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Sound Mind

By Ian Orlando

April 2020

I’m a sound guy, and I’m discovering that Los Angeles is my kind of city. Never before in my life have I been able to walk into a store entirely dedicated to selling professional sound recording equipment, or have I seen as many film and tv productions everywhere I look. There’s an addicting quality to the entertainment industry out here, as if something in the air is romanticizing the whole process. It makes me just want to get out and film stuff. I’m graduating this May, so this is a realization I very desperately wanted to make before my time here is over. With the official beginning of my adult life looming right around the corner, my goal here has been to learn as much as I can about the job market while also experiencing the beauty and fun of LA in all its glory. My internship and the classes I take have helped me a lot, too. While the occasional sound or PA gigs have kept me busy from time to time, and I try to meet with as many industry professionals as I can, the lion-share of my weekly work routine is invested in my internship. I Intern at Wild Woods Picture & Sound, which is located just down the street from where I reside at AVA Toluca Hills – an incredible blessing with the state of LA traffic. I intern Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and I spend my time learning the tools of the trade for the post-production sound department. Skills like track management, foley recording, music and sound effect editing, and creating deliverables are all integral parts of the process. The internship program they have at WWPS is incredibly personalized, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in post-production – It’s a great experience. From walking Venice Beach to hiking the Wisdom Tree Trail up the ridge to the top of the Hollywood Sign, I’ve made every effort I can to enjoy the beautiful “winter” weather here. Originating from the Northeast, I’ve never experienced a winter like this before. It’s hard to believe this is how LA exists perpetually, perhaps I’ll establish my career here and be able to enjoy it for years to come. That’s what’s on my mind right now, but there’s a long way to go before the end of the semester. No matter what happens though, this experience will no doubt remain a truly amazing way to immerse myself in this culture without fully committing to living here long-term, which is perfect for me at this point in my life. Go SU!