My name is Chris, and I’ve been doing sound in its various flavors and varieties in Massachusetts for almost 30 years now.
As an entrepreneur and studio owner, the production credit has helped to keep me in business. I don’t have just one job; I work on several projects over the course of a year.
Much of what I earn does not qualify directly for the production credit, but a lot of work now finds me because I happen to be based here. We have such a large, competent, and mature workforce in all aspects of film and media production that the state has become a draw unto itself. While other states may have incentives in place, most do not have such a large pool of great people available to work, and that gives us a distinct edge. Further, the kind of work we have seen over the past few years has resulted in some incredibly talented people deciding to make the Commonwealth their home — which, in turn, brings in even more business.
In my almost-30 years in town, I’ve gone to college, raised a family (five kids, two of whom are in college now), renovated houses in Melrose and Roslindale, and bought more than a couple of cars — all while growing my business to accommodate the work that is flowing in.