Butterfly on fire
My name is Kari Martinez, I'm a sound engineer, and I graduated in May of 2019 with my BA in Mass Communication from California State University, Los Angeles. In 2015, I became interested in the field of Communication when my music teacher let me intern for her record label, and let me run her social media, book some gigs, and sell merchandise at one of her concerts. I realized how important it was to interact with people when I realized my voice caused action: receiving comments on posts, getting gigs, selling CDs. My love for music and communicating were the stepping stones that led me to live sound. I knew I wanted to be in the music scene, but I was too young to realize where I properly fit in. Behind the scenes was where I found my niche.
I knew some concepts of live sound from hanging around my music teacher, but I didn't know much. I've been officially involved with live sound since 2018; I started volunteering at my church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, and have learned so much since. I have been blessed to have moved up and gain a plethora of opportunities and experience including: freelance, shadowing, networking, and branching out to help other churches. I fell in love with sound and the idea of it being an art and a science... like communication.
Realizing there are not a lot of female influences in the A/V, Production, STEM industry, I want to create a platform where other girls can get encouragement, relate, and be empowered. Being a work in progress, both my website and me, I hope to merge my study of communication and experience in live sound to fine-tune, expand, and explore my abilities, crafts, and skills to be a better resource for others.
There are so many things people don't know about me that I wish they knew. I always thought I could get away with not showing who I truly am, but the time has come where I don't have a choice but to show them. I'm ready.
I just want to serve God. I'm drawn to the things that I know are not common for someone like me to be a part of. It's not easy, but if that's the way God is going to use me to be glorified, then so be it. I just have to divorce my bed every morning/ afternoon...
I DON'T WANT TO BE COMFORTABLE.
I WANT TO BE GRITTY