Full Sail Grad Nick Bozzone: Audio Mixing in Los Angeles

When Full Sail grad Nick Bozzone began his sound career in Sacramento, he was just an intern – answering phones and auditioning music selections for commercial ads. However, it only took a month on the job for his employer to recognize his work ethic and technical knowledge, and soon Nick had landed a full-time position in the studio.

It was a quick journey for Nick, who admits that before enrolling at Full Sail, his knowledge of the audio industry was pretty thin.

“I had no idea there were jobs out there other than mixing records,” he recalls.

However, in the years following his graduation, Nick’s skills allowed him to delve into several different areas of sound recording, working on everything from music videos (Usher and Hollerado), to video games (The Darkness II and Spec Ops: The Line), to commercials for both radio and television. Recently, he did the sound design and mix on Harold’s Bad Day, an award-winning short film starring comedian Doug Benson, which was featured at the Slamdance Film Festival.

With these types of projects coming Nick’s way, in addition to his normal workload of commercial mixing, he admits the days can be long, but “never boring.” He has pulled a few 9 a.m. to  2 a.m. shifts throughout his career, and rest doesn’t always come in standard eight-hour blocks. “When that happens, I’m telling you, my mind goes back to those lab times [at Full Sail] and the fact that I’ve already gone through them and succeeded,” he recalls.

Now at POP Sound in Santa Monica, Nick’s advice to those entering the audio field after graduation is straightforward: “Realize that you’ve been given the basic tools you need to finish the job, based on your diploma,” but keeping that knowledge fresh and current is important.

“I still, to this day, constantly learn new things, because the progress of technology never stops.”

— Jimmy Sherfey