2013 – Year 2 in Los Angeles

It’s been quite awhile since my last blog post.  Actually, my blog turned into the website for my Sound Engineering business based in Los Angeles, CA.  To recap, I moved to LA in December 2011 to seek new opportunities as a sound professional.  It was a little bit of a struggle to find work in early 2012.  The biggest job that I was hired to do was a short film called “Ana’s Story”.  The Director (who was a terrible director btw) Dion Wade, and the Producer (who was a terrible producer btw) decided to not pay most of the crew.  The production company BAB productions is a terrible company to work for.  I was never paid for my sound design services.  Stay away!  Ok, now that I got that out, I feel much better.  Actually, this has been my only negative experience in LA so far.  I’ve learned a lot this year:

 

  • %35 of productions that I booked never came to fruition
  • December – February are slow months in the Film industry
  • Rates for a professional Sound Mixer with equipment range from $150 – $1200 / day.  If you are being offerred anything less than $150/day, you should beware.
  • Usually the higher paying gigs have better working environments.
  • Never underestimate the importance of Craft Services.  You can tell a lot about a production by how they feed the crew.
  • A large percentage of the film industry think Sound Mixers are rude or strange.  I have used this to my advantage because I really enjoy being a Sound Engineer and I am very easy to work with.
  • Good directors will always care about the sound of a film as much or more than the picture.

Well…..that’s it for now….

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