Episode 14: Sounds of the future with Darcy Read

When I had been planning the next season of the podcast some time in March, little did I know that the world as we knew it would turn upside-down completely, challenging us all to think, behave, interact, work and create differently.

Having worked from home these last 3 years, I can’t say that my lifestyle was drastically altered, but just like everybody else, I was left to ruminate on unsettling and anxious feelings brought on by the influx of concerning news about the state of the world.

At times it felt impossible to find joy in the present, nor look optimistically towards the future, but my decision to proceed with a new podcast series – despite taking a different turn to my original idea – is one I do not regret.

Over the last month-and-a-half, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with some amazing young people, hearing about their experiences in lockdown, their thoughts about this brave new world and sharing ideas on how to navigate it all.

They’ve helped me focus on the things that really matter: inner peace, connectedness and the power of creativity to help us heal and find meaning in our lives. I learn as much from the youth of today as I can only hope they learn from me, and it is because of them that I am continually inspired to keep making things for positive impact.

So I’m thrilled to round out the ‘At Home’ series with a future-focused conversation with another stellar young person in Darcy Read, a recent Media graduate with a passion for filmmaking, sound design and music.

We chat about the impact the pandemic is having on the film and entertainment industry, throwing caution to the wind by predicting the new challenges (and opportunities) for young creators working on building their careers.

As a freelance sound designer and music producer, Darcy shares his experiences on independent work, the importance of up-skilling and the desire to learn and collaborate on-the-job despite the continual rise of the gig economy and casual workforce.

We get a better understanding of what young people face as they tackle the job-search with feelings of inexperience and pressure, as well as explore ways our community can contribute to workplace structures that lack insight into the creative process.

This is an episode packed with thoughts about the future of the creative industry and how we as creators can feel empowered through our work in the ever-changing socio-economic landscape.

Thank you for listening and if you haven’t already, be sure to catch up on all of our insightful ‘At Home’ conversations here or by subscribing to the podcast!


0:00 Introductions
02:25 How the current climate is affecting job search
05:13 Combating the daily challenges
07:21 The pandemic’s impact on the film industry
09:43 Future predictions on film creation & consumption
11:15 How independent filmmakers can adapt
13:00 The importance of “sound” in creative projects
17:21 Insights into freelance work
19:00 Learning on the job vs self-learning/working from home
20:24 Why is up-skilling important to young people
23:17 Navigating job application criteria
26:44 Common employer expectations
27:45 The value of creative work
32:00 Future thoughts and present inspiration
34:45 The power of music
37:00 Words of encouragement



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