We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Marks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I never planned to start my own business! I was incredibly fortunate that freelance work kept coming my way, and eventually got to a point where I could no longer take it all on myself. Many very talented, passionate sound editors jumped at the opportunity to support me, and once it grew outside of just me doing the work, I decided that it was more than just myself that I was representing.
What should our readers know about your business?
Transported Audio is a unique post production sound company in that we aim to make the experience personal. We are storytellers first and foremost, but we are socially really deep listeners. We believe that synergy is born from getting to know people on a really deep level, and understanding their intentions and goals really well. Everything is subjective, and every project is unique, so communication is really essential in making something sound “good” for the people who entrust us.
Growing as a company was far from easy. It took a long time to get our name out there for enough people to see it and want to collaborate. Finding dedicated team members who share our vision and goals also took time. We learned a lot through trial and error, and never brushed over our mistakes.
Our goal has always been to create experiences where a viewer is completely immersed in a story. We are escapists that hope to bring viewers along for our journey as well. Full immersion is far from easy, but it’s something we strive for every day in our work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hermosa Beach is a great little local escape. Malibu hiking trails are also a lot of fun, followed by a trip to Paradise Cove. And nothing beats a historic movie theater like the Egyptian Theater!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have made my career possible. I wouldn’t be here without the support and mentorship of many great faculty at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Soon after graduating I was mentored by Rob Navrides, Neel Upadhye, Brad Fotsch, Marcello Dubaz, Kevin Senzaki, Adam Parrish King and Jay Hayes. They are all incredible people who shared so much time and knowledge when I truly needed it.