We had the good fortune of connecting with Kameron Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kameron, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is having the ability to keep an open mind. Although my background revolves around audio, I try to infuse other disciplines that could be beneficial for what I am trying to strive for: to understand sound as an energy source as well as its capabilities. For example, when I was in undergrad, I studied a tiny bit of text relating to hydrology to understand some concepts relating to acoustics and water. Hydrology is the study of the distribution and movement of water both on and below the Earth’s surface. Through my studies I found that there were other disciplines when it came to acoustics and water: water acoustics, ecoacoustics and acoustical oceanography. Although I was trying to understand water acoustics for recording purposes, for some reason I was drawn more into hydrology because I was open to learning more about water itself and other possible connections with sound. I took my audio cap off and decided to feed my brain with more knowledge on the matter.
Another example is acoustics and medicine. Originally, I thought sound could only be used for non traditional ceuticals and practices like mediation and/or sound healing. But it turns out that a couple of companies are looking into using high intense frequencies to eliminate cancer cells. I was able to reach out to an organization in Virginia to discuss more about the matter. Even Though it was mainly focused on bioengineering, I heard sound waves and cancer cells and I was immediately hooked.
The audio industry undervalues individuals that are multi disciplined, specifically because their main focus is recording the most high res sound pieces for creative projects. But I say the more you know, the better you will stand out in comparison to others. Knowledge is power, even when it’s outside of your area of expertise.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from others is my concentration and focus. My independent study focuses on the functionality of sonic patterns and its connection to the human brain. I have worked with a couple of companies through this past year that have incorporated sound into their practice, specifically for wellness purposes. In the future, once I have obtained both my masters and PhD, I plan to become a research scientist and use my skills to work in the field in some way, creating experiments relating to sound overall.
But getting to this point in my life was not an easy task, especially becoming the first in my family to do anything of the sort. Previously, I had to work two/three jobs to pay for my college tuition at The Community College of Baltimore County and by my senior year; when I was unemployed; I paid off the remaining balance by shoveling snow. I did the same thing when I transferred to Elon University (worked two jobs to pay for rent, food etc). When my laptop started to act a little funny, due to lack of storage and space, I would go to the library every day to read, study, send emails and network. I definitely had help along the way but it was challenging and, to be honest, it still is. I could always take the easy route, and do what everyone else is doing, but that’s not me. I think that’s one of the things I am proud of; my work ethic, my drive, and my eagerness to attempt something that’s different. The main thing the world should know about my story is that you should push and step away from what others are doing and make your own path.
I’m excited for what the future has in store for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m not really a home bound individual but home would be Maryland. I love to travel whenever I can and my friends from other locations would have to show me around the area that they currently live in. So I don’t really chill in my hometown too much. But whenever my girl friend would come up to visit me from North Carolina, I would take her around some local spots that either have historical significance (Old Ellicott City) or spots like Annapolis/Chesapeake Bay to chill close to the coast. We went to DMV Jet Skis by Chesapeake Beach to go jet skiing and chilled by the bay area and threw some frisbee around in the water. Also, since we have some friends in Silver Springs, we would walk around downtown to check out a couple of local restaurants like Charm Tai and since they’re close to Washington D.C, we would literally drive right down the street to Black Lives Matter Plaza or to the Lincoln Memorial.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give God the glory and praise for what he has done and continues to do for me. As I walk down the path of righteousness, I know he will continue to guide me in the right direction. Another person that I have to give a shoutout to is my mother. I wouldn’t be the man that I am today without her and her life lessons. My academic mentors: Fred Johnson, Dr.Cora Palfy, Brian Comotto, and Douglas Geers for everything they have taught me, from my time in undergrad until now, where I’m preparing to attend grad school. The Community College of Baltimore County, both the library and music tech facility. My dearest friends, family, and loved ones. And to everyone that either rejected me, let me go, or did not believe in me, I thank them as well, because their doubts pushed me towards greatness.
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