Kevin McAlpine

Kevin McAlpine

Audio Engineer


Lime Studios

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
First I had a great support system at home. My mom and I would constantly try to figure it all out.
Then I started learning as much about technical audio as I could on my own.
Then I got to the point where I had decide if I wanted to take the next step or just stop.
Then I moved to Hollywood, baby! I stopped taking conventional college courses.
Then I freaked out... but used the uncertainty as my motivation to learn as much as possible.
Then I made friends doing the EXACT same thing as me.. I wasn't so crazy after all!
Then I started meeting more people who wanted to help me reach my goals.
Then I found work and started focusing on this whole thing as a career and not a hobby.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Atascadero High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
Santa Barbara City College
Career

Career

Audio Engineer

I assist in the recording/editing/mixing of sound for video games and commercials.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Radio
Radio
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

Throughout the day I talk to video editors, producers and directors to see exactly what we need to accomplish and also try to prepare for upcoming projects. Depending on the project, I'm either pulling sound effects, recording voice overs or assisting in the overall audio mix. When everyone is working together, the stresses of meeting deadlines goes away and a day at work starts to seem more like a day with friends... thats what a great day looks like.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I went to a trade school for audio engineering in Los Angeles called the Los Angeles Recording School. While I was enrolled there I took some extra courses to be Pro Tools 210 certified and was also interning for a local film composer. I started meeting more people in the audio industry and would try to learn from them while on the job. I would say the technical skills are only half of the training you need, a lot of the job is patience and staying calm under pressure.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The first step though would be to intern. Do it as soon as possible and start meeting people who can point you in the right direction. You will figure out that even in big cities, everyone knows each other and some of those people might want to help you out.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"I hear that audio is really competitive. Maybe you should try to find a safer alternative."

After I took the safe route for a while I kind of just HAD to know if I could do this. It would have eaten away at me if I never tried.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Growing up with very little, I learned to take advantage of a good opportunity when I saw it. Also, I feel that starting to work at a young age gave me an edge over those who never held a job until after college.