When Joe started their career, they had no idea what sound engineering was, let alone that they would one day be a rising star in the industry. Working in telesales by day and as a DJ by night, Joe decided to do a BTEC in Music Technology in their home town of Nottingham before moving to London to study for a Music Technology degree at the London College of Music. It was a module on 'Sound for Film' that piqued their interest. As luck would have it, one of their regular customers at the Soho gelateria they worked at was a film editor, who encouraged them to apply for jobs at post production houses. At 27, Joe got their first job in the field, as a runner at Halo.
The first film Joe worked on in sound editorial was Radioactive, with Rosamund Pike playing Marie Curie, and they have worked on all sorts of different projects since, including the latest Bond film No Time to Die, for which Joe had to sign a lot of non-disclosure agreements! Joe loves being part of the storytelling process, and using sound to bring films to life, even if audiences don’t always understand the role of the sound editor/mixer. Ultimately, they hope to become a Supervising Sound Editor.
Joe couldn’t believe it when they heard they had been named a Breakthrough. They are excited both for the opportunities the scheme will bring and for the chance to represent trans people in the industry. Inclusivity and representation are big driving forces for Joe in their work, and they strive to promote diversity within the industry.
Joe’s Breakthrough credit is feature film Radioactive