swift changes affecting technological enterprise. Carol is quick to point out that having an
MFA in film is unusual, but helpful for producer and this kind of technological expertise
enhances her work. She comments, “not having a technical background is the downside
for female producers,” and adds: “A lot of female producers are notoriously ignorant of the
technical side and this infuriates directors and crews. . .Because they don’t have a firm
grasp of the technical, it makes it impossible to schedule, budget accurately or crew
appropriately.” Although Carol is technologically astute, she advises media makers, and
especially women to have a firm grasp of technical skills to succeed as a professional
Bill Cavanaugh (Audio Engineer): Freelance Is Missing Backup; Multiple
Versions Used To Solve Internal Politics Instead of Expanding Creativity
Bill Cavanaugh, an audio engineer, is in a business that has been deeply impacted by the
technological revolution on multiple levels and is a pioneer in developing a portable work
style that allows him to bypass and undercut the traditional recording studio system. He is
quick to point out that freelance is missing backup and that is something to consider. It is
another reminder of why experienced workers count in an economic downturn since they
do not require as much supervision:
The thing that people most want in studios is backup. They want someone to help
them if they get stuck. When you are younger and more inexperienced that makes
more of a difference than if you’ve been in the business 40 years.” With a job, the
young guys would come to me and say how do I solve this. What I would do is
walk over to the console and say something had crashed. Nothing had crashed.
Now I’m doing all his routing and doing his job. He’s got backup. That’s what
people want at a company. I don’t have it as a freelancer.
Although we all put a lot of faith into technology and computers, Bill laments that when it
comes to audio engineering, the challenge is no longer about creativity but correcting other
people’s mistakes. Production companies create multiple versions to solve internal political
problems and Bill adds, “So you instead spend time with a producer making a version of
the show then they may want you to use the computer and give them three versions so
they can fight it out later.”
The corporate decision-making process, not only extended from the top down but laterally,
produces materials that travel through many approval checkpoints and this prolongs the
time it takes to get paid. Bill discusses this in the next section Checks Flying Somewhere,
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