How would you describe what you do?
I am a freelance sound designer working across theatre, film and media. I am usually integrated in the creative team alongside other designers from different disciplines. We help to create and support story arcs.
What does a typical working day look like and where does it happen?
My working days are extremely varied, depending on what I am working on and where we are in the project. If it’s a piece of theatre, I will either be in a rehearsal room or working from my studio, creating and composing content for the show. This is combined with the long technical days in the theatre, working on the live production of the sound and music.
I focus on creating a sonically balanced presentation for an entire audience. If I am working on a film or other piece of non-live media, it will involve a lot of days working from my studio – recording, manipulating sounds and music to match the images or any other assets I’m working with.
What are the least and most enjoyable aspects of your job?
The nature of this job means that the work tends to stack up into short intense periods where I’m working 12-14 hour days in order to get designs finished on a tight deadline. This is then followed by quieter periods which I use to prepare myself for the next sprint, making for a slightly strange schedule that takes a bit of getting used to. To maintain this long-term, it’s important that I have days off between the busy stretches in order to stop the work taking over my entire life.