MacArthur Alumna enters the story of her dream career
MacArthur High School alumnus Sydnee Johnson made history with her dream career in sound mixing.
His career in audio and sound mixing was first inspired by his time on KMAC, the student-directed and produced show at MacArthur. KMAC allowed Johnson to learn the basics of sound creation and familiarize himself with audio editing software.
“It seemed like everyone wanted to be on camera or use the camera, and I was the only person who just wanted to do audio,” Johnson explains. “I’ve always been drawn to audio and sound control in different ways.”
After graduating from MacArthur in 2007, Johnson went to the University of North Texas to study film. Her love of all things audio led her to take an internship in the world of sound effects design. For three months, she worked with a band to create a library of zombie apocalypse-themed sound effects.
She got hooked and later worked as a mixer, editor and recorder for various companies. Over the years, Johnson’s career has included many unique opportunities, including a chance to work as a sound mixer for NFL Films.
In his role at NFL Films, Johnson worked on the audio team for regular season games, feature films and broadcasts, and even the Super Bowl. In addition to these unique opportunities, Johnson also worked on the first all-female audio crew in NFL Films history. Today, she is the only woman doing audio for NFL Films.
For Johnson, being a woman in a male-dominated industry has never slowed her pursuit of her dream career. After years dedicated to a profession she loves, she is proud to show that with hard work, anyone can achieve their goals.
For other young women pursuing dream careers, Johnson shares some words of wisdom.
“Trust your instincts and put yourself fully into what you’re doing if you like it,” says Johnson. “It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman. If you love what you do, you will naturally be attracted to people who also love what they do.