Jason Sears, Emmy-Nominated Audio Engineer

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Sebastien Balemboiss, GRAMMY Camp LA 2016

Emmy-nominated audio engineer Jason R. E. Sears, son of the GRAMMY Foundation's Executive Education Director David Sears, has worked on such television shows as The Voice, Dancing With The Stars and The X Factor.  He has had three Emmy nominations for The Voice, Rising Star and So You Think You Can Dance. He has also worked on 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards and The Beatles: The Night That Changed America- A GRAMMY Salute.

After a complete and thorough explanation of his career in his seesion with the Audio Engineering track, my fellow interviewer, Jaden Gill, and I interviewed him to ask our own questions to explore more into his background.

He began by explaining why he was here at GRAMMY Camp talking to the campers and why he thought it was significant. He told us, “It gives people more opportunity and more insight on things you wouldn’t necessarily know about.” He added that a lot of kids that wanted to be engineers, such as himself, thought of the studio whenever they heard the word. He says he never thought about live sound or mixing for television or movies which are all important, but he dove into it by working his way up. And discovering that there were was more to engineering as time went by.

When asked if he ever rejected any show, he said, “Yeah, but at this point the things that I get called for in television are usually things I want to do and it’s a network of people that all help and play different roles to get things done. So recently, I didn’t necessarily want to do a show but a friend of mine was asking and it’s all about helping out because he’s helped me out before and it’s not that bad, I could be doing worse things.”

We inquired if he ever felt discouraged at a point in time and how he coped with that. He told us, “I always push forward, but before I was doing plenty of corporate audio and I really didn’t know what the next step would be for me. I felt like I was outgrowing the specific things I was doing and I was kind of over it, but I just kept pushing forward, I got into television and it’s been great.”

As advice for audio engineers he said, “Don’t worry about getting a name for yourself, work with as many people as you can and don’t say no to things, because if someone is offering you something and you have the time and the capabilities to do it, go for it because you can even learn from the bad things. I’ve done plenty of gigs that were terrible, but I always drew something from them.”

The last question was about the impact of Jason’s dad, David, on him working in the music industry. He told us, “He never really pushed it on me, it was always around because he always doing things in the industry and I was around him. I talked to my sister and she’s not in the industry and she knows what I’m doing and agrees that it all makes sense. The path made sense and my dad had a big impact although he wasn’t actively pushing me into it.”

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