So, I’ve been in Boston since the 27th of September. Within 4 days, I was able to book a 1/2 day gig in Beverly (north of Boston) , then ended up going back to Huntsville, AL to finish up a Pilot with ITV/Leftfield Entertainment. Today, I was able to lock in two days in N. Kingston, RI. All this and I haven’t even really started my marketing campaign to let the LOCAL community know I am in town. I think my promoted listings with Production Hub and Staff Me Up have been really helpful in landing gigs. I am hopeful this is a sign of how things will be for me here in New England. One can hope. I can’t wait to see what happens when I start promoting myself locally.
With the relocation thing, I figured I should updated my resume with my new address. Phone number and email stay the same. I look forward to working with you in Boston and beyond. SDB
As of the end of September, Steve Baker Sound Guy will be home based in the Greater Boston Area. Specifically, Tewksbury. But suffice it to say, my “work local radius” is rather nebulous. As I get established in Boston, it is my hope to reacquaint myself with old business associates and make some new friends. If you need sound from an experienced guy with LOTS of Docu-Reality Experience, good gear and a laid back attitude, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Have gear will travel. I look forward starting this new adventure in Boston. Thanks to all my friends in NW Florida, Memphis and beyond for all your support. It’s not good by… just so-long until the next gig brings me back to your neighborhood!
It seems like a minute since I’ve updated my resume… I figured now would be as good a time as any. I’ve had a pretty busy summer working on Food Paradise, Unsung, Heart of the City to name a few. If you are interested in seeing a recent resume check out the update here or on my Services Page.
It’s been a while, but I finally updated my resume and uploaded it to my site. Check out the Services page for a link or click here: Steve Baker Sound Guy Resume.
What do a Princess, a Totally Blind Race Car Owner, Civil Rights Lawyer, News Anchor, Record Producer and Psychic all have in common? They are among the first 10 “Interesting People I Know” who will be featured as part of this little podcast I’m doing. Stay Tuned for the first episode to be rolled out very soon.
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After the June I had, it has been nice to have a few days off… but not really. Tomorrow, July 30th, will be the first gig I’ve had since the end of June. And, while the rest was welcome, I’ve been a little concerned that people have lost my number. A quick poll around the different on-line communities I belong to, and several phone calls to other freelance friends confirm something I already knew… June has been a slow month for everyone!
So I’ve been working on some things around the house and office that have sorely needed attention. Mostly doing minor maintenance on my gear, editing my movie (Uncle Bob’s Leg) with the help of my buddy Jon Deckert and coming up with other things to keep me occupied.
While staring at the screen the other day a flash of an idea came to me… something that has been gestating for quite some time, and I think it is time to execute it. Over the years I have met a lot of interesting people in and out of this show business thing I call a Job. I made a list of interesting people I have met along the way… then I made a list of interesting people I have met in my lifetime. Frankly, it astounds me how many interesting people I know… people who wouldn’t think they are interesting, but they are. Famous people, nearly famous people, and people who are famous, but you wouldn’t know them if you passed them on the street. So what I’m going to do is start a little interview blog, right here at SteveBakerSoundGuy.com. Have little chats with them about who they are, what they do and how they got to be where they are or are not.
So, if you’re interesting, expect a call from me. If you interested, stay tuned. I’m using this post as motivation and commitment to actually do this one. Stay tuned folks…. and until the next one..
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One of the best parts of my job is the variety of jobs I get to do. Everyday it’s a new person, a new place, a new story, a new group of people. In the past month I have worked two segments for a major TV Network Variety show; an episode for a smaller network show about, AMERICA’s Music, the Blues, 2 or 3 TV pilots with Little People, Funny People, Interesting people; A faith based “thriller” (?-not exactly sure what to call it, but it was cool); and a Corporate video for a health product. I logged a lot of miles between Memphis, Alabama and Florida and met a bunch of interesting people along the way. Every time I turned on my TV my friend Dan Collins was there. I left a pillow in a hotel and ate a bunch of food I should not have eaten… and ya know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Some days I have to step back and say to myself “They pay me for this?” Other days I just quietly watch as amazing people walk through the door and teach me amazing lessons… adults and kids alike. Do I love my job? You bet your boots!
