Assume you are up against 30-50+ other applicants. It’s worth putting in your best effort. When most applicants follow directions exactly or give thorough answers to questions, the ones who didn’t will probably be passed over. A scholarship application is about showing your best, but it’s also about showing financial need. It’s ok, to be […]
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Well, it looks like it’s finally starting. We’re going back to work. If you’re like me, starting up work again in the entertainment industry has been coming in at a slow trickle, which I actually think is good. We need time to reacclimate, but not just to have a job again. We have to learn how to be around people again, how to be physically active, how to stand on our feet for long periods, and how to decide what risks we’re willing to take. We need to relearn our rhythms, our flow. There’s a real thing now called Post-Covid Stress Disorder, and a whole bunch of us have it.
When sound designers work on live immersive projects, they must have an understanding of the story as much as how to implement the technology. The appreciation of story helps the sound designer make decisions about the creative and system design that will not break the audience’s suspension of disbelief. It can be harder to pull off the suspension of disbelief in immersive settings than in more traditional venues, but the payoff is extremely rewarding!
I think it’s important for us to support women no matter what their decision or outlook on motherhood is. I hate going to conferences and this question gets ignored as if it’s not a valid point – you don’t have to have kids, but for the people who do, it’s important for us to speak up and let people see it is possible. I’ve since met and seen many moms working in audio that make me wish I’d met them sooner – maybe I would’ve made different decisions. My kids are small, so I’m still figuring things out.
The biggest issue I’ve run into in my career is tokenism: being paraded or held up for being a person of color as proof of diversity. It was particularly bad at my first job, whereas the only non-white sound engineer I was constantly pressured to participate in the marketing campaigns, fundraising events, tabling, and basically become the face of the audio program.