October 12, 2019
When I was younger, there were two names my parents used that I knew meant trouble. If I heard “Candace Rae” from the other room, I knew I was in trouble. You know the kind of trouble where you lose your TV privileges (or worse) for a few days or more? Trouble took on a new meaning if I heard them call me by their preferred nickname “Can-Do-Candace”. This was when I knew there was trouble coming in a different kind of way. This was the kind of trouble where you know you’re about to get stretched to your limits, pushed to go further than you’ve gone before. I was defined by these names in some of the best ways possible. They shaped who I am. Now, I am proud to use them as my social media handles because these two names pretty much sum up my personality and my LA life, even my journey to get here. If you hear my name, just know that trouble is coming… a force to be reckoned with, but in a good way–the best way possible. I’m not a quitter; I’m a fighter. I’m Candace Rae, the Can-Do-Candace.
When I first moved to LA I was known as a “fixer”. I was often hired to work on the sound of the most treacherous film/episodic deliveries. I love my clients and the end art we create. At the end of the day, puzzle solving is one of the reasons I chose film and sound specifically, so I guess I just love the challenge.
NOTE: To all the directors & producers I’ve worked for independently: I love you all so much, and you have a special place in my heart for trusting me with your short films, episodic/web series, and feature film babies. It has been an honor making elevated art with you all, and I hope we have the opportunity to continue to work on your projects together.
So when you see my handles, let it serve as a reminder–I’m a whirlwind; a force to be reckoned with; trouble in the best way possible is headed right for your project, event, and/or team; but also, I CAN DO IT. There is nothing I have encountered in my career or life in which I’ve been weighed and found wanting. Follow along, and you’ll eventually get to hear me share more about my personal story, but to kick it off here’s more about me.
I am #CandaceRaeInLA. I am a sound designer, sound editor, and when I’m feeling particularly overachieving, I sound supervise on smaller independent movies. Though I want to be a full-time supervisor some day I don’t think I’ll ever fully give up my Trackball and chair at an editor’s seat. As I’ve heard so many of the sound OG’s say, “You never really retire from sound.” When you choose to do sound for your career, you do it because you love it. Some of my favorite people to work with are those who have fallen in love with the art of sound after the fact of getting knee deep in the trenches with us and realizing it’s no longer about the money; it’s about the heart of the art.
Sound is an art and as such cannot be done with the sole motivation of money. People can tell when a piece of art is motivated by the money and when there is heart in it. Sound, for me, is a playground of endless imagination and possibilities–puzzles to be solved and a world full of minds to be bent by the tricks and treats that sound has to offer. As Spiderman’s uncle says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” If you’re going to wield a tool as powerful as sound in film, be sure you are worthy of the power it gives you. Learn your craft well, and never believe that you have learned everything. There’s always something new to learn. It is my opinion that if and when you do feel that way then you have limited your capabilities to such a small sliver of the endless possibilities of film storytelling through sound.
This is how I approach all of my work:
“Sound is my paint; ProTools is my brush; and your projects are my canvases.”
I am a sound artist, an architect of worlds, a sonic forensic master, a master of disguise and manipulation/redirection- a magician of sorts. I’m basically everything a kid wants to be when they grow up all rolled up in one. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.