NAME: MiShawn Williams (@MiShawnWilliams)
COMPANY: BKM Music + Sound (http://benjaminkahle.com)
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We are a small and mighty music and sound design company based in Los Angeles. Benjamin Kahle, of the “BK” in BKM, started it 12 years ago.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Music Producer & Business Development Director
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Since Ben has been a self-sufficient composer and sound designer for many years on his own, he still produces a lot of our projects. So, more of my focus is on developing business relationships and, in particular, developing our latest offering our music library, which focuses on what we do best: radio-ready, edgy, electronic and pop tracks ready to license for projects that are budget and time challenged.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
For people outside of our profession, it surprises them that I’m a “Music Producer” who doesn’t actually make music.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
“Wow, you did that? Why haven’t we ever worked with you before?”
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
“Wow, you did that? Why haven’t we ever heard of you before?”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Any time of the day that I stop and realize “Wow, life is good, and LA is amazing!”
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Writing novels on the beach, singing jazz in dark Parisian cafes, and dancing tango in Argentina.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
It really wasn’t anything as deep as finding my “calling” or “path.” I was just out of college and thought that the music business was fun, loud and fabulous, and I wanted that lifestyle. I stayed in it because I got good at it (after many stumbles along the way), and the quick turnaround of commercials meant also quick moments of satisfaction at the completion of each job. I really like that.
CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Callaway Golf, Suzuki, Marie Callenders and TV Land Promos.
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My iPhone, Beats by Dre, and a wireless phone headset (the operator kind.. makes all the difference when making calls)
WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
LinkedIn, Facebook and Slideshare.
I KNOW THAT KEEPING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT SMALL IS A BIG PART
OF WHAT YOU DO. HOW ABOUT A QUICK TIP FOR OTHERS?
One thing that I notice for myself is that it’s hard to stay consistent with your environmental efforts sometimes. For example, recycling. Everyone has a recycle bin in the kitchen, but we typically do not have a separate recycle in other parts of the home or office. Make it easy to remember by putting extra “recycle only” bins in every active room.