Ivan Ruiz-Knott Writer, Producer, Sound Designer, Editor
I’ve long been excited about narrative radio stories, frequently toying with the idea of a career change and even once attending a Transom Traveling Workshop. Perhaps because most of my professional work is so visual I’ve deeply enjoyed the change of medium. Casting about in the darkness, chasing sound.
As an amateur, most of my output has been sporadic and unrelated, though I keep looking for something thematic that could justify and motivate a consistent show.
In one of my futures I figure it out. I produce a steady stream of narrative audio pieces, pitching stories and contributing producing to my favorite shows. I start going to Third Coast. Engage without being overwhelmed by it all. Livvy and I give up our life of modest, two-bedroom luxury to live in squalor in New York City, eating through our savings while I charm my way into internships by telling everyone about how decades before Rob Rosenthal once called me “the doctor”. And one-day, an old man, I gleefully accept a role as a producer at This American Life. Ira (may he rest in peace) is long dead, but I remember him fondly, putting up the picture that was taken of us on my 28th birthday, half a century before, and remember his distinctive voice telling me “You should make radio.”