TV A1-Production Mixer, Talpa/Red Orange Productions
Miami International University of Art & Design
[At school], I met great colleagues and instructors, some of whom to this day are my friends. We also have the opportunity to work together. Alejandro Olivares , TV A1-Production Mixer, Talpa/Red Orange Productions Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, 2012 , Miami International University of Art & Design
Alejandro Olivares is the head of the audio department for Telemundo's “La Voz Kids” Season 4. He’s responsible for the design, implementation, and correct deployment of the audio infrastructure related to the show’s tapings on its main stage. “This includes leading a team of three other mixers and engineers, one wireless frequency specialist, one communications expert, and five audio technicians and assistants. After the correct set up and testing of all the audio components, I [am responsible for the] program mix. In essence it is tying and marrying all the audio elements such as dialogue, music, pre-recorded packages, and sound effects with the director's cut.”
He says that a past job at a production house helped him to learn the ins and outs of the industry—from technical abilities to tactical knowledge and the leadership skills needed to work on live TV shows. Alejandro adds that a typical day begins with a quick run through of audio paperwork, then continues as a race against the clock while preparing for a show. He advises current students to keep powering through, even when things get difficult. “I encourage people to question everything. If I'm the head of the audio crew, I don't mind other people asking the right questions and coming up with better and efficient ways to do things.”
Alejandro’s biggest sense of accomplishment comes when he sees his work airing on national TV. “[I continue to] grow professionally by always trying to push the envelope and do things better and differently. There is a lot of competition in this profession and many people that can do your job. It is just a matter of maintaining your edge and differentiating yourself from others by keeping current and constructing and nurturing relations.” He says that he cannot imagine working in a different profession—and this motivates him to always do his best. “[I’m challenged] to not lose my edge, challenged to not be forced to do something else, and challenged to work in great productions and shows.”
Alejandro, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production from Miami International University of Art & Design, says that his education provided a strong foundation in audio concepts. “I met great colleagues and instructors, some of whom to this day are my friends. We also have the opportunity to work together.”
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