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Sound Editor Interview

10 Questions and Answers Written by Professional Interviewers

Question 1 of 10
What are your career goals in this industry?
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My goal would be to be an Audio Director of a successful AAA video games developer.
My goal is to work on a variety of visual media, but specifically feature films in the Vancouver film industry. I am interested in all aspects of the soundtrack, including dialogue, editing, design, foley. I’d like to work in as many fields as possible.
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Question 2 of 10
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Lack of organisation, motivation and passion. I worked with a few awkward colleges and handled frustrating work limitations such as making cocktails for the first time or handling extensive queues or angry customers.
Recently, I did a lot of ADR on a 40 minute film, which was a challenge as I had not done much ADR before (and neither had the director). I had to learn the best way to do ADR and also teach the director and actors how best to perform it. Once recorded, I also had get it to fit in a variety of spaces and contexts.
Question 3 of 10
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
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Because it has no relation to sound and editing, despite working on a film at the moment, it is not a film made by Sony. My passion lyes with sound, music and media, not retail.
My goal is to work in the film industry in Vancouver, and to work on big projects. My current job is unrelated.
Question 4 of 10
What have your achievements been to date?
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I have achieved a BSc Music Technology, credited on 4 published video game titles cross platform, credited sound editor for an independent film which has been recognised at Texas Film Festival and working on another independent film which asked for me specifically to work on his film.
I have worked on trailers, short and feature films, animations web series and a commercial, including all aspects of the soundtrack, including foley, editing, sound design, mixing.
Question 5 of 10
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
User-Submitted Answers
Becoming a music composer and sound designer straight out from university.
I am proud of many of the recent projects I've worked on. I love all aspects of the soundtrack, but I especially like designing sounds that are not real world, such as some animations I've worked on and a recent sci fi film.
Question 6 of 10
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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I decide by knowing each deadline for each project. I work from back to front. It's similar to QA within video games, I would put a flag beside each job labelling each one either with a red, yellow or green, red being the most important and go from there.
I prioritize by deadlines first, and by understanding how much work will go into each project. Before starting work, I budget time into my schedule and let the client know how long something will take based off of that.
Question 7 of 10
What makes you passionate about being a Sound Editor?
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The fact I work with sound and I get to choose what works and what can be made better. The focus is editing and see if it works and then impressing the person who came up with the original idea then changing it to something even better.
I love sound and I love films. I love how sound brings the visuals to life, and helps portray the reality of and also the fantasy of the film world.
Question 8 of 10
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User-Submitted Answers
Because I am passionate about audio and sound and I love Sony's products and brand. I reliable, level minded and calm when situations seem impossible while under pressure.
I am great candidate for this position, as I have experience working on dialogue in films, working with sudden deadlines, and am very excited and ambitious to do the best possible work.
Question 9 of 10
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a sound editor?
User-Submitted Answers
I'm always keen to learn the next best production technique and other people's way of working. I love detail, the do's and don'ts about a lot things in every day life too. I'm always interested and in the know of particular things. I listen and watch TV ads, film trailers, video game trailers for the next best theme tune or composition technique. I keep my eyes and ears close to the competition but also researching and pushing myself to become something different from the rest.
My greatest strength is my ears. I love sound and I have learned to use my ears not only to hear what sounds good or bad, but also to identify what needs to change, saving time and effort.
Question 10 of 10
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
User-Submitted Answers
The way I learn. I have mild dyslexia which I was established during university. But I have found ways to over come this problem.
My greatest weakness has been my reluctance to ask for help from colleages and mentors, since I have been working freelance on my own. I've learned to take every opportunity now to learn lessons from people that I've worked with or have met in this industry.

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