Mercedes Riva

Mercedes Riva

Sound Engineer


Swing Musica Argentina

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Played guitar since 8yo and lived in a very musical houshold
When I finish school, I decided to study both music and industrial engineering (which I loved!). After a year I quit engineering to pursue a career in the film/music industry.
I studied too, Music Production for audiovisual media.
I went to California to take a certificate in Film Scoring
While living in LA, I worked with many people from film degrees, composing music for films and commercials. After a while doing that, I also did sound design and editing for same movies.
As time went by, I started working more as a Sound Designer and Editor than a musician.
I got a job offer in a studio to work as a sound engineer. I learned how to record VO talents, directing them too, and learned a lot about the commercials industry.
After 3 years of living in LA, I returned to Argentina (where I'm from) and got a job (which I still have) as an engineer at a music & sound studio por commercials and film.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Graduate
Music Composer
Catholic University in Argentina
Certification/License
Film Scoring
UCLA
Bachelor
Music Producer for Audiovisual Media
Catholic University in Argentina

Career

Sound Engineer

I record VO talents and edit and mix commercials for radio & tv

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Film
Being Creative

Day to Day

I work at a Music & Sound Design Studio. We do mostly commercials, but also films every now and then. My job consists on: recording VO talents, editing audio, sound design, mixing. It varies per day and per project.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I actually studied music composition, but work as a sound designer / engineer. Though I learn to use some hardware and software in school, much of what I do I learned it working. Very generous people taught me by letting me see how they worked. That was VERY helpful and I really appreciate that. That's why I'm always open to answering concerns to new people on the job.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Uffff... it's really hard. There are plenty of musicians and sound engineers. Try to find something extra that would highlight yourself from the mass. It doesn't need to be specific to your career or job. It can be something about your personality, like being organized or detail oriented. I find that specific things very helpful for my job, and I make my bosses lives easier.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Sound Engineer
graduate
Graduate
Image and Video Design

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"That I should study a more traditional career. That being a musician wouldn't get me anywhere and that I should've take advantage of being smart, and study something more rewarding."