Realtime Casting interviews “a man behind the glass” in NYC, audio engineer Dylan Tishler of Lotas Productions
Lotas Productions is a recording studio in New York City just north of the Flatiron District, and New York’s “Silicon Alley”. Founded and operated by Jim Kennelly, whom also serves as GM of Realtime Casting, we often get the chance to talk to the staff of Lotas working behind the glass when a Realtime Casting client wants to run a voiceover session from a professional studio.
One such person working behind the glass at Lotas is Dylan Tishler, an audio engineer gaining experience everyday, while working with some of the country’s best voice artists. Given his fresh perspective on the industry, we asked him to do a quick interview for us!
Interview with a Man Behind the Glass: Dylan Tishler
- Like many audio engineers, I was in a band in high school and wanted to record our first album. My next door neighbor was a professional composer and engineer with a home studio, and showed me the basics of digital recording. He was very generous and recorded our first demo. I was amazed at how four mediocre high school musicians could sound great. Recognizing that my neighbor had made a decent living through this line of work was enough to convince me to go for it.
2. What is your favorite part about working in a recording studio?
- The best part of working in a recording studio? The people. Editing, mixing, and mastering do not change drastically from project to project, but working with different people every day keeps everything fresh. On any given day we may be working with a Broadway actor, a musician, a full-time voice artist, or even a Wall Street broker.Also, wearing jeans to work is pretty nice.
3. What surprised you the most on that very first day you began working with voice actors?
- Coming from a music background I was familiar with shy, introverted artists who are deeply attached to their work. This was not the case with voice actors. Many voice actors open up to you very quickly, which was surprising to me. The fact that voice actors aren’t too emotionally attached to the material they’re recording was a new experience for me. It makes the production more of a team effort.
4. What surprised you the least on that first day?
- The least surprising thing was the technical aspects. It’s slightly different from recording music, but the demands are the same; don’t screw it up and always backup your work.
5. What is your favorite thing about working in the voice over industry?
- My favorite part about the voice over industry is that every project has value in the real world. Whether it’s a TV commercial, a corporate narration, or a podcast, there are several elements a producer weighs to achieve his or goals. For example, “Who is the target audience? What are we selling? What specific words resonate with people?” The advertising aspect is really fun for me.Another thing I like is that almost everything is disposable in this industry. Ad campaigns and trends come and go. Being successful in one moment won’t guarantee success in the future. It’s frustrating for a voice artist, but it is what it is.
(below a recent session with Stephanie Hayes, Realtime Casting member)