Two years ago, Tevin Sudi was undertaking Architecture at a local university. However, his passion was in Sound Engineering. He quit Architecture and convinced his mother to allow him to join ADMI’s Diploma in Sound Engineering. His passion, talent, and hard work paid off.
Through ADMI’s Placement office, Tevin got an internship at Portable Voices, which transitioned into a full-time job. Portable Voices is a digital Publishing and Podcasting company that produces and distributes African spoken entertainment and information.
ADMI caught up with him to learn more about his journey.
Tevin Sudi, Sound Engineer. Photo by Abraham Ali.
ADMI: Did you always want to be a sound engineer?
TS: Growing up, I had always wanted to do something along the lines of music and its creation. However, I wasn’t confident enough to admit it due to the stereotypes associated with music as a career. After some research, I found sound engineering to be the perfect combination of both the technical and creative aspects of music which tied into my interests of creating music.
ADMI: What did you do that got you hired?
TS: In my opinion, I got hired because of going the extra mile in the productions I was handling and being reliable. For example, I would compose theme music for the podcasts or add additional interviews I recorded. I would also carry some work home in instances when we had tight deadlines.
ADMI: How was a typical day for you?
TS: As an audio podcasting company, a typical day at Portable Voices includes planning for an episode, conducting field interviews to complement the episodes, recording the show hosts parts, editing and finally publishing the episodes.
ADMI: What did you work on?
TS: I edited an audio book. In addition, I oversaw the production of the podcasts: Burudani Express Season 1, Campus Diaries Season 1, Rise StartUps (2 episodes in season 1), Talanta Viwanjani Season 1 and African History Season 1.
ADMI: What are the three things that you learned at your internship?
TS: The top 3 things that I learned were; creating and following a production schedule with multiple recordings in a day, maintaining interpersonal relationships in the workplace and using Cubase (an audio editing software-DAW).
ADMI: How did ADMI prepare you for your internship?
TS: ADMI exposed me to several fields related to sound engineering such as radio dramas. I introduced this to the programming at Portable Voices.
ADMI: What are you working on?
TS: I’m currently working on setting up my own studio space so that I can put some time into music production, recording, mixing and mastering.
ADMI’s Placement office is responsible for placing all Diploma students with employer partners. Learn more about the industry experience opportunities offered at ADMI.