The Five Percent

Profiles of Women in Audio

The Ground Breakers

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Zoe Thrall – Love of Gear, Recording, and Music Makers

Zoe Thrall is a groundbreaker and a legend with 40+ years working in the music industry. She spent years working as an engineer and studio manager for Power Station Studios and Hit Factory Studios in NYC, then touring with Steven Van Zandt and his band, The Disciples of Soul. In 2005, she relocated to Las...

Griselda Jiménez the First Woman Sound Engineer in México

Griselda Jiménez is the first woman sound engineer in México, working for Mr. Vicente Fernández (among many other representative icons of Mexican popular music) for more than thirty years. Her hallmark, beyond her professionalism and dedication, was her interest in transmitting what the artist is feeling, which is why artists wished to work with her.

Griselda Jiménez Primera Mujers Ingeniera de Sonido en México

Griselda Jiménez primera ingeniera de sonido en México, trabajó por más de treinta años para el Sr. Vicente Fernández, entre muchos otros íconos representativos de la escena musical popular mexicana. El sello que la caracterizó además de su profesionalismo y entrega, fue el interés por transmitir al público lo que el artista estaba sintiendo en...

Jeri Palumbo – Sports and Entertainment Broadcast Mixer

Jeri Palumbo is a Broadcast Sports and Entertainment Mixer based in Los Angeles. Jeri has been working in audio for over 30 years, first as a trained musician and arranger before going into post-production and then moving into live broadcast. Working mainly within sports broadcasting, her clients include the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, The...

Bobbi Banks: Breaking Glass Ceilings in Dialog & ADR

Bobbi Banks is a Supervising Sound, Dialog, and ADR Editor. Bobbi has been in the industry over 20 years with over 120 films to her credit list (including Men In Black International, Fate of the Furious, Selma, Straight Outta Compton, The Call, The Incredible Hulk, Poetic Justice, Best Man, Holiday, Pawn Sacrifice, August Osage County...

Dana Wachs – Sound Engineer, Tour Manager, Musician

Dana Wachs is a Brooklyn based Audio Engineer, Tour Manager and Composer/Musician. Dana started her career in music in 1994, as bass player for the Dischord band Holy Rollers

Mary Mazurek – When One Door Closes Keep Knocking

Mary is a Grammy-nominated recording and live broadcast engineer and works in radio production at WFMT Radio. She also works independently with clients and teaches at Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago. She got her start at the legendary Universal Recording Studios in 1991.

Lara Dale, Foley Artist

Lara Dale stumbled into Foley when she came across a Craigslist ad asking for someone with a trained dance background to become a Foley Assistant. The precise timing of classical music and the rigorous physical movements of ballet and modern became the perfect background for mastering the art of Foley, which she learned from the...

Ethel Gabriel the First of the 5%

Ethel Gabriel (1921-2021) may be one of the most prolific recording industry professionals you’ve never heard of. Ethel was the first woman record producer for a major record label, and one of the first women in the world to work in A&R. She had a 4-decade career at RCA starting with an entry-level job and...
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