We had the good fortune of connecting with Sukchan Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sukchan, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important thing when I work is to focus on details. Since the goal of audio in video games is to give a memorable and immersive experience to players, it is crucial to support the story and make it authentic. For instance, let’s say there is a door opening scene. Depending on the squeaky noise of the door, it can be comedy, drama or horror. To make the right choice, it is necessary to have information as possible since every door has different size, weight, materials, knob and hinges. Moreover, the emotion of the character such as Is he or she happy, sad or angry? Why is he or she opening this door? Sometimes I need to bother game developers or film directors by asking too many questions. However, we all know that little things can make a big difference.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I keep working busy as a sound designer and composer for video games and films. Last year, I finished Rusty Spout Rescue Adventure, and I am about to wrap up Brave Eduardo and Speek Up(working title) in a couple of months. There will be a new video game project starting soon and I have been writing music for documentary series, Off The Cuff.

I think what sets me apart from others is my endurance. Making a video game or a film is a long, not easy process of balancing opinions and iterating ideas. And often, lots of revisions are required. Even clients say no, however, it does not mean my work is not good. It means we have different thoughts. So we start talking again. During this process, there is time to feel exhausted or frustrated, but the key is to stay healthy both physically and mentally, and to keep going forward.

It was not easy to work as a freelancer, especially at the beginning. I was confident to create the best quality audio, but I didn’t have a presence yet. I was looking for opportunities in the audio communities, but it was difficult to find one. So I started thinking creatively, came out of the box, and joined game developers’ communities. In fact, I could learn about the industry through the audio communities, but I could meet people who needed my sound and music at the other places. Since the pandemic happened, I am using social media more actively to meet new people.

It sounds like a cliche but there is a priceless lesson; Never stop learning. Since the technology is evolving fast, it is essential to keep techniques up to date. Most of the work is done with computers now and each project requires different softwares. Knowing how to use those programs is like to know words in languages. The more words you know, the more fluently you speak.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have a couple of routes I enjoyed. One is at DTLA. Starting from The Last Bookstore, heading to Bradbury building, Grand Central Market, then take Angel’s Flight Railway to The Broad and Disney Hall. Finally, take a walk in Grand Park and visit El Pueblo. Next course would be Getty Villa and Malibu. These are great places to watch beautiful historic arts and relax in such nice scenery.

Currently, it is not available yet but I miss going to concerts. Hollywood Bowl is an exceptional concert place and Jazz at LACMA on Friday night is wonderful for picnicking.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely yes! The first person I would like to dedicate my shoutout to is my wife. She is a talented graphic designer who has worked over years. However, she is now working occasionally, rather spending her time to support me. She is my manager, agent, counselor and best friend. And my daughter, too. Everyday I feel motivated and encouraged just by watching her. Before I met her, I thought I fully sympathized with others, but I was wrong. She is pulling my feelings to the next level. Without my family, I couldn’t get through all the obstacles I had faced and wouldn’t be here today.

On top of that, I want to thank all the generous audio professionals. The audio community, especially in the game industry, is pretty tight-knit. Every one of them are really friendly, willing to help others and grow the community together. I cannot wait to meet them and have a chat in person.

Website: https://sukchanlee.com

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIoQO6kwATMUbxwrqab7oHQ

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