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Meet Bin Lin of Studio42film in Lake Balboa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bin Lin.

Bin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Along the way to where I am today, I think my experience is pretty peculiar compared to many of my peers. I’m sure many of my past partners and colleagues didn’t imagine that I would end up on the path to becoming a sound designer. And from my perspective, my journey has been to keep taking every opportunity to try to improve myself. Whenever I feel slack and want to stop, I remind myself that I’m fortunate to live in this fantastic time that I shouldn’t give up so early but instead keep trying to see more of it. And now, when I look back at how far I’ve come, it feels like a return to the roots – to become a storyteller.

During my junior high and high school years, I was not a very bright and outgoing person. I didn’t have any particularly unique experiences at an age when I was most supposed to be wildly uninhibited. Instead, I immersed myself in the novel and the movie, enjoying one thrilling adventure in the story. In particular, I also fall in love with the audio drama podcast. This experience made me realize that storytellers are a very sacred job, and their stories provide an opportunity to experience a different life for those who can’t really go for the adventure in reality. So when I graduated from high school, I had this vision of becoming a storyteller and then working in the TV or film industry.

I feel very fortunate to have met a group of like-minded storytellers in college who change quite a lot. Before I met them, I never dreamed I would enjoy teamwork so much. Although our majors leaned more towards journalism, during our four years in college, our group was more passionate about making viral and narrative short films as opposed to the news. With the encouragement from our mentor Prof. Yun Lin, we end up reaching the 9th Annual Global Chinese Universities Student Film and Television Festival in Hong Kong in 2012, which is the first hight light of my professional career.

Long story short, by the time I graduate from undergrad college, I had fallen in love with the teamwork. So as soon as I graduated, I moved to Beijing, the center of the Chinese TV and film industry, to work as an editor. After almost four years of struggle, as my life was becoming more stable, I felt a slight crisis. A voice is itched in my mind, “seizing the time, don’t give up and settle too early.” So in 2016, I quit my job, move to the United States to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production at Chapman University Dodge College. This’s where I picked up my passion for sound production from my high school period and made the transition from editor to sound designer. And I also meet my classmate and later partner in crime – Xueying Ou. In 2019, several of our sound design works have been selected by several film festivals worldwide and been screen in the theatre, such as The Directors Guild of America, Taipei’s National Palace Museum and Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

I am so grateful to have many mentors, friends, and family helping along the way. Without their encouragement and inspiration, I will never stay the chance to become what I am today. 2020 might be tough, but I still believe that everything will get brighter!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s a tough road, as they always said, “A man’s greatest enemy is often himself.” I have consistently fought with my own nature that often against me whenever I try to move forward. In the very beginning, it was my rather withdrawn nature working against me. Thanks to my peers in undergrad and grad school, it didn’t take me too long to get rid of it. Although I still love to stay along and work on the project by myself. But believe me, it’s much worst before. And for someone who works in sound post-production, such a character is even considered an advantage, since we spend a great deal of time every day working alone.

The other one comes from my upbringing, I was never in the top category when I was a child. And my parents are both played the role of tougher pushers in my education. So when I grew up, I would often reflect on myself. But over-reflection always tends to lead to a lack of self-confidence, which in turn can lead to stagnation. Every time I’m down, my heart reminds me of something, my friend once said, “Look how lucky we are to be able to live in such interesting times. We should take the opportunity to move forward to discover more ‘scenery’ and to witness these times so that life is not wasted.” (I think these probably why I feel so touched everything when I watch and listen to Hamilton, and the Schuyler sisters are singing, “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. History is happening in Manhattan, and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world!”) I think I appreciate all these challenges in my path. They are the counter side that keeps pushing me to become a better me.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Studio42film story. Tell us more about the business.
Xueying and I are running a sound production and post-production business. We record and design sound for film and television, commercial, interview, documentary, games, and internet content.

We deeply believe in the power of editing and sound design to enhance emotional storytelling by collaborating with the most creative minds and using the most updated technology available to provide the best experience to our clients. We know post-production is a long and tough journey, and we dedicate to be there and work closely with customers and deeply understanding their needs and requirements to help them achieve their dream.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe luck is essential to everyone who works in the entertainment industry. Especially in Hollywood, you often hear people say the same thing when describing their professional paths, “I was lucky to have the opportunity to…” So luck is a must, but not the only thing. You need to prepare yourself so that when luck finds you, you can take your shot.

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