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….