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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. 



So, what do you want to do with sound?

Right now, I want to work my way up to doing FOH. I want to learn as much as I can though, to be as resourceful as I could be. I'd like to learn more about monitors and the more technical aspects


What type of music do you like?

I love country, Motown, and classic rock. I like a lot of music, actually. I'm not too fond of hip-hop or rap, but I don't mind listening to it. My favorite singers are Elvis Presley and Lady Gaga.


Favorite Bible Verse?

I have a lot! I love the book of Ecclesiastes, James, Esther, and Romans.

I love 1 Peter 1:7-9 right now: 

7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 

9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.


What do you do on your free time?

I like learning something new, watching movies, writing, singing, going to Disneyland, and just sleeping.

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...