Like many people that work in audio, my introduction was through music. My story begins in the same way that people my parents age would have: one day when I was about 8 years old, I heard The Beatles on the radio. The rest is history. Now I’m a music fan. Fast forward a few years, and I got my first guitar. Soon enough the need to record demos came along.
After a few years of college, I decided to learn audio engineering on a professional level. I ended up deciding upon an audio visual school located in Nice, France, where I was able to not only learn audio techniques for recording music, but a whole lot more. I learned audio engineering for just about any application, with lots of hands on experience, particularly in production sound and post production for films, which would later come in handy. They also taught me about camera, lighting, editing, and much more. I also became quite fluent in French, since the school was all in French. After three years it was time to return to the states. I still wanted some certifications to round out my resume, and enrolled in another audio program that was only several months. This got me certified on a number of software and hardware that would prove to be useful to me in the future.
I spent my internship at a recording studio in Oakland, California, where I would end up working for a while. But business was slow and I wasn’t getting the bills paid, so I decided to take a gamble and move to Los Angeles, and try my luck there. I took any kind of gig that I could get. Mostly in audio, but I also did some photography, graphic design, web design, and translation work. Most of my audio gigs were working on indie films and low budget web series. Then I got a job at a studio doing audio restoration. This was when Blue Ray was making an appearance, and it’s extra capacity meant that along with higher resolution video, they could store multiple languages in surround, since DVDs would usually have the primary language in surround sound, and any additional languages would be in stereo or even mono. My job was to clean up the M&E stems, and the dialogue tracks, and make surround mixes, as well as extensive quality control.
I still did other freelance work, and more and more of it pointed to production sound. So I began assembling a modest sound package. Before long, production sound was all I did full time. My equipment package grew, my experience grew, as well as my contacts and credits. I worked on all kinds of high end productions such as television shows, movies, commercials, documentaries, and just about any kind of project tou can think of. About a decade later I moved to Northern California where I live today for a change of scenery, but sound is still all I do, and things haven’t slowed down at all.