You know the one. Kksshhwwwep! VvvvvVVVvvvVVvvVOOMmvvvVOOM KSCH KSCH SPLRRTSCH!!!
Star Wars was a revelation to popcorn cinema in many ways, but if I have to choose one thing that makes it stand apart, that would be its sound. Ben Burt and George Lucas, who always was more of a toymaker rather than an author, were responsible for creating the hundreds of sounds that breathed life to a galaxy far far away. Among those hundreds, there's dozens that have stuck to the collective minds of generations to come. And on top of them, the vibrant sound of the weapon of choice for everyone age 40 and below.
For the last 9 months that I've been in Barcelona, I've picked up video editing and the technical basics of Photoshop and DSLR. That means I'm a bit more all rounder technician, and while my strength is still sound, I'm not completely blind to other crafts of the audiovisual world.
I've also been on a journey of self-discovery and gathered what I want to do and what I need to do in order to do it. I did lots of marketing research in London, the USA, Spain and even Amsterdam, and I now have a superfancy new webpage! www.albertbalbastre.com
That means I've opened my scope and I'm now looking for traineeships and assistant positions both in production and postproduction sound, as well as MCR (machine room work), video edit assisting, and pretty much everything that has to do with a studio or facility, including but not limited to serving teas and coffees. I haven't fully given up on freelance lowbudget jobs, but they're not a priority.
But being in Barcelona is cutting my chances in half to even land an interview, and flying on a short notice costs hundreds. On the other hand, London is prohibitive with a minimum wage job, which is what a Manuel like me is bounded to have. So I'm 80% decided to move to Cardiff, or at least, outside the M25, get a day job that pays the bills (and hopefully is a bit more stimulating than putting food in shelves) and commute to London for interviews and the occasional freelance work.
Cardiff is cheap, not gargantuan in size, with a TV industry that employs thousands, youth... And completely unknown to me, in the end. Not as unknown as outside the M25, though. The other alternative would be Manchester.
Which begs the question: do you think it's a good idea? If you had to leave London, would you consider Cardiff? And Manchester? Would you consider moving outside the M25? Is there even life in there, at all? What day jobs are there in a City 20 times smaller than London? Bottom question: do you know somebody who lives there? I could use some insight.