Dirk Sciarrotta (Class of ‘94, B.A., music) has "Emmy Award-winning
sound effects mixer" on his resume. Thus far in his career, Sciarrotta
has 11 nominations and two Daytime Emmy Awards from the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Achievement
in Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing under his belt.
“It’s all about getting it right the first time with very little rehearsal,” says the Torrance native, whose work includes editing audio for high-profile broadcast and performance clients such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Madonna, and Cirque du Soleil.
While a student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Sciarrotta aspired to becoming a recording engineer like his uncle, Don Sciarrotta.
“I never thought I would be doing television,” he says after fifteen years in the industry.“Before this, I worked for Disneyland for seven years. I started while I was still in school, doing live sound at the park for all their shows. After meeting some people in the television industry, an opportunity opened up, and I did well at it. So it snowballed from there.”
When asked what was next on the horizon, Sciarrotta quips, “More Emmys. I need bookends.”
In 2006, Sciarrotta combined his years of expertise with those of his business partner, Tom Evans, to establish Cuelogic Audio. Their company provides custom audio playback systems to the entertainment industry and their equipment and software has been used during broadcasts of the "The Golden Globes," "The Grammy Awards," "The Apprentice Finale," "The Soul Train Awards," "The BET Awards," CBS's "Rock Star Supernova," DirecTV's "CDUSA," "The Country Music Awards," "Dancing With The Stars," "Dance Wars," and "Family Feud."
Sciarrotta says that his greatest influence as a student at Dominguez Hills was professor of music David Bradfield.
“He was real; he told you like it was,” says Sciarrotta. “He didn’t sugarcoat anything, which prepared us to leave school. You weren’t surprised when you got out there in the working world.”