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NICO PIERCE, Sound Mixer, IATSE Local 695

Based in Los Angeles, CA

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. My father is American and my mother immigrated to the states from Peru.

What are your responsibilities or roles in your department? I am a Sound Mixer so I am responsible for capturing the audio and delivering a good mix for dailies and post production.

Are there any films that inspired you to start

working in television and film?

There wasn’t one film that inspired me to work in film, but the lasting impressions you get from a great movie is my inspirations. I’ll always remember being in the theaters watching the Lord of the Rings movies for the first time,

or watching The Sandlot a hundred times as

a kid, or watching Elf every year for Christmas.

The memories and feelings that you

get from movies is unlike anything else.

How did you begin working in the industry? I moved out to LA after college, and I didn’t know that many people, so I bought production sound kit and just applied to any sound job I could. A few years later I finally made it in the union.

What has been your favorite project to work on?

I worked on a sports doc for Netflix called ‘Bad Sport’. It’s a great series about controversial moments in sports. It was a blast filming and the series getting a Sports Emmy nomination wasn’t bad either.

What made you want to work in your department?

I actually got my degree in post audio, and in college, learning that you can edit and manipulate people dialogue so the most fascinating thing I’ve ever seen. Then learning the skill of how to record audio became an obsession with me and perfecting the skill has become my main motivator in my career.

What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry? Be smart with money. Work isn’t guaranteed and gear is expensive. Also, be a good person.

What are you working on these days?

I’m very proud to say my wife and I are

expecting our first child in March. So I’m not

taking any out of town work for the moment

or any long term jobs. So just day playing

and working on a few commercials until

the big day arrives.


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