As a freelance Production Sound Mixer, one of my keys to success is arriving early to every call time. The picture above demonstrates one example of why this is a good idea. On the way to a shoot I accidentally drove over a discarded key chain in the road which punctured my tire. Fortunately I had some extra time and changing to a spare tire only cost me about 15 minutes and didn't slow the shoot down at all. (And thankfully the repair shop I took it to the next day only charged me about $15 for the patch!)
Dave Burt is a career audio engineer and is currently working as a freelance Production Sound Mixer.