Member of the Month: Paul Starcevich

CMAC is full of individuals working hard to learn new skills, create content, and sharing it with the community. Each month we will highlight a CMAC member, their story, and the programming they create. For June, our member of the month is Paul Starcevich. He produces the show “CMAC’n on Location” which focuses on filming a lot of local musicians and occasionally other artists such as poets. Paul has been an audio engineer for several years and has volunteered his time on several staff and member productions working as camera operator to sound engineer and shown members a thing or two when it comes to sound. He also served one term on the CMAC Board of Directors.

1. If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would you want to be?
I would like to be able to continue wandering through the mountains so I think a bear would be my choice as the animal of choice.

2. What is your favorite music genre and who is your favorite artist of that genre? Song?
My favorite genre of music has evolved into the Blues because of the feeling and expression. However, my favorite artist, Bob Dylan, represents a far different genre. His music stands out beginning in my high school years and continues through today. Aside from his early acclaim, I also have additional ties. He attended the same high school as I did, though he preceded me by a few years. I also remember going with my mom to his father’s appliance store. Also, my mom played bridge with his mother occasionally. You must appreciate the hometown boy doing good. My favorite Dylan song, “Lay Down Your Weary Tune”, is a bit obscure but quite poetic.

3. What is your favorite restaurant?
Maria’s Taco Truck at the corner of Kings Canyon and Clovis has great food. It also make me think as I pass by, do I want to go home tonight and cook a dinner or just pick up a plate of tacos and not have to clean the kitchen?

4. What would your perfect vacation entail?
A nice long cinematic sunset with beautiful mountains or desert surrounding me. Then a clear moonless night, not too cold outside, to watch the constellations twist through the night sky. Then watch a great sunrise warming the outside, while sipping a cup of coffee.

5. When you’re feeling down, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
When I am feeling down, I just try to keep myself moving forward. I attempt to learn something new or to get out into the shop to build, create or restore things. Also volunteering gets me active.

6. What is your favorite hobby?
During my teens, I learned handiwork for fixing and painting houses and did yardwork jobs. At the same time, I volunteered my time to build, paint, light and setup sound on theatre stages. Oddly my hobby is building, painting, electrical, sound and gardening which is also the work I did most of my adult life.

7. What is your favorite movie and why?
Tender Mercies with Robert Duvall and Tess Harper is my favorite movie. It explores the depth of the human condition and rebuilding of one’s life. With regards to the block buster movie franchisees, Lord of the Rings is the top of my list.

8. What is a pet-peeve of yours?
My pet peeve is watching people being so attached to their phones. But what can I say since I must stare at a screen to edit in Premiere?

9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Wisdom would be my superpower, with the ability to wisely pass it on for others to use and learn.

10. How has CMAC been a positive influence in your life?
I had the experience of working with so many wonderful volunteers who have the passion to produce and tell stories to the community. I also had the pleasure of being on the Board as a member representative for one term, which provided additional insight into the workings of CMAC and the staff. I cannot thank enough the folks who have volunteered to run cameras at local music events and given me the opportunity to produce shows featuring music.

Posted: June 2nd, 2019 / Updated: 7:12 pm

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