11th Aug 2021

Staff Spotlight: Meet our Media & Entertainment team

At Keywords Studios, we bring passion to every pixel, every project, every aspect of technology and media.

As well as being a leading technical and creative services platform for the video games industry, we continue to support new clients in adjacent sectors and our work in the broader Media & Entertainment (M&E) sector with Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+ and others has increased in recent years.

Recently we spoke with Julie Wasdell, Global Manager, Alexia Mayoral, Audio Project Coordinator and Raul Valadez, Production Manager, to understand what life is like working in M&E for Keywords Studios. 

Here’s what they had to say. 

What does your typical day at work look like?

Julie: I am a Jack of all trades – from business development to production. I love getting new clients on board as well as maintaining existing relationships with broadcasters, streaming platforms and content partners.

I also love working closely with the team in the studio and being part of the creative process. I feel lucky and privileged to have an input from the beginning to the end of a project.

Alexia: I communicate the project’s needs to the rest of the team and follow up to make sure everything functions in the best way possible. The area I enjoy focusing on the most is pre-production – getting everything ready so the team can focus on what they do best.

Raul: I oversee the whole production, from quotations to scheduling recordings, proposing directors and translators. I’m always connected to the entire team (Audio Production Coordinator, Recording and Post Production Engineers, QA) I make sure everything is delivered with high quality to the client.

Julie Wasdell, Alexia Mayoral and Raul Valadez
Julie Wasdell, Alexia Mayoral and Raul Valadez

How did you get into Media & Entertainment? What inspired your career path?

Julie: I got into Media & Entertainment when I joined MTV back in 2002 (I suddenly feel very old!).

As a teen, I wanted to be a musician or a sound engineer. I moved to London in 1998 to pursue my studies further and ended doing an MA in Media studies in 2000 whilst doing some work experience in a production company.

Now, more than 20 years later, I am doing a job that I absolutely love.

Alexia: I’ve always had a passion for storytelling. I love how picture, sound and movement come together to tell a story.

Raul: I got into Media & Entertainment as a coincidence. I started in a dubbing company as talent coordinator and suddenly I fell in love with the profession.

I gained the trust and confidence of my bosses and started developing more until I could manage a studio. Now, 14 years later, I can say that I could be in the movie theater, or watching television and be proud of seeing something I was involved with.

What have you gained from working in Media & Entertainment (M&E) for Keywords?

Julie: I have been a lot more involved in the creative process as I sit in a recording studio. Attending casting, recordings, meeting directors and actors has been an extremely valuable experience.

Alexia: I have gained a better understanding of the Media & Entertainment industry and of the global workflow. It has been a very interesting experience in many ways.

Raul: To know and meet people very experienced in the area around the world, always with a smile on their face and always happy to help you.

Experience and the satisfaction to know that we will always deliver an excellent product because I’m surrounded by a great team

What do you like best about working for Keywords Studios?

Julie: The people, without a doubt. The Liquid Violet team is like a family to me, and the Global Media & Entertainment collective, led by wonder woman Elodie Powers, is a group of very humble but extremely talented people.

Alexia: The amazing group of people from all over the world that I have had the privilege of working with and calling a team, as well as being able to be a part of incredible projects.

Raul: The possibility ‘travel’ around to the world in eight hours. You can talk with someone in Montreal at 9am then someone in Italy at 11am and finally someone in L.A. at 6pm.

Also, the amazing people who you can reach out to with a query and they will be always glad to help.

And, finally, what advice would you give to job seekers considering a career in Media & Entertainment?

Julie: Be passionate, always aim for the best and work hard. It will be rewarding in the long run. Also, watch and take an interest in TV!

Alexia: I would say to definitely try out different areas of it as soon as possible to better understand which one you would be the perfect fit for.

Media & Entertainment has a place for many kinds of skills and people.

Raul: Always look for the details. Don’t stop believing, keep studying, and be nice. 

If you are interested in a Media & Entertainment role at Keywords Studios, you can find current open positions on our Careers page.

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