For those of your that don’t know me, these last few years haven’t been easy.
I finished my degree the Summer of 2014 with good grades and great references; however, I was also dealing with the aftermaths of a severe trauma. One day I’ll write a post about those things, and that particular journey, but right now all you need to know, is that in September of last year, I left my home town and moved to Vancouver, BC. I had no job, I had no idea what I was going to do, but I knew I needed to heal.
I’m extremely fortunate to have found the resources I have in Vancouver. For the first time in my life, I have an amazing family doctor that I trust, have met various support and therapy groups, and have enjoyed exploring a city mostly unknown to me before. There is something incredibly comforting about being in a city where you have so much to experience for the first time. In many ways, Vancouver has brought me back to life, and to this city, I’m grateful.
Over the past year, I’ve tried to keep up my audio skills as much as possible– when I was finishing my degree, I was madly in love with acoustics, recording, DSP, and was starting to get into film sound. I knocked on a lot of doors, drank a lot of coffees, and was lucky to get some freelance dialogue editing work at The Mix Room. In addition, I’ve kept up with the local AES chapter, gone to Vancouver Post Alliance Events, and been active in Women and Film and Television Vancouver. I’ve tried to find ways to keep my skills sharp; however, it’s not enough. I want to be submerged in audio. I want to live it and breath it and learn new things every day. I want it to be my day job.
I wish I didn’t have to explain to people that my portfolio the last year has been minimal because of mental health issues. But this is my biggest hurdle. I know deep down that when something big happens, something that makes me feel like I really am part of this industry, then nothing else can ever tear me down.
Some days I feel like I’ve forgotten everything I know; but I know it’s in there. It’s like speaking a foreign language– when you immersive yourself in it, it comes back to you. Those circuits turn back on and you think differently. You start to look at things in a new light again.
So what’s a girl to do?
Last August I decided to take a leap. I found all the money I could and bought a ticket to New York City to attend the 139th Audio Engineering Society Convention. And today I arrived in New York.
It feels like it was forever in the future for so long, but now I’m here. I can see the Manhattan skyline out the hostel room I’m writing this in. And I’m brimming with new found excitement and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to see first hand what’s going on in the industry as a whole, to shake the hands of professionals, and to be surrounded by a mass of people that love the things I love. I can’t wait to discover new avenues for audio, new techniques, and maybe make some important connections.
I don’t know what this week will bring, but I know I’m open minded. Who knows what can happen in the Big Apple.