Today, I learned a new skill…. Sewing… on a sewing machine no less.
What, you ask, does this have to do with sound? Well, not much really unless you need something sewn and your wife is not around or in the mood to do it for you. She is rarely NOT in the mood to do me a favor, but in this case, she was not around. So, necessity being the mother of many things, I decided to learn how to use my wife’s brand new sewing machine… with her permission, of course.
The learning process began with the DVD that came with the Brother Sewing Machine she had purchased and the production values were (shall we say) early 1970’s with voice over done by a Japanese woman who had a less than stellar command of the English language. But there were plenty of pictures and I could start and stop the DVD as often as I needed and trudged through the learning process, eventually becoming an expert.
You next question is what did I need so badly, that it inspired me to learn how to sew, on a sewing machine? Transmitter belt! You know those ankle, thigh, waist and arm belts that hold a wireless transmitter in place so an actor can “do their thing” without worry of the dreaded “My mic pack fell off in the middle of the scene”.
I made several passes at this project as seen in the picture below. With each pass, my technique, and understanding of the sewing machine improved. I made a Waist belt (it started out as a Thigh Belt): on that one I learned “measure twice, cut once”. Then I tried a Thigh belt: I learned that I don’t necessarily have to cut everything to size as long as I leave some elasticity in the belt. Finally I made ankle belt: I learned there are lots of other stitches that make my job easier and cover up mistakes when I don’t cut things perfectly… not to mention, folded edges, patchy looking Velcro and sketchy transmitter loops, were honed into finished edges; lots of Velcro to allow for multiple sizes in a single belt; tighter more practical transmitter holders to allow for two way placement (antenna up or down); and ultimately a fairly professional looking product.
The hours I spent learning and doing this project were more about the doing rather than the finished product. If I actually calculated the time I spent, versus the money I normally charge per hour for my services, plus the materials, I am sure I spent way more than if I had called TAI Audio and ordered what I needed, shipping included. But then I wouldn’t have this fun story to tell the talent, as I wire them up: “You have the pleasure of wearing a one of a kind Steve Baker Sound Guy original transmitter belt… made with these two hands.” Since putting microphones on talent is an awkward thing to do, it’s always nice to have a fun story to break the ice.
Tomorrow, I will make more belts to add to my ever growing sound kit. I’ve been thinking of some other ideas I can do with my newly acquired skill but would love to hear ideas you may have.
Here a look at todays work. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
PS – I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a video blog every now and then. Kind of an informal interview thing with some of the interesting people I have met along the way. (You can’t do this for as long as I’ve been doing this and NOT meet some interesting people along the way. What do you think?
As always I look forward to reading your comments and hearing about your adventures in making sound.
Until the next time…. Sound Rolls… Steve Baker Sound Guy
P.S. Know Thyself
I’ve been working in the Audio, Video and Film Industry since October of 1990… longer if you count the time I spent in Recording Studios before I officially got into the business (after going to school). I’ve made a pretty good living NOT being famous working all kinds of jobs; with big budgets and little budgets; every position from Production Assistant to Executive Producer.
After reading my last post one might get the impression that I bailed out of that big job because I couldn’t hack it; because there were too many hours and not enough pay; that it was too hard for me. I’m gonna put myself out on a limb here and be honest. It was hard work! It was long hours! It was shorter turn-around times than I am used to! I am not going to deny any of that.
I took the gig with the full intention of hanging around for the full run of the show. I knew up front the rate was less than I normally charge, and the offset of 67 days with overtime would likely make that rate more palatable. I really thought working as a Utility would be a good learning opportunity… and it was.
What I also learned is I’m not made for that kind of work. I have always had great deal of respect for the guys who do that kind of work and wondered if I had what it takes to do it. Turns out I’m built for different stuff. I like being in the action… of a fast paced environment… driving the faders and being (pun intended) in the mix! I learned more about myself and my career aspirations in those two weeks than the entire rest of my career.
The lesson here is KNOW THYSELF. Never be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. But don’t forget the things (and people) that got you where your are. Looking forward to the next one… until then… Sound Rolls. Steve Baker Sound Guy