We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Ruiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When it comes to risk, it is one of the biggest & most constant things that I worry about in my career. It is never easy & no matter how I weigh the pros & cons of it all I never know what the final outcome will be. Along my path I have taken multiple risks to be able to get to where I am today and the biggest one was moving out to Los Angeles with no job or clear plan laid out. The only thing I knew was that I had a dream to accomplish & to be able to progress in making that dream a reality I had to move out here & get my start to make a name for myself. With every decision I make almost every day I am taking a risk, some smaller than others but nonetheless it is something that comes up often in my field of work. Whether it’s making a creative decision on a project I am working with to taking an opportunity that has been offered to me at a moment’s notice. Risk is something that I have learned to see both the good and bad in as well as not fear it but rather enjoy & look forward to where it might take me.
I have met many wonderful people along my journey & if I had never taken the chance to step out from under my comfort zone I would not be where I am today in life. Risk is something that I will continue to engage in with my life & something that excites me now rather than frightens me. I only want to go further in life so I know there will be many more risks to take along the way but I won’t stop until I reach the top of where life & these risks will take me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an audio-post engineer for film & television I currently work full-time for The Zeus Network while taking on the occasional freelance gig here & there over the weekend. For me, my job is to edit & clean out the dialogue then provide a final mixdown of the entire show that will be set to broadcast on our platform.
It wasn’t easy to get to where I am today & it took a lot & I mean a lot of work to get to where I am today in my career. For me the thing that sets me apart from the competition is not just the effort & time that I put into the projects, it is the problem solving that I am able to do, it’s the companionship & warmth I am able to provide to people in saying “it’s ok let’s get through this together. What do we need to do?” It’s the fact that I can make what seems like a stressful or almost impossible challenge something that while may not be able to be completely fixed or corrected, something that we can figure out. Creating an environment where people feel comfortable & re-assured in is one of the hardest things to do & it is not something that is taught in schools. Being a nice & reliant person is something that goes a long way & it’s what separates individuals from others. I may not know everything there is to know about what I do but I am always taking the time to learn more while the school work may have ended for me a while back the real-world learning is always coming every day & it’s constantly changing as well.
I didn’t get to where I am today by just doing what I learned in school in fact a lot of what I know now they didn’t even teach in school. Every new place I go to the workflow is different & I have to be able to adapt to how things are done or else I am going to be left behind & not make the cut. By no means is this field easy, the hours are long, the requests are sometimes ridiculous & the people that you work with can be downright unkind & hurtful. It will make you question whether or not you are good enough to succeed or make it in your career it can even get you to a point where you just feel like giving up & going home, heck even switching careers into something that is more simple with a 9-5 schedule. The thing is for me, that is something that I just can’t imagine myself doing even though I have laid out all these negative things about my field of work, I love what I do & I wouldn’t change that for the world. I know that as I continue to grow the workload is only going to become more and more but I am ok with that.
I want to keep going to the top & no matter what I am going to achieve my dreams. I guess what I want for people to know about me and my story is that dreams are not made easy. There will be many obstacles that come at you from all different angles but the thing is if you can keep your eye on the prize & focus in on the bigger picture, the possibilities are endless. I want for my story to keep pushing that someone who is having doubts but knows that they want to achieve something no matter what it takes, follow your path & set it out for yourself by the end of the day it’s your dream & nobody else’s you have to make sure you reach it & hold yourself accountable along the way.
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.
The beach without a doubt is one of the most calming & enjoyable places to go, the boardwalk in Venice has great shops to look through as well as plenty of food stops along the route in case you want snacks or something to eat while laying in the sand. The sound of waves crashing along the shore is something that is always a good time.
Next, when it comes to drinks there are so many bars & spots to go to for a drink I don’t even know where to begin but if you are looking for some karaoke while you sip on your drink then Scum & Villany Cantina in West Hollywood is the place to go. Especially if you are a fan of star wars the entire bar is decked out to look like the Cantina bar from Star Wars & has drinks that go with the theme of the place.
Now for food no matter what you are feeling California has something for everyone but my favorite restaurant to go to is salsa & beer in Sherman Oaks where they serve the best Mexican food that I have tasted so far in all of Southern California. The portions are also huge & for the price not only will it fill you up but you can’t go wrong with it, they are also home to my favorite margaritas in all of Los Angeles.
If hiking is your thing then we got plenty of those around here Griffith park being one of the biggest with it’s 50 miles of trails going up & down and all around you can go in all different directions & end up somewhere new each time and while you are there you can also take the time to check out the zoo exhibits that are located nearby.
Finally, when it comes to entertainment California is one of the states where you never have to worry about that & if escape rooms are your thing then check out The Architect Escape Rooms where you and a group of friends can enjoy solving puzzles & mysteries in one of their escape room adventures. It is extremely fun & highly recommended the staff does a great job of making the puzzles challenging and not overly difficult depending on your skill level.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people I would like to thank for where I am today.
1st & foremost my mother Nidia & my grandmother Maria, have supported me since the beginning & shaped me into the person that I am today every little thing they did, every bit of love, support & encouragement helped not only to keep me pushing forward but to not give up & focus on the bigger picture. I would not be where I am now without their help, they have given me so much & I can never thank them enough for that.
2nd I want to thank the man who not only gave me my 1st big opportunity working in audio-post but who trained me to work with the best of the best & how things are done properly in the big leagues. The Sound Supervisor for NCIS:LA Wilson took me under his wing along with bringing me into the NCIS:LA audio-post crew and through working with the team on hands-on experience I was able to learn so much of the detail that goes into making the show. The entire team is made up of people that are just fantastic to work with & each of them taught me a lot of the skills that I use today in my work.
Finally, I would like to thank Kylee & her family she was such a huge support for me when we 1st moved out to California together, when I began my journey it was just me and her for the longest time. All my worries, stresses, thoughts & concerns I only had her to share with for the longest time. Though time has lead us down different paths, Kylee & her family were such a big part of helping me get to where I am today in life & to this day I hope they know how much all their support meant to me.
Billye Sands Thera Fanny