Proud of our Graduates: Amy Fort

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 - Written by: Josée Daigneault

Amy FortThis week, as part of our Proud of Our Graduates feature, we’d love to introduce you to Amy Fort, a professional sound technician and a graduate of Trebas Institute’s Studio Recording and Live Sound Audio Engineering program. She’s currently working as a live sound technician and has just completed a North American tour with the band Wake Owl, which is based in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR. This summer, she will be touring with Montreal band Ought, before doing a few more festivals with Wake Owl in the fall. She also has an ongoing musical project with fellow audio engineer Ross Gillard, and has plans to release a tape with Dorothea Paas, a talented Toronto musician.

After Graduation

After graduating from Trebas Institute’s audio engineering school in the Fall of 2013, Amy moved to Toronto but made sure to keep in touch with her talented friends in Montreal, many of whom were involved in music projects. Through one of the members of Ought, she met Colyn, the main force behind the group Wake Owl, and they decided to try working together for a few dates. Pretty soon, she was asked to serve as their FOH tech for the band’s upcoming tour.

Though she didn’t know the band members very well before heading out on the road, the group dynamic ended up working very well. The six of them – the four members of the band, herself and the tour manager – ended up travelling across Canada for 3 weeks, then across the United States for 6 weeks to tour the group’s new album, The Private World of Paradise.

Her Experience at Trebas

Experience at TrebasAsked about her experience at Trebas’ audio school, Amy explains that Trebas’ program gave her the tools and the confidence to start working in her field and gain more experience. Curiosity, she feels, is a great asset to have in this area of work, and Trebas’ education encourages you to be creative and think outside the box. Her audio engineering courses’ instructors were all interesting, funny, and willing to share their knowledge about different ways of doing things. This attitude helped her on the road, as she would often have conversations with other technicians about their methods. Ultimately, there’s no perfect way to engineer sound, which can be daunting, but is also a great opportunity to figure out your own style.

When discussing the role of a professional sound technician, Amy brings up something a friend of hers told her that she firmly agrees with. “This job is about the 60-40% split. You either are 60% an amazing tech and 40% a decent person to be around, or 60% awesome person and 40% good tech.” She adds that the important part is to know when to be which.

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