The Art of Holding the Mic

Delaware / Nov. 13, 2012 / by Chris
The Art of Holding the Mic

At the filmings for our stories, everyone has a role. At this point in the year, we are all pretty comfortable with them. Steven is our primary film person, Amy Wallace is our secondary film person, Amy Chin takes pictures, and Rob asks questions. My role? Boom mic holder.

Now, you might think that my background in audio recording, or my general knowledge of music and audio got me this job. It turns out that these skills have no correlation to being a good mic holder. In fact, even the ability to point the mic precisely at the speaker is considered less like a necessity and more like a nice bonus. No, the only skill required for holding the mic, and the reason why I think no one has yet challenged me for the role, is having shoulders that can hold the boom pole through long interviews.

It may not be the most glamorous job, but it has some great benefits. I almost always get to hear all the interviews. Also, I'm told that having a job that no one else wants is an excellent form of job security. And, of course, it is doing wonders for my core. So I will continue to hold the boom mic...at least for the next month or so.