwise, what do you hope to be doing five years from now?

In five years, I aspire to collaborate with talented peers from around the world, broadening my horizons and engaging in diverse projects that challenge and enhance my skills. Expanding my global network and contributing to a variety of creative endeavors are key goals as I continue to grow and evolve in my career.


What are your outside activities, hobbies, passions?

Outside of work, I have a passion for pottery, photography and cooking. These hobbies allow me to express my creativity in different mediums. Pottery has been a very therapeutic and challenging experience. The process of throwing, firing and glazing the pottery pieces can leave much room for error but the end result is very satisfying. There’s just something truly special about enjoying a home-cooked meal served on a bowl or plate that I’ve crafted myself!


Favorite movie(s)? Why?

My favorite movies are “The Last Emperor” and “Our Little Sister.” Both films tell great stories and have stunning cinematography. “The Last Emperor” holds a special place in my heart because the soundtrack was composed by my role model, Ryuichi Sakamoto. His compositions leave a lasting impression and have become a staple on my playlist ever since.


Favorite TV program(s)?  Why?

My favorite shows that I often rewatch are “Clarkson’s Farm” and “Derry Girls.” “Clarkson’s Farm” is an  unscripted docuseries about a man trying to run a farm despite having no experience. It provides a humorous yet insightful look into rural life and agriculture. It reminds me of the significance of nature, especially for someone like me who spends much of their time working indoors. The characters on the dark teen comedy “Derry Girls” engage in a chaotic yet captivating portrayal of life that I would never be able to live: teens (with charming Irish accents) experiencing typical growing pains amidst the Troubles in Northern Ireland during the ‘90s.


Do you have an industry mentor?

Absolutely! Having mentors like re-recording mixers Tim Hoogenakker, Alexandra Fehrman, Rich Weingart, and Zach Seivers has been invaluable to me. Their guidance, support, and shared knowledge have played a significant role in my career development, allowing me to work on meaningful projects alongside them and grow both personally and professionally.


What advice would you offer to someone interested in pursuing your line of work?

My advice to anyone interested in pursuing a career in audio postproduction is to be persistent and curious. Embrace every opportunity to learn, whether it’s through formal education, internships, or hands-on experience. Network with professionals in the industry, seek out mentors, and never be afraid to ask questions. (There is no such thing as a dumb question!) The more you immerse yourself in the field, the more you’ll understand its nuances and develop your unique skills.


Was there ever a circumstance when you  had to rely on the Guild for help or assistance?

While I haven’t personally needed to rely on the Guild for assistance, I’m well aware of the resources available and know where to turn if the need arises.


Is there anything you’d like to say to your fellow Guild members, some words of encouragement?

I want to express my gratitude for the supportive community we have in the Guild. Let’s continue to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and inspire one another to do our best work!

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