René Coronado - lead sound designer at Dallas Audio Post Group
I came here straight out of school in Dec of 1999, and have grown up with the company. I love living and working in Dallas because its a great sports town (we work with the Stars, Mavs, and Rangers - working on the Cowboys), a good production town, and your money goes a long way here compared to other places.
60% of our work is from out of town, with big chunks coming from DC and LA. I've personally cut ADR for Cats and Dogs 2 that's coming out, The Last Airbender, and of course we do all of the ADR for the network shows that are being shot in town (including The Good Guys, Midland, etc). We also recorded both George and Laura Bush's upcoming audio books for Random House, so business is good!
We're a right to work state, so no unions here - which means that I have to triple count my blessings with regards to the company I work with. The founder, Roy Machado really lives up to his promises to keep us engineer folk the best equipped and best paid in the region. We're also set up like a law firm, so after x number of years engineers become vested partners in the company. We're always consulted on gear and procedures, and its rare that a need doesn't get filled.
I'm not a musician, but Roy and Brad are and they are some of the best.
On the side, I shoot video and timelapses with my Canon 7d, and I always have my Sony PCMD50 on me to record the world around me.