Monday, September 23, 2013

Au revoir Monkeyland, Bonjour House of Warner!

I look back at my ten years as a sound editor, and I smile.  I smile because every day was a great day for me.  Every project a new adventure, and with every experience, I gained new knowledge, made new friends, and overcame new challenges.  I also lost a lot of hair in the process, but the hair I've managed to keep has greyed up quite nicely.  Still, everyday was truly a blessing, and I am grateful.

In my first blog for 2013, I said that the month of January "... was a long month to say the very least, but each day was an interesting adventure in and of itself, and if the daily adventures keep comin', then I'll definitely have lots to report on in 2013."  Well, there has been quite a bit to report on this year, and as the Autumn chill marks a slightly noticeable change of season here in LA, I will take this opportunity to announce that change too has come to Lagosounds.

With bittersweet anticipation, I will be bidding adieu to the crew from Monkeyland Audio in early October, and commence writing the next chapter of my sonic career from the studio lot at Warner Bros.  In mid-October, I will join Emmy-winning sound supervisor Charlie Crutcher and his wildly talented crew on the new and exciting television show, "The Hundred" (based on the novel by Kass Morgan).  I am deeply honored for the opportunity of joining Charlie's team, and I look forward to sharing my sonic madness with them! 

My journey to now has been an amazing one, and I credit Trip Brock as one of the individuals who has been instrumental in getting me where I am today.  Monkeyland Audio provided an amazingly creative springboard for me, allowing me the chance to wear many hats throughout my career there.

Edit 4, my home for many years
At Monkeyland, I grew to be more than just a sound editor.  I developed into a more compete storyteller, a problem solver, a collaborator, a copywriter, a blogger, a social media liaison, a Post Lab-er, an award nomination submitter, and on a few occasions, a speech maker.

With Trip and the Monkeyland crew, I won two Golden Reel Awards, and was nominated for several others over the last few years.  Recently, we were honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Primetime Emmy nomination for our work on SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden.  Overall, I'd say these last ten years as a Monkey have been quite successful ones, and a little Emmy nod seems to be the most incredible way to wrap up this decade with my beloved crew.

THE HUNDRED - Coming Soon to the CW Network
Indeed, 2013 has turned out to be one interesting year.  One hell of a year.  A year of flux and anxious anticipation.  Lots of highlights, a number of ups, many downs, and memories to last a lifetime.  I look back at my Monkey years with fondness, but I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that tomorrow will have in store.

As always, I send out my positive thoughts and blessings to all my friends in sound.  To the Monkeyland crew, keep up the great work.  I hope to work with you all again in the future!  And to Charlie and the WB crew, I hope to meet and surpass your expectations.
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