During the final year of her BMus course here at RWCMD, composer Jo spent six weeks on a professional work placement with music composer and producer Tyler Bates in Los Angeles. She has since relocated to Hollywood to take up a permanent position as Bate’s assistant and has received her first CD credit for her work on the soundtrack for Emilio Estevez’s new film, The Way.
“I have an apartment in the centre of Hollywood two blocks from the walk of fame and travel 10 minutes in to the Hollywood Hills to the studio for work everyday. I have my own studio at Tyler’s place!
I arrived here during post- production for the film Sucker Punch (from the director of Watchmen & 300). I spent my first few weeks on the Alfred Hitchcock Dubbing Stage in Universal Studios mixing music with sfx, dialogue, foley etc. It was the most amazing experience with the top dogs in sound in the industry! I also attended the Orchestral & Choral recording sessions at Warner Brothers & Capitol Records.
I’m currently the Music Editor for the Cartoon ‘Sym Bionic Titan’ which shows on Cartoon Network weekly. The director is fantastic and created Powerpuff Girls & Dexters Lab. The music is always varying in genres throughout each episode- so it’s pretty fun!
Last year I worked on Emilio Estevez’s film ‘The Way’ which has just been released in the UK along with an Official Soundtrack & I am credited on the CD Soundtrack for my involvement during my work experience. My first real credit!
We are currently working on the re-make of Conan the Barbarian which the music is sounding amazing for…. you’re all in for a treat!
I am pretty settled now & look forward to work every day. Each day is exciting and I learn something new. I feel so privileged to have received this life changing job and am thankful to all of you for everything that you have taught me in order for me to obtain it!
I am literally living the dream now! The Sucker Punch film has huge billboards all over Sunset Strip & Hollywood Boulevard so I feel extremely excited and overwhelmed every time I see them to be in this position.”