Andrea Fröhlich and the Transformative Power of Sound
Sound. It's something we experience every second. Whether it’s the lulling noise of waves crashing against the shore, or the subtle tapping of your foot as you read this article, our world is transformed by it. Think about the emotions you feel when you listen to your favorite song, or the terror you endure leading up to a scary moment in a movie. Andrea Fröhlich has made her life’s work to awaken our senses and bring our tv, music and films to life. She’s a Venezuelan who is chasing her dream of becoming an oscar winning sound engineer.
Fröhlich developed a unique relationship with sound from the very beginning. She didn’t listen to music the way most people do.
“I used to break down songs into pieces. I’d grab a piece of paper and make a puzzle out of music.”
Her parents put her in music school when she was young, and she rejected it vehemently. Ultimately, it was the best thing they could have ever done for their daughter. She learned the technical knowledge that would become her way of life.
“Parents are there to influence you and you can choose to take it or not. I’m very grateful they made me go to music school.”
Fröhlich had the ability to pick up any instrument and know how it worked. She effortlessly played the flute, clarinet, bass, drums, and guitar. Sound became her form of expression.
“Sound is everything to me. It’s my art, it’s my craft. It’s my way of expressing myself.”
Venezuela didn’t have many opportunities in the way of sound and music, so she moved to Miami. In school, she worked with the film students to create sound and music for their short movies. She realized that sound had the ability to drive films and change the way we feel when watching them. Upon graduation, she knew she wanted to become a big time, Hollywood sound engineer.
“When I realized I wanted to do this for the rest of my life, I definitely saw myself working in motion pictures and doing sound design for movies.”
Upon graduation, she found a unique niche that allowed her to gain experience and make it to Los Angeles faster than she ever imagined. She started dubbing, the process of putting a language over another language, for television shows.
“Its overwhelming to be in Los Angeles. Now that i’m here, I know it’s there for me. It’s just a matter of working your behind off.”
Now, she’s only a stone throw away from that iconic Hollywood sign, where her job awaits.
“I’m going to keep doing what I love and learning everyday. I’m living my dream right now. I believe when you work hard and you have your mind set on something, life is going to take you there.”
When she gets her Oscar someday, she wants to accept it in honor of all of the women in the industry.
“You don’t see a lot of women in this field. I want people to know that girls can kick ass at doing this.”