Why Don’t People think Sound Mixing is a Real Job?

I went to a cocktail party last week and was chatting and socializing with various people about their jobs and when I told this group of late 20 somethings what I did. Two of them got a strange look on their faces and asked me ” What job are you hoping to have one day.?” I explained  though I hope to work on more film work then reality work eventually but that I am very happy with what I currently do. The women with him couldn’t understand my job so I explained in more detail what I do. Her response was ” You actually go to college for this? I explained yes I do have a B.F.A and that I have been the sound supervisor on a few large projects in the last few years and work for some big companies she might have heard of. I then walked away to prevent my head from exploding……

Sound mixing is just as much as a profession as banking, selling insurance or sales. I love what I do and thats what is important.

Protecting yourself and your gear from the weather

Nothing is worse than shooting in the rain, snow or sleet. But like the Post Office we must deliver. Here is how I protect my gear:

I own a Motu Sound Slick which is a large poncho well made with a clear area allow you to see your bag to mix it works well but is large and hard to carry around. But it works well and I have been in gail force winds with heavy rain and wind, and it kept me and my gear dry it also allows you to protect your boompole as well. , however if time permits I like to add a 2nd level of protection.

I usually wear a rain suit under my sound poncho or just the rain suit pants since your legs can still get damp. It will also help keep you warm in cold wet weather.

If the weather looks clear for the day I will leave all the rain gear at home. I always keep a $0.99 emergency poncho inside my sound bag in the event of an unexpected shower I can cover myself quickly.  With this rain gear you and your gear should stay dry!!!!

Taking a hard look at my approach to things

I have been working alot recently on a new reality show that has yet to air and it has been a rough bit of shooting. 4 or 5 wireless going all the time, lots of quick location changes and alot of people to mic up quickly and since we don’t have a 2nd crew I need to move fast so that camera is not waiting on me. Everyday I have been trying to figure out ways to move fast and do a better job at the same time, which is easier said then done. My first challenge was lighten by 25lb sound bag up a bit by using thinner cables and cable the exact length I need this saved me about 1lb . I also am now using a wireless plug on tx on my boompole at all times now this saves me time when setting up for our sit down interviews and allows me to have more freedom of motion when booming and not having to worry about plugging the boompole in. I have also started leaving more spare items in the production van instead of on me this has saved me 3lbs so my bag is now about 21lbs which is much better than 25. So I invite all of you to really take a hard look at how you do things and maybe you can save some weight too.

On th Road again

Another day Another shoot for NBC.  I have been so busy recently the days just seem to run together. Yesterday we were down at the University of FL covering graduation. It wasn’t a difficult day but what surprised me is that there wasn’t the excitement in the air when I graduated from college and the overall casual dress of most of the graduates. Of course me and the camera man had to wear graduation robes to blend in. There is nothing I love more than wearing a polyester robe in a over crowded old theater. But as days go it was normal 8 hours of driving and shooting.  My friends and family are always surprised at the hours we work and what we do but as I tell people we are “Living the Dream” and that is ok with me

As the cameras get cheaper the sound stays the same price

On the job this week I was talking to one of the camera ops who just bought a HVX-200 and owns a DVX-100 too. He asked me if sound gear was getting any cheaper since cameras were comign down in price. My response that audio gear is actually going up in price because of the weak dollar to euro exchange. I also explained whether I am doing sound into a PD-150 or Cine Alta I use the same gear because that is what it takes to get good sound. I also told him that products like the G2 wireless are a great tool but a lectrosonics will always sound better to me. I wished audio gear was cheaing like everyone else but at least it doesn’t become obsolete as fast as cameras.